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In AD 525, the monk Dionysius Exiguus of Scythia Minor was working on his table to determine when Easter fell when he decided to eliminate reference to Diocletian by listing his table’s first year as Anno Domini 532, explicitly stating this was referring to the year directly following the last year of the old Diocletian-based table, Anno Diocletiani 247.How Dionysius came up with 525 years since Jesus was born at the time he was calculating his table (532 years from when the table’s dates began) isn’t clear, but he wasn’t far off the range most biblical scholars today think, with the more modern estimates tending to ring in somewhere between 6 to 4 BC for the actual birth of Christ. 2010) so that the translation, read in word order, would mean "in the year of our lord 2010". To cater to religious diversity, the abbreviations BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era) can be used to replace BC and AD.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.

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Previous to this, he had purportedly only advocated banning Christians from such things as the military and ruling body in hopes that would appease the gods.

Afterward, he switched to an escalating policy of persecution to try to get Christians to worship the Roman gods.

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