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: THI_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.
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.
12 SPA The Celtiberi ambush Roman cavalry reinforcements, and kill their leader Blesius.
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.
16 NUM == A son called Methimannus is born to Masinissa, who is 86 years old.
~Plin:HN_7'61; ~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.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; ~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; { Publicia was accused of poisoning Postumius, the consul of the previous year.}

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