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Some civilizations used BCE and CE which stand for "Before Common Era" and "Common Era"

(Not strictly true. CE and BCE are "politically correct" modern innovations, concocted so that Jews and other non-Christians don't feel left out. No previous civilization has ever used them. After all, the Christian Era was not the "common" era until Christianity became dominant in the West.)

YearsDifferent civilisations used different methods. The Romans named them after the consuls who ruled in that year, eg The year of Julius and Pompey, the Greeks may have named the year after the victor of the 100m sprint in the Olympics

Rome also reckoned time from the supposed foundation of the City in 753BC, so 3BC would have been 750AUC (Anno Urbis Conditae)

The Greeks also sometimes reckoned from the beginning of the Olympics, supposedly in 776BC, so 356BC (when Alexander the great was born) would have been the first year of the 106th Olympiad.

Before Christ

Anno Domini (In the Year of our Lord)

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How are BC and AD used?

BC is used to refer to dates before the birth of Jesus and AD to the dates after His birth Answer BC= Before Christ AD= Anno Domini


Is BC before or after AD?

BC is before AD (Before Christ) (After Death)


Why BC and AD?

BC : before Christ AD : anno domino


What is first ad or bc?

BC, before Christ came before AD, anno domini


Does AD go before the year or after?

AD is after and BC before


What goes first on a timeline BC or AD?

BC comes before AD on a timeline. BC or BCE means before common era, AD means "In the year of Our Lord."BC first AD after


What is mean AD AND BC?

AD - Anno Domini BC - Before Christ


Is AD before BC?

No, it's the other way around: BC then AD


AD and bc timeline?

BC - Before Christ AD - Anno Domini


Was BC before AD?

BC comes first as in Before Christ, AD is Anno Domini or after Christ


What is the BC AD dating system?

BC: Before Christ. Used for years before the birth of Jesus Christ AD: Anno Domini. Used for years in the reign of the christ. The current year, for instance, is really 2013 AD


Why use ad and bc for Christ?

ad=after death bc=before christ this is how i remember it


What does BC and AD stand for in Greek?

BC is "before Christ" and AD "anno domini"


What does ad and bc?

AD stands for "anno Domini" BC stands for "before Christ"


What does AD or BC stand for?

BC stands for before Christ. AD would stand for after death of Christ.


Did AD come before or after BC?

AD followed BC. BC stood for Before Christ, and AD after him (Anno Domini, "year of our lord").Note that this means 1 BC was immediately followed by 1 AD, with no "zero year" between them.


If BC is before Christ and AD is after Christ then?

Yes BC= Before Christ and AD= Anno Domini (Year of our Lord)


What does the the word ad and bc belongs for?

I think it means After Death, AD, and Before Christ, BC.


What is the difference between BC and AD?

BC stands for before Christ and AD stands for after death.


What does BC or AD mean?

I was taught that BC means Before Christ, and AD means After Death.


What is first bc or ad?

BC is first as Before Christ. AD comes after as Anno Domini


What comes first AD or BC?

I belive that AD comes first then there are BC.


How do you go from BC to AD?

BC is the time before jesus christ was born therefore BC is BEFORE CHRIST and AD refers to the time after christ was born


Which is the earliest 2010 BC or 2010 AD?

2010 BC is 4019 years before AD 2010.


What was BC called before AD?

prehistory