May 26 – Germanicus returns to Rome as conquering hero; he celebrates a triumph for his victories over the Cherusci, Chatti and other Germanic tribes west of the Elbe.
Emperor Tiberius sends Germanicus to the east in order to lead a military campaign against Parthia.
Cappadocia (Asia Minor) becomes a Roman province.
Lucius Aelius Sejanus becomes Praetorian prefect.
Beginning of a civil war in Germania.
Maroboduus, king of the Marcomanni, is defeated by Arminius and his Germanic tribes.
Tacfarinas, Numidian deserter from the Roman army, begins a guerrilla war against the Romans. He leads his own Musulamii tribe and a coalition of Berbers, attacking the Limes Tripolitanus a fortified zone (Limes) of the Roman Empire in Africa.
Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great, builds on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, the city Tiberias, in honor of Tiberius.
An earthquake in Anatolia destroys the city of Sardis and damages several other cities.
Publication of the Ab Urbe condita ("History of Rome Since its Foundation") in 142 volumes by Livy.
Ovid, Roman poet (or AD 18)
Livy, Roman historian (b. 59 BC)
Gaius Julius Hyginus, Roman author (b. c. 64 BC)
Archelaus, King of Cappadocia
AD 17 Wikipedia
AD 17 (XVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Flaccus and Rufus (or, less frequently, year 770 Ab urbe condita). The denomination AD 17 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.