|Millennium:||1st millennium BC|
|81 BC by topic|
Year 81 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Decula and Dolabella (or, less frequently, year 673 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 81 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.
- Sulla is appointed dictator and reforms the Roman government.
- The Second Mithridatic War ends with the status quo.
- Cicero wins his first case.