Year 160 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Gallus and Cethegus (or, less frequently, year 594 Ab urbe condita) and the Fourth Year of Houyuan. The denomination 160 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.

Millennium: 1st millennium BC
160 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar160 BC
Ab urbe condita594
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 164
- PharaohPtolemy VI Philometor, 21
Ancient Greek era155th Olympiad (victor
Assyrian calendar4591
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−752
Berber calendar791
Buddhist calendar385
Burmese calendar−797
Byzantine calendar5349–5350
Chinese calendar庚辰年 (Metal Dragon)
2537 or 2477
    — to —
辛巳年 (Metal Snake)
2538 or 2478
Coptic calendar−443 – −442
Discordian calendar1007
Ethiopian calendar−167 – −166
Hebrew calendar3601–3602
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−103 – −102
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2941–2942
Holocene calendar9841
Iranian calendar781 BP – 780 BP
Islamic calendar805 BH – 804 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2174
Minguo calendar2071 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1627
Seleucid era152/153 AG
Thai solar calendar383–384
Tibetan calendar阳金龙年
(male Iron-Dragon)
−33 or −414 or −1186
    — to —
(female Iron-Snake)
−32 or −413 or −1185


By placeEdit

Seleucid EmpireEdit

  • The Seleucid king, Demetrius I Soter, on campaign in the east of his empire, leaves his general Bacchides to govern the western portion of it.
  • In response to the Jewish high priest, Alcimus', request for assistance, the Seleucid general Bacchides leads an army into Judea with the intent of reconquering this now independent kingdom. Bacchides rapidly marches through Judea after carrying out a massacre of the Assideans in Galilee. He quickly makes for Jerusalem, besieging the city and trapping Judas Maccabeus, the spiritual and military leader of the Maccabees, inside. However, Judas and many of his supporters manage to escape the siege.
  • Judas Maccabeus and many of his supporters regroup to face the Seleucid forces in the Battle of Elasa (near modern day Ramallah). Greatly outnumbered, the Maccabees are defeated and Judas Maccabeus is killed during the battle.
  • Judas Maccabeus is succeeded as army commander and leader of the Maccabees by his younger brother, Jonathan Maccabeus.
  • Demetrius I defeats and kills the rebel general Timarchus and is recognized as king of the Seleucid empire by the Roman Senate. Demetrius acquires his surname of Soter (meaning Saviour) from the Babylonians, for delivering them from the tyranny of Timarchus. The Seleucid empire is temporarily united again.
  • The Parthian King, Mithradates I, seizes Media from the Seleucids following the death of Timarchus.


  • The king of Bactria, Eucratides I, is considered to have killed Apollodotus I, an Indo-Greek king who rules the western and southern parts of the Indo-Greek kingdom, when he invades the western territories of that kingdom.



Roman RepublicEdit