162 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: 165 BC 164 BC 163 BC162 BC161 BC 160 BC 159 BC
162 BC by topic
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162 BC in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 162 BC
Ab urbe condita 592
Armenian calendar N/A
Assyrian calendar 4589
Bahá'í calendar −2005 – −2004
Bengali calendar −754
Berber calendar 789
English Regnal year N/A
Buddhist calendar 383
Burmese calendar −799
Byzantine calendar 5347–5348
Chinese calendar 戊寅(Earth Tiger)
2535 or 2475
    — to —
己卯年 (Earth Rabbit)
2536 or 2476
Coptic calendar −445 – −444
Discordian calendar 1005
Ethiopian calendar −169 – −168
Hebrew calendar 3599–3600
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −105 – −104
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2940–2941
Holocene calendar 9839
Igbo calendar −1161 – −1160
Iranian calendar 783 BP – 782 BP
Islamic calendar 807 BH – 806 BH
Japanese calendar N/A
Juche calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2172
Minguo calendar 2073 before ROC
Thai solar calendar 382

Year 162 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Corculum/Lentulus and Figulus/Ahenobarbus (or, less frequently, year 592 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 162 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 Maccabees, under the leadership of Judas Maccabeus, continue their struggle against the Seleucids and persecute the Hellenising faction in Judea.
  • Seleucid forces still control the Acra, a strong fortress within Jerusalem that faces the Temple Mount. Judas Maccabeus lays siege to the fortress and in response, the Seleucid general and regent to the young Seleucid king Antiochus V, Lysias, approaches Jerusalem and besieges Beth-zechariah, 25 kilometres from the city. Judas lifts his own siege on the Acra, and leads his army south to Beth-zechariah. In the ensuing Battle of Beth-zechariah, the Seleucids achieve their first major victory over the Maccabees, and Judas is forced to withdraw to Jerusalem.
  • Lysias then lays siege to the city. Just when capitulation by the Maccabees seems imminent, Lysias has to withdraw when the commander-in-chief under the late Seleucid king Antiochus IV Epiphanes, Philip, rebels against him. As a result, Lysias decides to propose a peaceful settlement which is accepted by the Maccabees. The terms of peace involve the restoration of religious freedom, permission for the Jews to live in accordance with their own laws, and the official return of the Temple in Jerusalem to the Jews.
  • With the aid of the Greek statesman and historian Polybius, the son of the former Seleucid king Seleucus IV Philopator, Demetrius escapes from Rome, where he has been held as a hostage for many years, and returns to Syria to claim the throne from his nephew Antiochus V. In the resulting dispute, Antiochus V and his regent, Lysias, are overthrown and put to death. Demetrius then establishes himself on the Seleucid throne.