161 BC

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Heads of State

Year of the Metal Dragon庚辰(at the beginning of earth - hare己卯)

Syria: 151/152 ( year in October )

Events

  • The Seleucid general Nicanor is subject to the Maccabees in the Battle of Adasa.
  • Expulsion of the philosophers and rhetoricians from Rome.
  • Tripolitana falls to Numidia. Reason is the weakness of Carthage after the 2nd Punic War.
  • In Sri Lanka the Tamil king Elara is defeated by the Sinhalese Dutthagamani. This assumes the kingship.

Born

  • 161 BC: Demetrius II, king of the Syrian Seleucid Empire († 125 BC)

Died

  • Nicanor, the Greek commander
  • Year (2nd century BC)
  • 161 BC
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