|Millennium:||1st millennium BC|
|82 BC by topic|
Year 82 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Marius and Carbo (or, less frequently, year 672 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 82 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 defeats Samnite allies of Rome in the Battle of the Colline Gate, and takes control of Rome.
- Gaius Marius the Younger is besieged at the fortress city of Praeneste in Latium. After a fierce resistance, Marius commits suicide.
- Gnaeus Pompeius is ordered by Sulla to stamp out democratic rebels in Sicily and Africa, while the young Gaius Julius Caesar is acting as a subordinate of Sulla in the east.
- After his campaigns in Sicily and Africa, Pompeius gets the insulting nickname of adulescentulus carnifex, the "teenage butcher".
- Burebista unifies the Dacian population forming the first (and biggest) unified Dacian kingdom, on the territory of modern Romania and surroundings. 82 BC is also the starting year of his reign.
- The Aurigid shower parent comet C/1911 N1 (Kiess) returns to the inner solar system and sheds the dust particles that one revolution later cause the 1935, 1986, 1994, and 2007 Aurigid meteor outbursts on Earth.
- Marcus Caelius Rufus, Roman orator and politician (d. 48 BC)
- Varro Atacinus, Roman poet (d. c. 35 BC)
- Vercingetorix, Gaul leader (d. 46 BC)
- Gaius Marius the Younger, son of Gaius Marius (b. c. 110 BC)
- Gnaeus Papirius Carbo, three times consul, executed by partisans of Sulla
- Quintus Mucius Scaevola Pontifex, murdered by order of the younger Marius