133 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
133 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar133 BC
Ab urbe condita621
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 191
- PharaohPtolemy VIII Physcon, 13
Ancient Greek era161st Olympiad, year 4
Assyrian calendar4618
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−725
Berber calendar818
Buddhist calendar412
Burmese calendar−770
Byzantine calendar5376–5377
Chinese calendar丁未年 (Fire Goat)
2565 or 2358
    — to —
戊申年 (Earth Monkey)
2566 or 2359
Coptic calendar−416 – −415
Discordian calendar1034
Ethiopian calendar−140 – −139
Hebrew calendar3628–3629
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−76 – −75
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2968–2969
Holocene calendar9868
Iranian calendar754 BP – 753 BP
Islamic calendar777 BH – 776 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2201
Minguo calendar2044 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1600
Seleucid era179/180 AG
Thai solar calendar410–411
Tibetan calendar阴火羊年
(female Fire-Goat)
−6 or −387 or −1159
    — to —
(male Earth-Monkey)
−5 or −386 or −1158
The Roman empire in 133 BC (in dark and light red)

Year 133 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Scaevola and Frugi (or, less frequently, year 621 Ab urbe condita) and the Second Year of Yuanguang. The denomination 133 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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  • June – A large army of the Han Dynasty, under the overall command of Han Anguo, attempts to ambush the Xiongnu leader Junchen Chanyu in the Battle of Mayi. By pretending to betray the city of Mayi, a Han official had lured Junchen onto Han soil. However, a captured Chinese officer tips off Junchen, and so he avoids the ambush. The episode abrogates the Xiongnu-Han treaty (called heqin 和親 or "harmonious kinship") and marks the beginning of Emperor Wu's Han-Xiongnu War.
  • Foreign Minister Wang Hui, who, against the opposition of Han Anguo, had advocated for war, fails to attack the retreating supply column of the Xiongnu and is sentenced to death. He commits suicide.[2]



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