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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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Paschal Calculations in the Eastern Empire

Paschal Calculations in the Eastern Empire

(p.245) 12 Paschal Calculations in the Eastern Empire
The Easter Computus and the Origins of the Christian Era

Alden A. Mosshammer

Oxford University Press

Andreas of Byzantium drafted a 200‐year list that began with a Paschal full moon on 4 April in 353 and ended with 25 March in 552. Andreas adopted the form of the cycle that Athanasius had promulgated at Sardica. Armenian sources say that when the list of Andreas ended, a council was held at Alexandria under the leadership of Aeas. Aeas proposed a new cycle beginning with 25 March and generated a 532‐year period beginning in the second year of a cycle with 13 April. The emperor Justinian nullified that work and made the classical form of the Alexandrian cycle official. The cycle of Aeas nevertheless remained in effect in peripheral eras such as Armenia and Georgia. The Armenian scholar Anania of Shirak generated his own 532‐year period, beginning with the Paschal full moon of 4 April in AD 562

Keywords:   Andreas of Byzantium, Anatolius of Laodicea, Aeas of Alexandria, Irion, Armenian era, Georgian kronikon, era of the Romans, Anania of Shirak

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