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The Chronicon Paschale and the Origins of the Byzantine Era

Alden A. Mosshammer

in The Easter Computus and the Origins of the Christian Era

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199543120
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720062 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199543120.003.0013

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

The Chronicon Paschale and the Origins of the Byzantine Era

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The Byzantine form of the Alexandrian cycle emerged in the 7th century, with an era of creation corresponding to 5509/8 BC and a cycle that began with the 14th day of the moon on 2 April. The Byzantine cycle and its era were adaptations of an innovation proposed by the author of the Chronicon Paschale. That text uses a 19‐year cycle beginning from the 14th day of the moon on 13 April and acalendar that began on Wednesday, 21 March 5509 BC. The authors of the Byzantine cycle accepted Sunday 18 March 5509 BC as the date of creation, but numbered the years from 1 September 5509 BC, in synchronism with the civil calendar. They also moved the saltus from the end of the 19th year to the end of the 17th so as to yield a sequence of epacts in agreement with the Alexandrian cycle.

Keywords: Byzantine era; Byzantine cycle; Chronicon Paschale; Alexandrian cycle

Chapter.  18959 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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