Auc dating system

16 May

All of us tend to use the most significant dates in our lives as reference points for all the others.

For example, we think of our age in reference to the year we were born, and while we may give names to wedding anniversaries (silver, gold, etc.), we determine them by counting from the year of the marriage.

It shows the two brothers as consuls, sitting side-by-side in special “curule” chairs (a mark of office). So a consul’s name followed by III, for example, meant it was the third time they had held the position.Unfortunately, it was difficult in the sixth century AD for the originator of that system, Dionysius Exiguus, to determine the exact year when Christ was born.The things he had to go on were the brief clues in the Gospels that relate Jesus’ birth or later age to events in Roman history, and the official Roman records of those events, neither of which were very precise.Just as in an individual’s life, some birthdates may be so important that the whole culture chooses them as the reference point for its dating system. We are all quite familiar with the BC/AD dating system.It uses Christ’s birth year as the zero point—all other years are based upon that one.