169 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
169 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 169 BC
Ab urbe condita 585
Ancient Egypt era XXXIII dynasty, 155
- Pharaoh Ptolemy VI Philometor, 12
Ancient Greek era 152nd Olympiad, year 4
Assyrian calendar 4582
Balinese saka calendar N/A
Bengali calendar −761
Berber calendar 782
Buddhist calendar 376
Burmese calendar −806
Byzantine calendar 5340–5341
Chinese calendar 辛未(Metal Goat)
2528 or 2468
    — to —
壬申年 (Water Monkey)
2529 or 2469
Coptic calendar −452 – −451
Discordian calendar 998
Ethiopian calendar −176 – −175
Hebrew calendar 3592–3593
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −112 – −111
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2932–2933
Holocene calendar 9832
Iranian calendar 790 BP – 789 BP
Islamic calendar 814 BH – 813 BH
Javanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2165
Minguo calendar 2080 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1636
Seleucid era 143/144 AG
Thai solar calendar 374–375
Tibetan calendar 阴金羊年
(female Iron-Goat)
−42 or −423 or −1195
    — to —
(male Water-Monkey)
−41 or −422 or −1194

Year 169 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar, at the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Philippus and Caepio (or, less frequently, year 585 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 169 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]


  • Macedonian forces led by Perseus of Macedon trap a Roman army led by consul Quintus Marcius Phillipus near Tempe, but the Macedonians fail to take advantage of their resulting superior tactical position.
  • King Perseus asks the Seleucid King Antiochus IV to join forces with him against the danger that Rome presents to all of the Hellenic monarchs. Antiochus IV does not respond.

Roman Republic[edit]

  • Lex Voconia (The Voconian Law) is introduced in Rome by the tribune, Quintus Voconius Saxa, with the support of Cato the Elder. This law prohibits those who own property valued at 100,000 sesterces from making a woman their heir.



  • Quintus Ennius (b. 239 BC), epic poet, dramatist, and satirist, the most influential of the early Latin poets, and often called the founder of Roman literature or the father of Roman poetry. His epic Annales, a narrative poem telling the story of Rome from the wanderings of Aeneas to the Ennius' own time, remains the national epic until it is later eclipsed by Virgil's Aeneid