- GREAT GAME INDIA - JULY 17, 2021 -
Almost 1,496 years ago, a monk named Dionysius Exiguus divided the universal time to designate years based on a year Jesus was born — the “A.D.” and “B.C.” system. Now, a similar Great Reset of our timeline is being attempted with COVID-19 as a marker – the BC & AC system (ie. Before Coronavirus and After Coronavirus).
The Time Keepers
Origin of AD
One of the main motivations for the European study of mathematics in the early Middle Ages, was the problem of when to celebrate Easter.
The First Council of Nicaea, in A.D. 325, had decided that Easter would fall on the Sunday following the full moon that follows the spring equinox. Computus (Latin for computation) was the procedure for calculating this date, and the computations were set forth in documents known as Easter tables.
It was on one such table that, in A.D. 525, a monk named Dionysius Exiguus of Scythia Minor introduced the A.D. system, counting the years since the birth of Christ.
However, Dionysius never said how he determined the date of Jesus’ birth, which is still disputed. In addition, the system only counted time after AD. What about the history of the years before that time?
Origin of BC
The problem was solved two centuries later with the addition of the B.C. component when the Venerable Bede of Northumbria published his “Ecclesiastical History of the English People” in 731.
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