169 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
169 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar169 BC
Ab urbe condita585
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 155
- PharaohPtolemy VI Philometor, 12
Ancient Greek era152nd Olympiad, year 4
Assyrian calendar4582
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−761
Berber calendar782
Buddhist calendar376
Burmese calendar−806
Byzantine calendar5340–5341
Chinese calendar辛未年 (Metal Goat)
2528 or 2468
    — to —
壬申年 (Water Monkey)
2529 or 2469
Coptic calendar−452 – −451
Discordian calendar998
Ethiopian calendar−176 – −175
Hebrew calendar3592–3593
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−112 – −111
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2932–2933
Holocene calendar9832
Iranian calendar790 BP – 789 BP
Islamic calendar814 BH – 813 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2165
Minguo calendar2080 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1636
Seleucid era143/144 AG
Thai solar calendar374–375
Tibetan calendar阴金羊年
(female Iron-Goat)
−42 or −423 or −1195
    — to —
(male Water-Monkey)
−41 or −422 or −1194

Year 169 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Philippus and Caepio (or, less frequently, year 585 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 169 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.


By place[edit]


  • Macedonian forces led by Perseus of Macedon trap a Roman army led by Consul Quintus Marcius Phillipus near Tempe, but the Macedonians fail to take advantage of their resulting superior tactical position.
  • King Perseus asks the Seleucid King Antiochus IV to join forces with him against the danger that Rome presents to all of the Hellenic monarchs. Antiochus IV does not respond.

Roman Republic[edit]

  • Lex Voconia (The Voconian Law) is introduced in Rome by the tribune, Quintus Voconius Saxa, with the support of Cato the Elder. This law prohibits those who own property valued at 100,000 sesterces from making a woman their heir.



  • Quintus Ennius, Roman epic poet, dramatist, and satirist, the most influential of the early Latin poets – and often called the founder of Roman literature or the father of Roman poetry. His epic Annales, a poem telling the story of Rome from the wanderings of Aeneas to Ennius' own time, remains the national epic until it is later eclipsed by Virgil's Aeneid.