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Letter: Your Say - I FEEL compelled to challenge.

Byline: PD

I FEEL compelled to challenge one of your more frequent correspondents G B Butler.

His latest letter (BC-AD Confusion, 16.1.08) has many historical inaccuracies.

Briefly, he is wrong when he says there was no continuous dating system in Roman times: there were at least two, one dating from the supposed foundation year of the city of Rome and the other dating from the First Olympiad. Presumably Romans could take their pick.

As for the Emperor Constantine converting to Roman Catholicism, how could he convert to a denomination that at that time did not exist? Christianity was neither Roman nor Catholic at that time and, as for the birth of our Lord, it has long been known that AD 1 could not be the year of his birth as Herod the Great had been dead for eight years.

PD, Hartburn
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 28, 2008
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