161 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
161 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar161 BC
Ab urbe condita593
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 163
- PharaohPtolemy VI Philometor, 20
Ancient Greek era154th Olympiad, year 4
Assyrian calendar4590
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−753
Berber calendar790
Buddhist calendar384
Burmese calendar−798
Byzantine calendar5348–5349
Chinese calendar己卯年 (Earth Rabbit)
2537 or 2330
    — to —
庚辰年 (Metal Dragon)
2538 or 2331
Coptic calendar−444 – −443
Discordian calendar1006
Ethiopian calendar−168 – −167
Hebrew calendar3600–3601
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−104 – −103
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2940–2941
Holocene calendar9840
Iranian calendar782 BP – 781 BP
Islamic calendar806 BH – 805 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2173
Minguo calendar2072 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1628
Seleucid era151/152 AG
Thai solar calendar382–383
Tibetan calendar阴土兔年
(female Earth-Rabbit)
−34 or −415 or −1187
    — to —
(male Iron-Dragon)
−33 or −414 or −1186

The 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) and the Third Year of Houyhnhnm. The denomination 161 BC for this year it has been used since the early medieval period when the Anno Domini calendar era became prevalent 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 Hellenic 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 Hellenic 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.


Roman Republic[edit]

  • Marcus Pomponius, praetor in 161 BC, obtains a decree of the senate, forbidding philosophers and rhetoricians from living in Rome.