What Happened in the Year 100 AD?

Ever since the early medieval period, the denomination 100 for this year emerged when the Anno Domini calendar era became the preferred method in Europe for naming years.  In Europe, an emperor flexes his power, while early civilizations in the Americas grow. Religion in Asia also experiences change and growth. In this article, you will learn more about the people, places, and events of 100 AD around the world.

In the Americas

In the Americas, in the region now known as the state of Ohio follows the “Hopewell tradition,” which concentrates on a common network of trade routes of the Native Americans. Teotihuacan, which is the center of Mexico, grows to a population of 50,000. History sees the emergence of the Moche civilization at this time, which starts to construct a society in the region now known as Peru.

In Europe

In the year 100, the Roman Empire saw changes in politics and the military. Emperor Trajan and Sextus Julius Frontinus become Roman Consuls with Pliny the Younger gaining a place in politics. Trajan founds Timgad during this year, which he establishes as a military colony. The town is situated in North Africa to pay homage to his mother, father, and oldest sister. Today, the town is found in modern-day Algeria. Archeologists have studied the ruins to learn about the city planning trends of the ancient Romans. As the Roman Empire grows, bricks become the building material of choice. The Roman army grows, reaching a rank that includes 300,000 soldiers.

The Markets of Trajan flourish in Rome, which last until 112. Today, the large complex of ruins still decorates Rome , situated on the Via dei Fori Imperiali, which is at the opposite end to the Colosseum. The attraction is thought to have once been the largest shopping arena in the world.
It is widely thought that the Gospel of John (which focuses on the public ministry of Jesus) was written around this time. In Europe, the flora and fauna changes. For example, lions that once roamed about the Balkans no longer exist.

In Asia

In Asia, the last king of the Indo-Parthian Kingdom takes control of the throne. His name is Pakores and he ruled from 100 to 130 AD. At the start of this year, the general population of China heavily relies on the use of paper. During this time, the Kingdom of Himyarite suffers defeat by the hand of the Hadramaut. In China, agriculture takes a turn when the wheelbarrow makes its first appearance. Anguo, China becomes the site for the Temple of the God of Medicine.

In 100 AD, the Fourth Buddhist Council meets to describe the sayings and teachings of the faith. In India, the compilation of the Kama sutra appears. This ancient Indian Hindu text is widely viewed as the standard traditions regarding human sexuality during this time. Written in Sanskrit, the author Varsyayana also offered practical advice concerning sexual intercourse. Through prose and poetry verses, the text is known as one of the oldest and most distinguished out of the group of texts referred to as Kama Shastra.