This is often credited with not only popularizing the calendar reference, but also introducing the concept of BC, notably setting 1 BC to be the year prior to AD 1, ignoring any potential zero year.
(This is no surprise as Bede, like Dionysius, didn’t have a numeral zero to work with, see: The Story of Zero.
Finally, in April of AD 311, by imperial decree, the Great persecution was put to an end even in the East.
Previous to this, he had purportedly only advocated banning Christians from such things as the military and ruling body in hopes that would appease the gods.
Afterward, he switched to an escalating policy of persecution to try to get Christians to worship the Roman gods.
But, even as it grew, people continued to use other systems like the Roman calendar. C.) and so mentions years “before the incarnation of our Lord.” Another religious writer, this one a French Jesuit named Dionysius Petavius (a.k.a. A century or so after Petavius’ work, Isaac Newton wrote a chronology in which he used Petavius’ system—but with a slight change in the wording, using “before” rather than the Latin “ante.” “The times are set down in years before Christ,” Newton wrote, but he didn’t use abbreviations. “You get used to a certain way of doing things,” she says.
Denis Petau), used the idea of in his 1627 work De doctrina temporum. “The hinge idea, that there’s before Jesus and after Jesus really only takes root in the 17th and 18th century,” Hunt says. Aas some people stripped the terms of some of their religious connotations by using BCE (“before the common era”) and C. “It’s quite similar to the problem of the metric system, which is invented in the 18th century and took a very long time before it could be taken up even in France.
New editions continued to be published throughout the rest of the century and it was translated into English, where the abbreviations of A. Newton’s chronology was part of a growing interest in figuring out concordances—links between historical events and biblical events—during the 18th and 19th centuries.