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