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129 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
129 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar129 BC
Ab urbe condita625
Ancient Egypt eraXXXIII dynasty, 195
- PharaohPtolemy VIII Physcon, 17
Ancient Greek era162nd Olympiad, year 4
Assyrian calendar4622
Balinese saka calendarN/A
Bengali calendar−721
Berber calendar822
Buddhist calendar416
Burmese calendar−766
Byzantine calendar5380–5381
Chinese calendar辛亥年 (Metal Pig)
2569 or 2362
    — to —
壬子年 (Water Rat)
2570 or 2363
Coptic calendar−412 – −411
Discordian calendar1038
Ethiopian calendar−136 – −135
Hebrew calendar3632–3633
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat−72 – −71
 - Shaka SamvatN/A
 - Kali Yuga2972–2973
Holocene calendar9872
Iranian calendar750 BP – 749 BP
Islamic calendar773 BH – 772 BH
Javanese calendarN/A
Julian calendarN/A
Korean calendar2205
Minguo calendar2040 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar−1596
Seleucid era183/184 AG
Thai solar calendar414–415
Tibetan calendar阴金猪年
(female Iron-Pig)
−2 or −383 or −1155
    — to —
(male Water-Rat)
−1 or −382 or −1154

Year 129 BC was a year of the pre-Julian Roman calendar. At the time it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Tuditanus and Aquillius (or, less frequently, year 625 Ab urbe condita) and the Sixth Year of Yuanguang. The denomination 129 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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  • March: Chen Jiao is deposed as Empress after she asks a sorceress to curse Emperor Wu's favourite consort, Wei Zifu, this being regarded an act of heresy and treason. Wei Zifu is made the new Empress.[1]
  • Spring: the Xiongnu raid Shanggu, killing officials and other inhabitants.[2]
  • Autumn: Emperor Wu launches his first offensive into the northern steppe against the Xiongnu and their allies. The invasion consists of four armies, each of 10,000 cavalrymen. Two of the four armies are defeated, namely those of Li Guang and Gongsun Ao, and only the army of Wei Qing achieves a victory. Although a modest success, Wei Qing's victory is the first Han success against the Xiongnu. Moreover, it is won at Longcheng, a sacred site far to the north, beyond the Gobi Desert, where the Xiongnu offer sacrifices.[3]
  • Winter: the Xiongnu retaliate by crossing the border several times, especially ravaging Yuyang.[4]
  • The Han diplomat Zhang Qian escapes Xiongnu custody and resumes his mission of forming an anti-Xiongnu alliance with the Yuezhi. He reaches the State of Dayuan in the Ferghana Valley, whose trade with the Han had been prevented by the Xiongnu and who supply Zhang with guides. Zhang then travels to the states of Kangju, Greater Yuezhi and Daxia (Bactria). He also learns of the Parthian Empire, Daqin, the Caspian Sea and the source of the Yellow River.[5]

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  1. ^ Hung, Hing Ming (2020). The Magnificent Emperor Wu: China's Han Dynasty. p. 135. ISBN 978-1628944167.
  2. ^ Hung, Hing Ming (2020). The Magnificent Emperor Wu: China's Han Dynasty. p. 133. ISBN 978-1628944167.
  3. ^ Hung, Hing Ming (2020). The Magnificent Emperor Wu: China's Han Dynasty. pp. 133–135. ISBN 978-1628944167.
  4. ^ Hung, Hing Ming (2020). The Magnificent Emperor Wu: China's Han Dynasty. p. 139. ISBN 978-1628944167.
  5. ^ Hung, Hing Ming (2020). The Magnificent Emperor Wu: China's Han Dynasty. pp. 145–150. ISBN 978-1628944167.