Year 73 was a
common year starting on Friday(link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar.__NOTOC__
* The Romans capture
Masada, one of the last battles of the First Jewish-Roman War. Surviving defenders commit mass suicidewhen defeat becomes imminent.
Pliny the Elderserves as procurator in Hispania Tarraconensis.
Domitianis a Roman Consul.
Vespasianbegins conquest of territory east of the upper Rhineand south of the Main. In addition, he reorganizes the defenses of the upper and lower Danube.
*February — the Chinese
Han Dynastylaunches a major campaign against the Xiongnu, whom they confront in the Battle of Yiwuluin the Kumul oasis, an ultimate Han military victory led by General Dou Gu(d. 88).
Ban Chao(Pan-Tch’ao), competing with the Xiongnu, imposes a Chinese protectorate on the kings of Lop Norand Khotanin the Tarim basin, with the aim of controlling the silktrade.
Arts and Science
Martialwrites a satireon "military cowardice".
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