Bc dating system
BC is "before christ", whether you believe in him or not.
It's just as good as the Nth year of reign of Pharaoh Whoever - doesn't require you to believe in the deity of a particular egyptian Whereas making it "common era" implies that it's the correct one and all the others are wrong.
The Anno Domini year–numbering system was introduced by a Christian monk named Dionysius Exiguus in the 6th century.
The year count starts with year 1 in the Gregorian calendar.
The ancient city of Pompeii, Italy, was founded around 600–700 Before Common Era (BCE) and was destroyed by a volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 Common Era (CE).©bigstockphoto.com/miropink Because AD and BC hold religious (Christian) connotations, many prefer to use the more modern and neutral CE and BCE to indicate if a year is before or after year 1.
According to the international standard for calendar dates, ISO 8601, both systems are acceptable.
The expression Common Era is also no new invention, it has been in use for several hundred years.
However, I somewhat regularly hear people referring to years as in the CE (Common Era) or BCE (Before the Common Era). Wikipedia, Anno Domini article: , but a few years earlier (i.e., in the somewhat ironic 3–4 B. While Christians make up a very large chunk of the world's population, they are no where near the majority.
But moreover, there is only one letter of difference between the two terms, whereas with BC and AD, the terms are clearly different and I find it easier to distinguish! BCE/CE usually refers to the Common Era (the years are the same as AD/BC).
Adding CE or BCE after a year is only necessary if there is room for misunderstanding, e.g.
in texts where years both before and after year 1 are mentioned.