184 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
184 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar184 BC
Ab urbe condita570
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 140
- PharaohPtolemy V Epiphanes, 20
Ancient Greek era149th Olympiad (victor
Assyrian calendar4567
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−776
Berber calendar767
Buddhist calendar361
Burmese calendar−821
Byzantine calendar5325–5326
Chinese calendar丙辰年 (Fire Dragon)
2513 or 2453
    — to —
丁巳年 (Fire Snake)
2514 or 2454
Coptic calendar−467 – −466
Discordian calendar983
Ethiopian calendar−191 – −190
Hebrew calendar3577–3578
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−127 – −126
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2917–2918
Holocene calendar9817
Iranian calendar805 BP – 804 BP
Islamic calendar830 BH – 829 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2150
Minguo calendar2095 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1651
Seleucid era128/129 AG
Thai solar calendar359–360
Tibetan calendar阳火龙年
(male Fire-Dragon)
−57 or −438 or −1210
    — to —
(female Fire-Snake)
−56 or −437 or −1209

Year 184 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Pulcher and Licinus (or, less frequently, year 570 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 184 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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Roman Republic[edit]

  • Cato the Elder, along with his colleague, Lucius Valerius Flaccus, are elected censors in Rome. Already the champion of the ancient, austere Roman way of life, Cato, now inaugurates a puritanical campaign. He aims at preserving the mos maiorum, ("ancestral custom") and combating all Greek influences, which he believes are undermining the older Roman standards of morality. He passes measures taxing luxury and strictly revises the list of persons eligible for the Senate. Abuses by tax gatherers are brought under control, and public building is promoted as a worthy cause.
  • With concerns rising in Rome over whether Philip V of Macedon is preparing for a new war with the Romans, Appius Claudius Pulcher is sent at the head of an embassy into Macedonia and Greece to observe Philip's activities.
  • The town of Pisaurum is established by the Romans as a colony in the territory of the Piceni, a tribe living in the Marche on the Adriatic.
  • The oldest known basilica, the Basilica Porcia, is completed in Rome by Cato the Elder during the time he is censor. The building is used by the Romans for transacting business and disposing of legal matters.


  • Empress Lü has Emperor Qianshao of Han deposed and executed. Qianshao had vowed to kill his enemies after learning that his mother was a concubine and that she had been put to death by Empress Lü. Emperor Houshao of Han, a half-brother of Qianshao, ascends to the throne.
  • Around this time, Empress Lü outlaws the trade of iron and horses with the vassal state of Nanyue in present-day Vietnam and southern China, being concerned by its military strength. In response, Nanyue's king Zhao Tuo ends his vassal status, declares himself emperor and attacks the neighbouring vassal kingdom of Changsha, seizing a few border towns.