Centuries: 3rd century BC - 2nd century BC - 1st century BC
Decades: 230s BC 220s BC 210s BC 200s BC 190s BC - 180s BC - 170s BC 160s BC 150s BC 140s BC 130s BC
Years: 189 BC 188 BC 187 BC 186 BC 185 BC - 184 BC - 183 BC 182 BC 181 BC 180 BC 179 BC
- Cato the Elder is elected censor along with Lucius Valerius Flaccus, and initiates a number of unpopular reforms and crackdowns. He expels seven members of the Senate; one of them, a Manilius, for having "embraced his wife" during the day in the presence of their daughter (David Matz notes that the Greek verb periplakenai may have meant a more intimate sort of activity).
- Plautus, Latin playwright