AD 70

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AD 70 in various calendars
Gregorian calendar AD 70
Ab urbe condita 823
Assyrian calendar 4820
Balinese saka calendar N/A
Bengali calendar −523
Berber calendar 1020
Buddhist calendar 614
Burmese calendar −568
Byzantine calendar 5578–5579
Chinese calendar 己巳(Earth  Snake)
2766 or 2706
庚午年 (Metal  Horse)
2767 or 2707
Coptic calendar −214 – −213
Discordian calendar 1236
Ethiopian calendar 62–63
Hebrew calendar 3830–3831
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 126–127
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 3170–3171
Holocene calendar 10070
Iranian calendar 552 BP – 551 BP
Islamic calendar 569 BH – 568 BH
Javanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar AD 70
Korean calendar 2403
Minguo calendar 1842 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1398
Seleucid era 381/382 AG
Thai solar calendar 612–613
Tibetan calendar 阴土蛇年
(female Earth-Snake)
196 or −185 or −957
(male Iron-Horse)
197 or −184 or −956

AD 70 ( LXX ) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Vespasian and Titus (or, less frequently, year 823 Ab urbe condita ). The denomination AD 70 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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A common year starting on Monday is any non-leap year that begins on Monday, 1 January, and ends on Monday, 31 December. Its dominical letter hence is G. The most recent year of such kind was 2018 and the next one will be 2029 in the Gregorian calendar, or likewise, 2013 and 2019 in the obsolete Julian calendar. The century year, 1900, was also a common year starting on Monday in the Gregorian calendar. See below for more. Any common year that starts on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday has two Friday the 13ths. This common year of this type contains two Friday the 13ths in April and July. Leap years starting on Sunday share this characteristic, but also have another in January.

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Vespasian Emperor of Ancient Rome, founder of the Flavian dynasty

Vespasian was Roman emperor from 69–79, the fourth, and last, in the Year of the Four Emperors. He founded the Flavian dynasty that ruled the Empire for 27 years.

Titus Emperor of Ancient Rome

Titus was Roman emperor from 79 to 81. A member of the Flavian dynasty, Titus succeeded his father Vespasian upon his death, thus becoming the first Roman emperor to come to the throne after his own biological father.

Roman consul High political office in ancient Rome

A consul held the highest elected political office of the Roman Republic, and ancient Romans considered the consulship the highest level of the cursus honorum.



  • Expedition by the Roman Septimius Flaccus to southern Egypt. He probably reaches Sudan.
  • Ze-Hakèlé (Zoskales in Greek) becomes king of Aksum.
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In historiography, ancient Rome is Roman civilization from the founding of the Italian city of Rome in the 8th century BC to the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD, encompassing the Roman Kingdom, Roman Republic and Roman Empire until the fall of the western empire. The civilization began as an Italic settlement in the Italian Peninsula, conventionally founded in 753 BC, that grew into the city of Rome and which subsequently gave its name to the empire over which it ruled and to the widespread civilisation the empire developed. The Roman empire expanded to become one of the largest empires in the ancient world, though still ruled from the city, with an estimated 50 to 90 million inhabitants and covering 5.0 million square kilometres at its height in AD 117.

Sudan country in Northeast Africa

Sudan or the Sudan, officially the Republic of the Sudan, is a country in Northeast Africa. It is bordered by Egypt to the north, the Red Sea to the northeast, Eritrea to the east, Ethiopia to the southeast, South Sudan to the south, the Central African Republic to the southwest, Chad to the west, and Libya to the northwest. It houses 37 million people (2017) and occupies a total area of 1,861,484 square kilometres, making it the third-largest country in Africa. Sudan's predominant religion is Islam, and its official languages are Arabic and English. The capital is Khartoum, located at the confluence of the Blue and White Nile.

Zoskales King of Aksum

Zoskales was an ancient King in the Horn of Africa. His realm included the ancient city of Adulis.

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Oneida Community human settlement in United States of America

The Oneida Community was a perfectionist religious communal society founded by John Humphrey Noyes in 1848 in Oneida, New York. The community believed that Jesus had already returned in AD 70, making it possible for them to bring about Jesus's millennial kingdom themselves, and be free of sin and perfect in this world, not just in Heaven. The Oneida Community practiced communalism, complex marriage, male sexual continence, and mutual criticism. There were smaller Noyesian communities in Wallingford, Connecticut; Newark, New Jersey; Putney and Cambridge, Vermont. The community's original 87 members grew to 172 by February 1850, 208 by 1852, and 306 by 1878. The branches were closed in 1854 except for the Wallingford branch, which operated until devastated by a tornado in 1878. The Oneida Community dissolved in 1881, and eventually became the giant silverware company Oneida Limited.


Gaius Julius Quadratus Bassus Legate at Judaea and Roman consul

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Judea (Roman province) Roman province

The Roman province of Judea, sometimes spelled in its original Latin forms of Iudæa or Iudaea to distinguish it from the geographical region of Judea, incorporated the regions of Judea, Samaria and Idumea, and extended over parts of the former regions of the Hasmonean and Herodian kingdoms of Judea. It was named after Herod Archelaus's Tetrarchy of Judea, but the Roman province encompassed a much larger territory. The name "Judea" was derived from the Kingdom of Judah of the 6th century BCE.


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  1. War of the Jews Book V, sect. 99 (Ch. 3, paragraph 1 in Whiston's translation)
  2. War of the Jews Book V, sect. 302 (Ch. 7, par. 2)
  3. War of the Jews Book V, sect. 466 (Ch. 11, par. 4)
  4. 1 2 War of the Jews Book VI, sect. 296 (Ch. 5, par. 3). In Greek, "φάσμα τι δαιμόνιον ὤφθη μεῖζον πίστεως", a phrase that is often translated on UFO sites as "On the 21st of May a demonic phantom of incredible size...".
  5. War of the Jews Book VI, sect. 94 (Ch. 2, par. 1)
  6. War of the Jews Book VI, sect. 166 (Ch. 2, par. 9)
  7. War of the Jews Book VI, sect. 220 (Ch. 4, par. 1)
  8. War of the Jews Book VI, sect. 407 (Ch. 8, par. 5; Ch. 9, par. 2)