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The Easter Computus and the Origins of the Christian Era$
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Alden A. Mosshammer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199543120

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543120.001.0001

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The Christian Era of Dionysius Exiguus

The Christian Era of Dionysius Exiguus

(p.339) 15 The Christian Era of Dionysius Exiguus
The Easter Computus and the Origins of the Christian Era

Alden A. Mosshammer

Oxford University Press

The date of Dionysius Exiguus for the first year of Christ in AD 1 disagrees with almost all other ancient authorities. Many scholars state that Dionysius synchronized his year 1 with the year 754 from the foundation of Rome. That synchronism is a modem inference that nowhere appears in the writings of Dionysius. Some have argued that Dionysius incorrectly dated the years of Augustus. Another hypothesis holds that Dionysius generated his date by adding the 532‐year Paschal period to the presumed age of Jesus at his death of 3l years, then designating as 563 the year in the tables that produced a date for Easter on 25, March. Several scholars have claimed that Dionysius derived his date from Eusebius of Caesarea. One has argued that Dionysius designated as 2000 the year in which he thought the present age would come to and end. None of these hypotheses is persuasive.

Keywords:   Dionysius Exiguus, Christian era, Year 754 of Rome, 28th year of Augustus, 15th year of Tiberius, 532‐year period, Chronicle of Eusebius

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