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What is AD and BC for the historian concept. ? I want know why we add AD and BC before any DATE

Asked by bma, 31 Mar '09 11:53 am
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The labels BC and AD used to be added AFTER the year number. They are no longer used. Contemporary usage is to use CE meaning \"Common Era\" instead of AD and BCE meaning \"Before Common Era\" instead of BC. So today is 31 March 2009CE. Sometime in the medieval age, a European monk decided to start a new calendar using the epoch of the alleged birth of their godman Jesus as year 1 (1AD). (It is now known that there was no such historical prophet called Jesus. The Romans who left extensive documents failed to include a single contemporary account of the birth or death of this Jesus!) Any year before the birth was labelled BC (abbreviation for \"before Christ\") and any year after was labelled AD (abbreviation for \"Anno Domini\" meaning \"In the year of our Lord.\") This calendar was used by the Roman Catholic Church and so it spread throughout Europe as the Church extended its influence over the western peninsul ...more
Answered by Shahryar Pax, 31 Mar '09 06:01 pm

 
  
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One such basic historical concept that needs to be emphasized before moving on is the very simple distinction between dates "A.D." and "B.C."and what these abbreviations stand for. Although this method of describing time is almost universal now, throughout much of history each civilization had its own unique method of calculating and referring to historical time. In many places one described the "date" something happened as a certain number of years before or after some significant event such as a great earthquake, or reign of a significant king, in one's society. Eventually, hundreds of years after the time Jesus lived on the earth, some scholars decided to attempt to use the year of His birth as the "focal" point of history. All dates before his birth would be a certain number of years "B.C."Before Christ. All dates after His birth would be "A.D."which is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase Anno Domini. The ...more
Answered by dharamender nebhnani, 31 Mar '09 11:58 am

 
  
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