RE: [sig] Numbering centuries
- Actually I use a simpler therom-
Statement: The 1900's were called The 20th Century
So therefore any century is one number less.... ie - 15th C is 1400's, 6th
C is 500's, and so on....
Lot easier for me
From: Alastair Millar alastair@...
No offence to anyone intended, but to be honest I'm rather surprised that
there is so much confusion - and list traffic - about something that is so
So... given that there was no Year 0, the first century *must* have been
the years 1-100 AD. The second century therefore starts in 101 and runs to
200, and so on.
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- so a more sig-like topic...
I know that early russian dates work differently, I
just don't remember how. I know that their years were
different than the roman calendar and I would assume
their centuries as well. I read about this once...
Oh and the orthodox church uses different years. How
does that relate to medieval years? Days?
Can anyone clear this up? Bonus points for doing it in
5 sentences or less. Extra bonus points for creating a
mnemonic device to help me remember this time!
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The Julian Calendar was used in Russia up to the 19th century. Many Orthodox
churches continue to use the Julian calendar for religious holidays.
Years were reckoned according to the year of creation, 5508 years before
Christ. So most of the time you can get away with adding 5508 to the year.
I don't remember right off when medieval Russians celebrated the new year, nor
do I remember if they concerned themselves with numbering centuries the way we
do. Somehow, I suspect they didn't.
Sofya la Rus
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> I know that early russian dates work differently,
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> I know that early russian dates work differently, ISome orthodox churches (Russian, Greek oldcalendar, Serbian, O.C. in
> just don't remember how. I know that their years were
> different than the roman calendar and I would assume
> their centuries as well. I read about this once...
> Oh and the orthodox church uses different years. How
> does that relate to medieval years? Days?
America) use old (Julian) calendar while Roman Catholic and all states
use official Gregorian calendar. The difference between these calendars
is 13 days (November 15th in those orthodox churches is dated as
November 2nd; November 6th is October 24th because October have 31 days
and 31+6-13=24). But this is only valid for 20. and 21. century. The
problem is because Julian calendar (reformed by Julius Caesar count
every fourth year as a 366 days long year (with February 29th). It is
easy to remembar because years when are summer Olimpic games are 366
days long by Julian calendar.
Gregorian calendar, estabilished by pope Gregorius in 16th century, is
reformed Julian calendar. Year is not long exatly 365days and 6 hours
(as Julian calendar counts) and in 16th century was difference betweem
March 21th and real equinox of 10 years. Gregorius deleted the
difference, but made and the rule for "secular" years (1600, 1700, 1800,
1900 etc.) So, "secular" years have 366 only if century number is
devided with 4 without a rest (1600, 2000, 2400 etc. because 16:4=4,
etc.). So, at 18th century the difference between calendars was 11 days,
at 19th century was 12 days, at 20th and 21st centiry is 13 days, at 22
century it will be 14 days.
In medieval time in orthodox church was in use counting of years by
Byzantic calendar from the begining of the world, similar as Jewish
calendar. This calendar start with New Year on September 1st (Church New
Year). Also was and counting years by indicts, but it is a long story.
Some orthodox churches (Romania, Greek-newcalendar etc.) use Gregorian
calendar when are fixed holidays, but the Easter and holidays conected
to the Easter are by Julian calendar. But, this is a modern use in those
If tou need detailed information see some encyclopedia or send me a
message on personal e-mail.