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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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Anatolius and the Christian Era

Anatolius and the Christian Era

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The Easter Computus and the Origins of the Christian Era

Alden A. Mosshammer

Oxford University Press

Anatolius recalibrated the system of Africanus to make its first year begin on 1 Thoth = 29 August, 5501 BC. In his preface, Anatolius told the reader how to calibrate his list with the years of the Roman emperors and several other systems. It is likely that he also stated the interval from the birth of Christ, adopting the Christian era of Africanus. The Armenian church received a version of the cycle of Anatolius, which they said ended in the year 552 from Christ, at a date corresponding to AD 552. The extant Latin version of a 95‐year table was a continuation of one that began in the 50th year of Diocletian,AD 333/4, synchronized with the year 334 from Christ., The Christian era of Dionysius Exiguus is that of Africanus, transmitted to him as to the Armenians and the author of the Latin text through the Pasehal tables of Alexandria.

Keywords:   Anatolius of Laodicea, Julius Africanus, Andreas of Byzantium, Christian era, Armenian Christian era, Dionysius Exiguus

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