161 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
Centuries: 3rd century BC2nd century BC1st century BC
Decades: 190s BC  180s BC  170s BC  – 160s BC –  150s BC  140s BC  130s BC
Years: 164 BC 163 BC 162 BC161 BC160 BC 159 BC 158 BC
161 BC in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 161 BC
Ab urbe condita 593
Armenian calendar N/A
Assyrian calendar 4590
Bahá'í calendar −2004 – −2003
Bengali calendar −753
Berber calendar 790
English Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 384
Burmese calendar −798
Byzantine calendar 5348–5349
Chinese calendar 己卯(Earth Rabbit)
2536 or 2476
    — to —
庚辰年 (Metal Dragon)
2537 or 2477
Coptic calendar −444 – −443
Discordian calendar 1006
Ethiopian calendar −168 – −167
Hebrew calendar 3600–3601
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −104 – −103
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2941–2942
Holocene calendar 9840
Igbo calendar −1160 – −1159
Iranian calendar 782 BP – 781 BP
Islamic calendar 806 BH – 805 BH
Japanese calendar N/A
Juche calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2173
Minguo calendar 2072 before ROC
民前2072年
Thai solar calendar 383

Year 161 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Messalla and Strabo (or, less frequently, year 593 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 161 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]

  • The rebel Seleucid general and ruler of Media, Timarchus, who has distinguished himself by defending Media against the emergent Parthians, treats Demetrius I's violent accession to the Seleucid throne as the excuse to declare himself an independent king and extend his realm from Media into Babylonia.
  • With the restoration of peace in Judea, an internal struggle breaks out between the supporters of Judas Maccabeus and the Hellenist party. The influence of the Hellenic Party all but collapses in the wake of the Seleucid defeat.
  • The Jewish High Priest Menelaus, who is supported by the Hellenist party, is removed from office and is executed. His successor is a moderate member of the Hellenist party, Alcimus. However, when Alcimus executes sixty Jews who are opposed to him, he finds himself in open conflict with the Maccabees. Alcimus flees from Jerusalem and goes to Damascus to ask the Seleucid king, Demetrius I, for help.
  • The Maccabees, led by Judas Maccabeus, and a Seleucid army, led by the Seleucid general Nicanor, fight the Battle of Adasa, near Beth-horon. Maccabeus wins the battle and Nicanor is killed.

Egypt[edit]

Roman Republic[edit]


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