|Centuries:||1st century – 2nd century – 3rd century|
|Decades:||140s 150s 160s – 170s – 180s 190s 200s|
|Years:||172 173 174 – 175 – 176 177 178|
- Marcus Aurelius stops a revolt of Avidius Cassius, governor of Syria.
- Avidius Cassius is assassinated by Roman officers.
- Commodus is named Caesar.
- Cao Ang, eldest son of Cao Cao (d. 197)
- Gan Ning, general of Wu (d. 218)
- Sun Ce, elder brother of founder of the Wu Kingdom, Sun Quan (d. 200)
- Wei Yan, general of Shu (d. 234)
- Yang Xiu (d. 219)
- Zhou Yu, militarist and strategist of the Three Kingdoms of China (d. 210)
- Ma Chao, son of Ma Teng, cousin of Ma Dai, brother of Ma Tie and Ma Xie, general and Tiger general of Shu for Liu Bei. (d. 222)