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Millennium: 1st millennium
161 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 161
Ab urbe condita 914
Assyrian calendar 4911
Balinese saka calendar 82–83
Bengali calendar −432
Berber calendar 1111
Buddhist calendar 705
Burmese calendar −477
Byzantine calendar 5669–5670
Chinese calendar 庚子(Metal Rat)
2857 or 2797
    — to —
辛丑年 (Metal Ox)
2858 or 2798
Coptic calendar −123 – −122
Discordian calendar 1327
Ethiopian calendar 153–154
Hebrew calendar 3921–3922
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 217–218
 - Shaka Samvat 82–83
 - Kali Yuga 3261–3262
Holocene calendar 10161
Iranian calendar 461 BP – 460 BP
Islamic calendar 475 BH – 474 BH
Javanese calendar 37–38
Julian calendar 161
Korean calendar 2494
Minguo calendar 1751 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1307
Seleucid era 472/473 AG
Thai solar calendar 703–704
Tibetan calendar 阳金鼠年
(male Iron-Rat)
287 or −94 or −866
    — to —
(female Iron-Ox)
288 or −93 or −865

Year 161 (CLXI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Caesar and Aurelius (or, less frequently, year 914 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 161 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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Roman Empire[edit]

  • March 7
    • Emperor Antoninus Pius dies and is succeeded by Marcus Aurelius who shares imperial power with Lucius Verus, although Marcus retains the title Pontifex Maximus.
    • Marcus Aurelius, a Spaniard like Trajan and Hadrian, is a stoical, disciple of Epictetus, and an energetic man of action. He pursues the policy of his predecessor and maintains good relations with the Senate, as a legislator, he endeavours to create new principles of morality and humanity, particularly favouring women and slaves.
  • The weight of a goldpiece, the aureus, is reduced from 7.81 grams under Aurelius to 7.12 grams.
  • Autumn

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Arts and sciences[edit]

  • Gaius' Institutiones are published.


  • The silver content of the Roman denarius falls to 68 percent under emperor Marcus Aurelius, down from 75 percent under Antoninus Pius.