Centuries: 3rd century BC - 2nd century BC - 1st century BC

Decades: 210s BC 200s BC 190s BC 180s BC 170s BC - 160s BC - 150s BC140s BC 130s BC 120s BC 110s BC

Years: 172 BC 171 BC 170 BC 169 BC 168 BC - 167 BC - 166 BC 165 BC 164 BC 163 BC 162 BC

  • Antiochus IV Epiphanes decrees that Hellenistic practices be followed by all of his subjects. This decree causes Mattathias, son of John, to raise a revolt in Modein. Mattathias is considered the founder of the Hasmonean dynasty.