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153 B.C. Olympiad 156.4


Consuls: Q. Fulvius M.f. Nobilior, T. Annius T.f. Luscus
Athenian archon: Phaedrias

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1 ROM {1 January -R} The consuls enter office early because of the fighting in Spain.
* Read Livy's account
CIL_add.8'Jan1; ~[Liv]:Per_47; Ovid:Fast_3'147-148; Cassiod:Chr_601; { CAH_8'537; OCD_calendar.}
2 The senate decides not to release the Achaean detainees.
~Polyb_33.14'1; { Walbank_p557.}
3 Alexander Balas arrives at Rome.
~Polyb_33.15'1-2; { CAH_8'362.}
4 LUS The Lusitani defeat Mummius.
* Read Diodorus' account
~Diod_31.42'1; ~Appian:Hisp_56'
4a GRE Document: Inscr_152, a decree of Delphi honouring three judges from Opous.
5 EGY Document: SelPap_1.99, a letter from Sarapion to his brothers.
6 ROM The censors, M.Valerius and C.Cassius, complete the census.
* Read Fasti's account
~FastCap_p68; [Liv]:Per_48; ValMax_2.9'9.L 
7 SPA {23 August -R} The Celtiberi, led by (?) Carus, kill 6000 Roman soldiers in an ambush.
* Read Florus' account
~Diod_31.41'1; Flor_1.34'3-4; #~Appian:Hisp_45; { Shortly after the arrival of Nobilior in Spain.}
8 {26 August -R} Nobilior is repulsed at Numantia.
#~Appian:Hisp_46; { CAH_8'537.}
9 AEG The Cretans attack Siphnos.
~Diod_31.45'1; { This happened during the war against Rhodes (Walbank_p546).}
9a ?? Document: Syll_570, a decree of Carpathos in honour of a commander in the war against the Cretans.
10 LUS The Lusitani make raids into neighbouring territories, but are checked by Mummius.
* Read Appian's account
~Appian:Hisp_57; Eutrop_4.9'1; { CAH_8'132; OCD_m.}
11 ROM A Rhodian embassy, led by Astymedes, appeals for Roman intervention in the war against Crete.
~Polyb_33.15'3-4.
12 SPA The Celtiberi ambush Roman cavalry reinforcements, and kill their leader Blesius.
~Appian:Hisp_47'
13 AFR Another Roman commission is sent to arbitrate between Masinissa and Carthage.
* Read Appian's account
~[Liv]:Per_47; Appian:Pun_68; { CAH_8'149; Walbank_p653.}
14 PEL The Rhodians make an unsuccessful appeal to the Achaean assembly for help against the Cretans.
* Read Polybius' account
~Polyb_33.16'1-17'5; ~Diod_31.43'1, 44'1; { CAH_8'381.}
15 SPA Nobilior spends the winter in camp in Spain.
~Appian:Hisp_47'
16 NUM == A son called Methimannus is born to Masinissa, who is 86 years old.
~Plin:HN_7'61;L  ~Plut:Mor_791'F.
17 AEG << Document: Syll_693, recording a treaty between Rome and Methymna.
18 ROM ?? P.Lentulus gives his daughter a dowry of just 25 sestertii.
GranLic_10; { P.Lentulus was consul suffectus in 162 B.C.; he lived on for many more years, until at least 121 B.C.}
19 << L.Lentulus is convicted of treason.
ValMax_6.9'10;L  { L.Lentulus was consul in 156 B.C. and was probably prosecuted after acting as governor of a province..}
20 == Cato defends himself against an accusation in court, for the last time.
* Read Plutarch's account
~Liv_39.40'12; ~ValMax_8.7'1;L  ~Plut:CatMai_15'4-5, :Mor_784'D; { The ancient sources state that Cato was 86 years old at the time, but this is based on the assumption that he lived for 90 years.}
21 == Several praetors are convicted of extortion.
~[Liv]:Per_47; { CAH_8'131.}
22 == Publicia and Licinia are put to death on suspicion of having murdered their husbands.
* Read Livy's account
[Liv]:Per_48; ValMax_6.3'8;L  { Publicia was accused of poisoning Postumius, the consul of the previous year.}

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