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104 BC

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Year 104 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Marius and Fimbria (or, less frequently, year 650 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 104 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.


Roman Republic

  • In Rome enacts a state of emergency, the way to Italy lays open to the Germanic invaders. Gaius Marius, the conqueror of Jugurtha, is elected consul for the second time. He celebrates his triumph over Jugurtha, who is led in the procession and thrown into the Tullianum where he dies of starvation.
  • Second Servile War: Athenion starts a slave rebellion in Segesta (Sicily).
  • Judea

  • Aristobulus I succeeds John Hyrcanus, becoming king and high priest of Judea, until 103 BC.
  • Asia

  • Emperor Wu of Han maintains large armies of occupation and burdens the Chinese economy. Landowners expanding their holdings, but farmers are forced to borrow at usurious rates and paying 50 percent of their crops as rent. Homelessness and banditry has increased, and agricultural productivity has declined.
  • Sima Qian starts writing his Shiji.
  • Deaths

  • Jugurtha, king of Numidia (execution by Rome) (b. c. 160 BC)
  • Dong Zhongshu, Chinese scholar who promoted Confucianism at the central court of the Han Dynasty (b. 179 BC)
  • John Hyrcanus, prince (ruler) and high priest of Judea. (b. 164 BC)
  • References

    104 BC Wikipedia