159 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
159 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 159 BC
Ab urbe condita 595
Ancient Egypt era XXXIII dynasty, 165
- Pharaoh Ptolemy VI Philometor, 22
Ancient Greek era 155th Olympiad, year 2
Assyrian calendar 4592
Balinese saka calendar N/A
Bengali calendar −751
Berber calendar 792
Buddhist calendar 386
Burmese calendar −796
Byzantine calendar 5350–5351
Chinese calendar 辛巳(Metal Snake)
2538 or 2478
    — to —
壬午年 (Water Horse)
2539 or 2479
Coptic calendar −442 – −441
Discordian calendar 1008
Ethiopian calendar −166 – −165
Hebrew calendar 3602–3603
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −102 – −101
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2942–2943
Holocene calendar 9842
Iranian calendar 780 BP – 779 BP
Islamic calendar 804 BH – 803 BH
Javanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2175
Minguo calendar 2070 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1626
Seleucid era 153/154 AG
Thai solar calendar 384–385
Tibetan calendar 阴金蛇年
(female Iron-Snake)
−32 or −413 or −1185
    — to —
(male Water-Horse)
−31 or −412 or −1184

Year 159 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar, at the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Dolabella and Nobilior (or, less frequently, year 595 Ab urbe condita) and the Fifth Year of Houyuan. The denomination 159 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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Seleucid Empire[edit]

  • With the Seleucid victory in Judea over the Maccabees, Alcimus is re-established as the Jewish high priest and a strong force is left in Jerusalem to support him. However, he does not enjoy his triumph for long as he dies soon after from a paralytic stroke.