date is actually wrong, as Jesus was born 4-7 years earlier than the year 1 date the Gregorian calendar works from. refers to Christ's birth, not his death, this expansion is wholly erroneous. C is an abbreviation for ' Before Christ', used in the Gregorian calendar (in turn used widely around the world, including in the US, Canada and Britain) to refer to the era before the birth of Jesus Christ, the central Christian figure.
In any event, Easter was/is the most important holy day of the Christian tradition, and it was decided at the First Council of Nicaea (AD 325) that it should occur each year on the Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox.
In order to forecast when exactly the holiday fell each year, Easter tables were created.
When that didn’t work, Christians began to be killed in various brutal ways including occasionally being torn apart by animals for the amusement of the masses (Damnatio ad bestias).
This method of convincing people to worship the Roman gods ended up being an amazing failure and the persecution appears to have only continued after AD 305 in the Eastern half of the empire under Galerius and Maximinus.
It is important to note that even though the BC/AD system of dating has Christ as its central focus, it is not found in the Bible.
It was not actually developed until 525 AD, when the entrance of the Christ into the world was recognized as being the turning point of history, and our calendars were made to reflect that.3 In regard to the use of BCE and CE, these are more recent developments.
This began simply via seizing Christian’s property, destroying their homes, burning all Christian texts, etc.
When this sort of thing was ineffective, they progressed to arresting and torturing Christians, starting with the leaders.
The zero date for BCE is the same as BC; in fact all the dates remain the same (e.g.
E is an abbreviation for ' Before Common Era', a non-religious alternative to the use of B. in designating the first period of the Gregorian calendar, the era of prehistory and much of antiquity.
The former is a religiously motivated way of dividing two major time periods in human history, while the latter is a modern, non-denominational way. is an abbreviation for Anno Domini - Latin for The Year Of Our Lord - used in the Gregorian Calendar to refer to the current era.