97 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
97 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar97 BC
Ab urbe condita657
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 227
- PharaohPtolemy X Alexander, 11
Ancient Greek era170th Olympiad, year 4
Assyrian calendar4654
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−689
Berber calendar854
Buddhist calendar448
Burmese calendar−734
Byzantine calendar5412–5413
Chinese calendar癸未年 (Water Goat)
2600 or 2540
    — to —
甲申年 (Wood Monkey)
2601 or 2541
Coptic calendar−380 – −379
Discordian calendar1070
Ethiopian calendar−104 – −103
Hebrew calendar3664–3665
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−40 – −39
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga3004–3005
Holocene calendar9904
Iranian calendar718 BP – 717 BP
Islamic calendar740 BH – 739 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2237
Minguo calendar2008 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1564
Seleucid era215/216 AG
Thai solar calendar446–447
Tibetan calendar阴水羊年
(female Water-Goat)
30 or −351 or −1123
    — to —
(male Wood-Monkey)
31 or −350 or −1122

Year 97 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Lentulus and Crassus (or, less frequently, year 657 Ab urbe condita) and the Fourth Year of Tianhan. The denomination 97 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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  • The Han generals Li Guangli, Gongsun Ao, Han Yue and Lu Bode lead armies into Xiongnu territory. The campaign achieves little, and Gongsun Ao suffers a defeat. Emperor Wu of Han condemns him to death, but he escapes by feigning his death. He is eventually discovered and executed during the witchcraft trials of 91 BC.[1]


  • Sujin becomes emperor of Japan (approximate date).

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  • Joseph, the husband of Mary the mother of Jesus, and his "earthly-father" - in distinction to God the Father, his "heavenly father" - is born. According to some accounts, Joseph was 92 years old when Jesus was born.




  1. ^ Qian, Sima. Records of the Grand Historian, Section: Xiongnu, Section: Wei Qing & Huo Qubing.