Year 88 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Sulla and Rufus (or, less frequently, year 666 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 88 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
88 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar88 BC
Ab urbe condita666
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 236
- PharaohPtolemy IX Lathyros, 1
Ancient Greek era173rd Olympiad (victor
Assyrian calendar4663
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−680
Berber calendar863
Buddhist calendar457
Burmese calendar−725
Byzantine calendar5421–5422
Chinese calendar壬辰(Water Dragon)
2609 or 2549
    — to —
癸巳年 (Water Snake)
2610 or 2550
Coptic calendar−371 – −370
Discordian calendar1079
Ethiopian calendar−95 – −94
Hebrew calendar3673–3674
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−31 – −30
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga3013–3014
Holocene calendar9913
Iranian calendar709 BP – 708 BP
Islamic calendar731 BH – 730 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2246
Minguo calendar1999 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1555
Seleucid era224/225 AG
Thai solar calendar455–456
Tibetan calendar阳水龙年
(male Water-Dragon)
39 or −342 or −1114
    — to —
(female Water-Snake)
40 or −341 or −1113


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Roman RepublicEdit


  • May – King Mithridates VI of Pontus invades Greece. Defeating the Roman forces four times in succession, he conquers Bithynia, Phrygia, Mysia, Lycia, Pamphylia, Ionia and Cappadocia. The Roman province of Asia is dismantled. On the king's orders, the local authorities in every city of the province round up and put to death all resident Italians – men, women and children – in a single day (App.Mith.§§85–91). Plutarch (Sulla 24.4) says that 150,000 are killed, other sources calculate a figure of 80,000 people.[2]




  1. ^ Pompey, Command (p. 11). Nic Fields, 2012. ISBN 978-1-84908-572-4
  2. ^ Pompey, Command (p. 39). Nic Fields, 2012. ISBN 978-1-84908-572-4