159 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
Centuries: 3rd century BC2nd century BC1st century BC
Decades: 180s BC  170s BC  160s BC  – 150s BC –  140s BC  130s BC  120s BC
Years: 162 BC 161 BC 160 BC159 BC158 BC 157 BC 156 BC
159 BC in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 159 BC
Ab urbe condita 595
Armenian calendar N/A
Assyrian calendar 4592
Bahá'í calendar −2002 – −2001
Bengali calendar −751
Berber calendar 792
English Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 386
Burmese calendar −796
Byzantine calendar 5350–5351
Chinese calendar 辛巳(Metal Snake)
2538 or 2478
    — to —
壬午年 (Water Horse)
2539 or 2479
Coptic calendar −442 – −441
Discordian calendar 1008
Ethiopian calendar −166 – −165
Hebrew calendar 3602–3603
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −102 – −101
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2943–2944
Holocene calendar 9842
Igbo calendar −1158 – −1157
Iranian calendar 780 BP – 779 BP
Islamic calendar 804 BH – 803 BH
Japanese calendar N/A
Juche calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2175
Minguo calendar 2070 before ROC
Thai solar calendar 385

Year 159 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Dolabella and Nobilior (or, less frequently, year 595 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 159 BC for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years.


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Seleucid Empire[edit]

  • With the Seleucid victory in Judea over the Maccabees, Alcimus is re-established as the Jewish high priest and a strong force is left in Jerusalem to support him. However, he does not enjoy his triumph for long as he dies soon after from a paralytic stroke.