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- 1 Events
- 1.1 AD 20
- 1.2 AD 21
- 1.3 AD 22
- 1.4 AD 23
- 1.5 AD 24
- 1.6 AD 25
- 1.7 AD 26
- 1.8 AD 27
- 1.9 AD 28
- 1.10 AD 29
- 2 Significant people
- 3 Births
- 4 Deaths
- 5 References
- Servius Sulpicius Galba is a Roman praetor.
- Emperor Tiberius is forced to order an investigation and a public trial in the Roman Senate, for the murder of Germanicus. Fearing he will be found guilty, Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso commits suicide.
- First year of Dihuang era of the Chinese Xin Dynasty.
- Revolt of the Aedui under Julius Florus and Julius Sacrovir, suppressed by Gaius Silius.
- Emperor Tiberius is a Roman Consul for the fourth time.
- The Romans create a buffer state in the territory of the Quadi in southern Slovakia.
- Barracks are constructed for the Praetorian Guard on the Quirinal.
- King Daeso of Dongbuyeo is killed in battle against the armies of Goguryeo, led by its third ruler, King Daemusin.
Arts and sciences
- The manufacture of pens and metal writing tools begins in Rome.
- It is the ninth year of the emperor Tiberius.
- Drusus Julius Caesar receives the tribunicia potestas (tribunician power).
- Roman law replaces Celtic customs in Gaul.
- Greek geographer Strabo publishes Geography, a work covering the world known to the Romans and Greeks at the time of Emperor Augustus – it is the only such book to survive from the ancient world.
- Emperor Tiberius' son Julius Caesar Drusus dies. From that point forward, he seems to lose interest in the Empire and occupies himself with the pursuit of pleasure.
- Lucius Aelius Sejanus begins to dominate the Roman Senate and Tiberius, after the death of Drusus.
- Liu Xuan, a descendant of the Han Dynasty royal family and leader of insurgents against the Xin Dynasty, proclaims himself emperor against Wang Mang.
- July – After being under siege for two months, about 19,000 insurgents under Liu Xiu defeat 450,000 of Wang Mang's troops in the Battle of Kunyang, ushering in the fall of Wang Mang and restoration of the Han Dynasty in China.
- October 6 — The Emperor Liu Xuan's forces kill Wang Mang at the end of a three-day siege.
- The Roman war against Numidia and Mauretania ends with their annexation.
- Servius Cornelius Cethegus and Lucius Visellius Varro become consuls.
- Charmides becomes Archon of Athens.
- Tacfarinas' revolt in Africa is repressed.
- Emperor Tiberius settles a dispute between Messenia and Sparta over the Ager Dentheliales on Mount Taygetus, awarding the land to Messenia.
- Lucius Aelius Sejanus unsuccessfully attempts to marry Livilla.
- Cossus Cornelius Lentulus and Marcus Asinius Agrippa become consuls.
- August 5 – The Han dynasty is restored in China as Liu Xiu proclaims himself Emperor Guangwu of Han, starting the Jianwu era (until AD 56).
- November 27 – Luoyang becomes the capital of the Houhan or Eastern Han Dynasty.
Arts and sciences
- Pontius Pilate is appointed as prefect of Judea.
- Emperor Tiberius retires to Capri, leaving the Praetorian Guard under Lucius Aelius Sejanus in charge of the Roman Empire and the city of Rome.
- Romans crush an uprising of Thracian tribesmen.
- Lucius Calpurnius Piso and Marcus Licinius Crassus Frugi become Roman consuls.
- Fire in Rome.
- A poorly built amphitheatre in Fidenae collapses, killing 20,000 of the 50,000 spectators.
- Using the dates and ranges listed in the Gospel of Luke, this year can be established as when John the Baptist begins preaching in the Jordan. It is also likely that Jesus was baptised by John in the final months of this year before his temptation and the first of three Passovers listed in the Gospel of John.
- Apricots are brought to Rome from Asia.
- An Arc of Triumph is erected in Rimini, in honor of Augustus.
- Roman legions in Germania are transported by fleet to the fortress of Flevum on the Rhine, to operate against the rebellious Frisians.
- The Frisians negotiate a treaty with the Roman Empire at the River Rhine, avoiding conquest.
- King Daru of Baekje succeeds to the throne of Baekje in the Korean peninsula.
- According to the Gospel of Luke (Luke 3:1-2), the ministries of John the Baptist and Jesus began at the earliest in this year, and more likely in AD 29.
- The Romans capture Serdica (modern Sofia), named after the Celtic tribe the Serdi.
- Agrippina the Elder is exiled to the island of Pandataria, and her sons (except Caligula) are imprisoned by Lucius Aelius Sejanus.
- According to the Gospel of Luke (Luke 3:1-2), the ministries of John the Baptist and Jesus probably began in this year. Jesus baptized by John the Baptist.
- Jesus executed according to Roman Catholic tradition.
- Valeria Messalina, third wife of Roman Emperor Claudius (d. 48 AD)
- Amit Shankar Choudhary, son of the late Tushar Shankar Choudhary of Jamshedpur, India
- Gaius Julius Civilis, German chieftain
- Agrippa II of Judea
- Petronius, Roman writer (d. AD 66)
- Wang Chong (Wang-Tch'oung), Chinese philosopher (d. AD 97)
- Gnaeus Calpurnius Piso, Roman statesman and governor of Syria (b. 44 BC)
- Vipsania Agrippina, wife of Gaius Asinius Gallus and former wife of Tiberius (b. 36 BC)
- Publius Sulpicius Quirinius, Roman governor of Syria (b. c. 51 BC)
- Marcus Valerius Messalla Barbatus, Roman Consul (or AD 20) (b. 11 BC)
- Arminius, Germanic leader who defeated three Roman legions at the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest (b. 18/17 BC)
- Empress Wang
- King Daeso of Dongbuyeo (b. 60 BC)
- September 14 – Drusus Julius Caesar, son of the Emperor Tiberius, poisoned (b. 13 BC)
- October 6 – Wang Mang, "usurper" of the throne of the Han Dynasty and Emperor of the Xin Dynasty (b. 45 BC)
- Liu Xin, Chinese astronomer (b. c. 50 BC)
- Liu Yan, Chinese general
- Empress Wang (b. 8 BC)
- Juba II, King of Mauretania (b. c. 50 BC)
- Marcus Asinius Agrippa, Roman consul
- Claudia Pulchra, second cousin and close friend to Agrippina the Elder (b. 14 BC)
- Julia the Younger (estimated date), Roman noblewoman and granddaughter of the late emperor Augustus (b. 19BC)
- Livia, wife of Caesar Augustus and mother of then-current Roman Emperor Tiberius (b. 58 BC)
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