|Millennium:||1st millennium BC|
|36 BC by topic|
|Gregorian calendar||36 BC|
|Ab urbe condita||718|
|Ancient Egypt era||XXXIII dynasty, 288|
|- Pharaoh||Cleopatra VII, 16|
|Ancient Greek era||186th Olympiad (victor)¹|
|Balinese saka calendar||N/A|
|Chinese calendar||甲申年 (Wood Monkey)|
2661 or 2601
— to —
乙酉年 (Wood Rooster)
2662 or 2602
|Coptic calendar||−319 – −318|
|Ethiopian calendar||−43 – −42|
|- Vikram Samvat||21–22|
|- Shaka Samvat||N/A|
|- Kali Yuga||3065–3066|
|Iranian calendar||657 BP – 656 BP|
|Islamic calendar||677 BH – 676 BH|
|Julian calendar||36 BC|
|Minguo calendar||1947 before ROC|
|Seleucid era||276/277 AG|
|Thai solar calendar||507–508|
91 or −290 or −1062
— to —
92 or −289 or −1061
Year 36 BC was either a common year starting on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday or a leap year starting on Wednesday (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 Wednesday of the Proleptic Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Publicola and Nerva (or, less frequently, year 718 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 36 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.
- Consuls: Lucius Gellius Publicola and Marcus Cocceius Nerva.
- Publius Canidius Crassus invaded Armenia and Iberia (Georgia); he forced Parnavaz II into an alliance against Zober, king of Albania.
- June – Mark Antony launches a major offensive against the Parthians, he marches with 10 legions and 10,000 cavalry to Carana in Anatolia.
- July – Octavian's fleet (102 warships) embarked from Puteoli and tried to invade Sicily, it is caught in a storm and forced to return at Vibo.
- August – Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, an admiral of Octavian Caesar, secures the Lipari Islands and harasses the coast from Mylae to Tyndaris. Octavian transports his legions via Leucopetra to Tauromenium (modern Taormina).
- Antony crosses the frontier into Media Atropatene and commences the siege of Phraaspa. He established a line of circumvallation and built siege engines.
- September 3 – Battle of Naulochus: Agrippa defeats Sextus Pompeius, a son of Pompeius, in a naval engagement off Naulochus. Sextus escapes with 17 ships to Messana and then to Asia Minor.
- Marcus Lepidus lands 12 legions from Africa and lays siege to Lilybaeum. He loses his army to Octavian when his men mutiny. Lepidus is kept in luxurious captivity in Rome until his death.
- Agrippa receives the unprecedented honor of a Naval Crown (corona navalis), wrought of gold and decorated with the prows of ships.
- October – Antony abandons the siege of Phraaspa (near Maragheh, Iran). He retreats, loses many men to disease and starvation in the subsequent retreat to Egypt, marries Cleopatra VII while still married to Octavia.
- Judea: Aristobulus III, the last of the Hasmoneans, becomes High Priest in Jerusalem, replaces Ananelus, who only held the position for one year.
- October–December – The Han Dynasty Chinese army under General Chen Tang and General Gan Yanshou defeat the Xiongnu leader Zhizhi Chanyu in the Battle of Zhizhi. This led to half a century of peace between the Han Dynasty and the Xiongnu until Wang Mang enraged them in the year AD 10, resuming hostilities between both sides.
- Ptolemy Philadelphus, son of Cleopatra VII of Egypt and Mark Antony (d. 29 BC)
- Vipsania Agrippina, daughter of Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa and Pomponia Caecilia Attica (d. AD 20)
- January 31 – Antonia Minor, she was the younger of two daughters of Mark Antony and Octovia Minor
- Ariarathes X (or Eusebes Philadelphos), king of Cappadocia
- Aristobulus III, high priest of Jerusalem (Hasmonean Dynasty)
- Zhizhi Chanyu, Chinese ruler of the Xiongnu Empire