164 BC

164 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 164 BC
Ab urbe condita 590
Ancient Egypt era XXXIII dynasty, 160
- Pharaoh Ptolemy VI Philometor, 17
Ancient Greek era 154th Olympiad (victor
Assyrian calendar 4587
Balinese saka calendar N/A
Bengali calendar −756
Berber calendar 787
Buddhist calendar 381
Burmese calendar −801
Byzantine calendar 5345–5346
Chinese calendar 丙子(Fire Rat)
2533 or 2473
    — to —
丁丑年 (Fire Ox)
2534 or 2474
Coptic calendar −447 – −446
Discordian calendar 1003
Ethiopian calendar −171 – −170
Hebrew calendar 3597–3598
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat −107 – −106
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 2937–2938
Holocene calendar 9837
Iranian calendar 785 BP – 784 BP
Islamic calendar 809 BH – 808 BH
Javanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar N/A
Korean calendar 2170
Minguo calendar 2075 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1631
Seleucid era 148/149 AG
Thai solar calendar 379–380
Tibetan calendar 阳火鼠年
(male Fire-Rat)
−37 or −418 or −1190
    — to —
(female Fire-Ox)
−36 or −417 or −1189

Year 164 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Torquatus and Longinus (or, less frequently, year 590 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 164 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.


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  • The Seleucid king Antiochus IV Epiphanes dies while on a campaign in Tabae (or Gabae, now Isfahan) in Persia. He is succeeded by his son Antiochus V Eupator who is only nine years old. The regent for the boy is the late king's chancellor, Lysias, who was left in charge of Syria when Antiochus IV departed for his campaign in Persia. Lysias is, however, seriously challenged by other Syrian generals and finds himself with a precarious hold on power. To make matters worse for him, the Roman Senate is holding Demetrius, the son of the former king Seleucus IV and, therefore, the rightful heir to the Seleucid throne, as a hostage. By threatening to release him, the Senate is able to influence events in the Seleucid kingdom.
  • The Battle of Beth Zur is fought between Jewish rebel forces led by Judas Maccabeus and a Seleucid army led by the regent Lysias. Judas Maccabeus wins the battle and is able to recapture Jerusalem soon after. Judas purifies the defiled Temple in Jerusalem, destroys the idols erected there by Antiochus IV and restores the service in the Temple. The reconsecration of the Temple becomes an annual feast of dedication in the Jewish calendar, Hanukkah.

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