Fasti-dious: Gnaeus Flavius and the Power of the Calendar

A certain scribe was then discovered, Gnaeus Flavius, who pierced the eyes of crows [i.e. outwitted those in the know] and published the calendar of court days to the people and in this way stole the knowledge of the legal calendar from the astute legal experts.[i] Cicero, In Defense of Murena, 25. A former scribaContinue reading “Fasti-dious: Gnaeus Flavius and the Power of the Calendar”

To BCE Or Not to BCE: That Is a Very Common Question

A short post in order to discuss a topic that comes up a lot when I blog and when I tweet: Why do I use BCE and CE (Before the Common Era and Common Era) instead of BC (Before Christ) and AD (anno domini–“in the year of [our] lord”)? History of the Debate:  The use of BC andContinue reading “To BCE Or Not to BCE: That Is a Very Common Question”