* A systematic persecution of Christians begins in
Romeunder Marcus Aurelius. Many Christians worship secretly.
* Marcus Aurelius' son,
Commodus, becomes Imperatorthen Augustus as a coequal of his father.
* Churches in southern
Gaulare destroyed after a crowd accuses the local Christians of practicing cannibalism and incest.
* Forty-seven Christians are martyred in
Lyon( Saint Blandinaand Pothinus, bishop of Lyon, among them).
* Marcus Aurelius and Commodus war a second time against the
Quadiand the Marcomanni.
* Chinese troops suffer a crushing defeat against a confederacy of Central Asian tribes led by the
Xianbei(see Wu Hu).
Cai Wenji, Chinese female poet and musical composer
Pan Zhang, Chinese general of Wu (d. 234)
* Sun Yu (d.
Wang Can, Chinese politician, scholar and poet (d. 217)
Xu Sheng, general of Wu (d. 228)
Yuan Shang, youngest son of Chinese warlord Yuan Shao(d. 207)
Polycarpus, S. Blandinaand other martyrs in Lyon
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