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    I note that many people use BCE instead of BC. I know that BC stands for "Before Christ" but what does BCE stand for?

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    Before Common Era
    Ed Flinn
    http://www258.pair.com/denarius/
    http://flinn.ancients.info/
    http://hobbyblog.blogspot.com/

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      BC or BCE

      Thanks for the info.
      So am I to presume that AD is ACE (After Common Era) or is it ADE (After Death Era)

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        Just plain old Common Era - CE

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          Not to be anal (but I guess I will be anyway), but "AD" doesn't stand for "after death, but "anno Domini" which translates to "in the year of the Lord".

          In 525 AD, a Scythian monk by the name of Dionysius Exiguus created the term in reference to Jesus Christ's birth in 1 AD. Of course, he miscalculated Christ's birth by about 4 years as he probably was born around 3-4 BC. His death was in 33 AD.
          Cheers,
          /<evin

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