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This article is about the year 2. For the number, see 2 (number). For other uses, see 2 (disambiguation).
Millennium: 1st millennium
Centuries: 1st century BC1st century2nd century
Decades: 20s BC  10s BC  0s BC  – 0s –  10s  20s  30s
2 by topic
State leadersSovereign states
Birth and death categories
Establishment and disestablishment categories
2 in other calendars
Gregorian calendar 2
Ab urbe condita 755
Assyrian calendar 4752
Bengali calendar −591
Berber calendar 952
Buddhist calendar 546
Burmese calendar −636
Byzantine calendar 5510–5511
Chinese calendar 辛酉(Metal Rooster)
2698 or 2638
    — to —
壬戌年 (Water Dog)
2699 or 2639
Coptic calendar −282 – −281
Discordian calendar 1168
Ethiopian calendar −6 – −5
Hebrew calendar 3762–3763
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 58–59
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 3103–3104
Holocene calendar 10002
Iranian calendar 620 BP – 619 BP
Islamic calendar 639 BH – 638 BH
Javanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar 2
Korean calendar 2335
Minguo calendar 1910 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1466
Seleucid era 313/314 AG
Thai solar calendar 544–545

Year 2 (II) was a common year starting on Sunday or Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar (the sources differ, see leap year error for further information) and a common year starting on Sunday of the proleptic Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Vinicius and Varus (or, less frequently, year 755 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 2 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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  • Juba II of Mauretania joins Gaius Caesar in Armenia as a military advisor. It is during this period that he meets Glaphyra, a Cappadocian princess and the former wife of Alexandros of Judea, a brother of Herod Archelaus, ethnarch of Judea, and becomes enamoured of her.


  • Wang Mang begins a program of personal aggrandizement, restoring marquess titles to past imperial princes and introducing a pension system for retired officials. Restrictions are placed on the Emperor's mother, Consort Wei and members of the Wei Clan.
  • The first census is concluded in China after having begun the year before: final numbers show a population of nearly 60 million (59,594,978 people in slightly more than 12 million households). The census is one of the most accurate surveys in Chinese history.[1]
  • The Chinese census shows nearly one million people living in Vietnam.




  1. ^ Klingaman 1990, p. 56.


  • Klingaman, William K. (1990). The First Century: Emperors, Gods and Everyman. Harper-Collins. ISBN 978-0785822561.