163 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
163 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 163 BC
Ab urbe condita 591
Ancient Egypt era XXXIII dynasty, 161
- Pharaoh Ptolemy VI Philometor, 18
Ancient Greek era 154th Olympiad, year 2
Assyrian calendar 4588
Balinese saka calendar N/A
Bengali calendar −755
Berber calendar 788
Buddhist calendar 382
Burmese calendar −800
Byzantine calendar 5346–5347
Chinese calendar 丁丑(Fire Ox)
2534 or 2474
    — to —
戊寅年 (Earth Tiger)
2535 or 2475
Coptic calendar −446 – −445
Discordian calendar 1004
Ethiopian calendar −170 – −169
Hebrew calendar 3598–3599
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −106 – −105
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2938–2939
Holocene calendar 9838
Iranian calendar 784 BP – 783 BP
Islamic calendar 808 BH – 807 BH
Javanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2171
Minguo calendar 2074 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1630
Seleucid era 149/150 AG
Thai solar calendar 380–381
Tibetan calendar 阴火牛年
(female Fire-Ox)
−36 or −417 or −1189
    — to —
(male Earth-Tiger)
−35 or −416 or −1188

Year 163 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar, at the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Gracchus and Thalna (or, less frequently, year 591 Ab urbe condita) and the First Year of Houyuan. The denomination 163 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.


By place[edit]


Seleucid Empire[edit]

  • In the turmoil following the death of Antiochus IV, the governor of Media, Timarchus becomes the independent ruler of Media, opposing Lysias who is acting as regent for young king Antiochus V Eupator.
  • Lysias tries to make peace with the Jews in Judea. He offers them full religious freedom if they will lay down their arms. Even though the Chasidim consent, Judas Maccabeus argues for full political as well as religious freedom.

Roman Republic[edit]

  • The Roman playwright Terence's play Heauton Timorumenos ("The Self-Tormentor") is first performed.[1]




  1. ^ Harrison (2005). A Companion to Latin Literature. Wiley-Blackwell. p. 137.