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|Millennium:||1st millennium BC|
This article concerns the period 139 BC – 130 BC.
- 1 Events
- 1.1 139 BC
- 1.2 138 BC
- 1.3 137 BC
- 1.4 136 BC
- 1.5 135 BC
- 1.6 134 BC
- 1.7 133 BC
- 1.8 132 BC
- 1.9 131 BC
- 1.10 130 BC
- 2 Births
- 3 Deaths
- 4 References
- The Lusitanian War ends when the rebellion collapses after the assassination of Viriathus by a Roman agent.
- Zhang Qian begins his explorations in central Asia for Chinese emperor Han Wu Di.
- The first Chinese diplomatic mission to the Fergana valley, led by Chang Chien, is sent.
- Han dynasty China intervenes in a war between the Minyue and Eastern Ou during its expansion southward.
- Valencia in Spain is founded as a Roman colony
Arts and sciences
- Hymn to Apollo is written and inscribed on stone in Delphi; it is the earliest surviving notated music, in a substantial and legible fragment, in the western world.
- Slaves led by Eunus of Apamea in Sicily revolt against the Romans in an event called the First Servile War.
- Tiberius Gracchus, quaestor in Spain, observes that slave labor has displaced small freeheld farms.
- Numantine War begun, Quintus Pompeius and M. Papilius Laenas were defeated and disgraced by the Numantians in subsequent years.
- Q. Pompeius is brought to trial by Q.Metellus and others, but acquitted.
- Han dynasty China intervenes in a war between the Minyue and Nanyue during its expansion southward.
- A Han military campaign against the Dian Kingdom established a military commandery in the Yunnan region.
- Scipio Aemilianus, victor of Carthage, takes command in Spain against the Numantians. He recruits 20,000 men and 40,000 allies, including Numidian cavalry under Jugurtha. Scipio, an expert in sieges, builds a ring of seven forts and a ditch palisade before beginning the Siege of Numantia. The perimeter of the circumvallations is twice as long as that of the city. The river Durius (Douro), enables the defenders to be supplied by small boats.
- Caius Fulvius Flaccus, as consul, is sent against the slaves. Uprising of 4,000 slaves crushed at Sinuessa, in Campania. Slave uprisings repressed in Attic silver mines and on the island of Delos.
- John Hyrcanus becomes high priest and prince (ruler) of Judea, until 104 BC, following the murder of his father Simon Maccabaeus by Ptolemy the son of Abubus in 135 BC.
- Lucius Calpurnius Piso Frugi, as consul, is sent against the slaves in Italy. Gaius Marius serves under Publius Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus at Numantia.
- Scipio Aemilianus captures Numantia, after a siege of eight months, suffering famine and pestilence. The remnant population of 4,000 citizens, surrender and set their city on fire. Thus ends the Numantine War.
- Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus, is elected tribune of the people. He attempts to pass a law to redistribute the public land to benefit small landowners. Opposed by wealthier factions in the Roman Senate, he is killed by a group of Senators and their followers that same year.
- The Kingdom of Pergamum is deeded to Rome.
- Turning point in the Roman republic
- June – A large army of the Han Dynasty, under commanders such as Li Guang, attempt to ambush the Xiongnu leader in the Battle of Mayi. The plot fails, and the battle is determined a draw.
- The First Servile War ends when Publius Rupilius quelled the rebellion.
- The assassination of Tiberius Gracchus, which many historians marked as the beginning of the end of the Roman Republic.
- Aristonicus of Pergamon leads an uprising against Rome, and consul Publius Licinius Crassus Mucianius is killed in the fighting.
- The Roman censor Quintus Caecilius Metellus Macedonicus attempts to remove the tribune Gaius Atinius Labeo Macerio from the Senate, the angry Atinius drags him to be thrown off the Tarpeian Rock, and Metellus is only saved by the intervention of other senators.
- The tribune Gaius Papirius Carbo passes a measure allowing the use of secret ballots in legislative assemblies.
- For the first time in Roman history, both censors are plebeians (Metellus and Quintus Pompeius).
- First Acta Diurna appears in Rome around this time.
- Consul Marcus Perperna defeats Aristonicus in battle, besieges him at Stratonicea, dies at Pergamon.
- Roman census carried out by Quintus Pompeius and Quintus Caecilius Metellus Macedonicus.
- 138 BC – Lucius Cornelius Sulla, Roman politician, dictator 82-79 BC (d. 78 BC) 
- 133 BC – Mithridates VI, King of Pontus
- 137 BC – King Dutugemunu of Sri Lanka
- 135 BC – Simon Maccabaeus, of Judea
- 133 BC – Attalus III, king of Pergamon, leaving the kingdom to Rome
- "World History 200- 100 BC". Retrieved 28 June 2010.
- Davis, Paul (2001). Besieged: An Encyclopedia of Great Sieges from Ancient Times to the Present. ABC-CLIO. p. 29.
- "132 BC". Farlex. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012.
- Cambridge Ancient History VII p. 380
- Cambridge Ancient History IX p. 780
- Cambridge Ancient History IX p. 313
- Marvin Perry et al., eds. Western Civilization: Ideas, Politics, and Society (Cengage Learning, 2008) p135
- Mayor, Adrienne: "The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithradates, Rome's Deadliest Enemy" Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-691-12683-8
- Duggan, Alfred: He Died Old: Mithradates Eupator, King of Pontus, 1958
- Ford, Michael Curtis: The Last King: Rome's Greatest Enemy, New York, Thomas Dunne Books, 2004, ISBN 0-312-27539-0
- McGing, B.C.: The Foreign Policy of Mithridates VI Eupator, King of Pontus (Mnemosyne, Supplements: 89), Leiden, Brill Academic Publishers, 1986, ISBN 90-04-07591-7 [paperback]
- Paranavitana, Senarat; Nicholas, Cyril Wace (1961). A Concise History of Ceylon. Colombo: Ceylon University Press. p. 59. OCLC 465385.
- de Silva, C.R.: Sri Lanka - A History. 2nd edition, New Delhi 1997. ISBN 81-259-0461-1. p.29f.
- Catholic Bible resources
- Hansen, Esther V. (1971). The Attalids of Pergamon. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press; London: Cornell University Press Ltd. ISBN 0-8014-0615-3.
- Kosmetatou, Elizabeth (2003) "The Attalids of Pergamon," in Andrew Erskine, ed., A Companion to the Hellenistic World. Oxford: Blackwell: pp. 159–174. ISBN 1-4051-3278-7. text
- Simon Hornblower and Tony Spawforth, Who's Who (Classical World), pg. 61.