72 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
72 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar72 BC
Ab urbe condita682
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 252
- PharaohPtolemy XII Auletes, 9
Ancient Greek era177th Olympiad (victor
Assyrian calendar4679
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−664
Berber calendar879
Buddhist calendar473
Burmese calendar−709
Byzantine calendar5437–5438
Chinese calendar戊申年 (Earth Monkey)
2625 or 2565
    — to —
己酉年 (Earth Rooster)
2626 or 2566
Coptic calendar−355 – −354
Discordian calendar1095
Ethiopian calendar−79 – −78
Hebrew calendar3689–3690
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−15 – −14
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga3029–3030
Holocene calendar9929
Iranian calendar693 BP – 692 BP
Islamic calendar714 BH – 713 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2262
Minguo calendar1983 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1539
Seleucid era240/241 AG
Thai solar calendar471–472
Tibetan calendar阳土猴年
(male Earth-Monkey)
55 or −326 or −1098
    — to —
(female Earth-Rooster)
56 or −325 or −1097
Map of Spartacus's movements of 72 BC, according to Appian's version.

Year 72 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Publicola and Lentulus (or, less frequently, year 682 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 72 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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  1. ^ Appian, Civil Wars, 1.117; Plutarch, Crassus 9:7; Livy, Periochae 96. Livy reports that troops under the (former) praetor Quintus Arrius killed Crixus and 20,000 of his followers.
  2. ^ Nic Fields (2009). Spartacus and the Slave War 73–71 BC: A gladiator rebels against Rome, p. 62. ISBN 978-1-84603-353-7.
  3. ^ Shaw, Brent D (2001). Spartacus and the Slave Wars. New York: Bedford/St. Martins, pp 178–79.