What Is the Difference Between AD, BC, BCE, and CE in Identifying Historical Dates?
asked Sep 09 '10 at 20:02
AD= Anno Domini or Year of our Lord referring to the year of Christ’s birth , everything after 1 AD
BC= Before Christ, everything before 1 AD
The difference is in if you want to use the old Christian based dating system or a more secular dating system.
As stated before:
AD= Anno Domini or Year of our Lord referring to the year of Christ’s birth , everything after 0 AD. CE= Common Era and is used in place of A.D. the dates are the same, ie 2009 AD is 2009 CE. BC= Before Christ, everything before 0 AD. BCE= Before Common Era. For example 400 BC is 400 BCE.
NOTE Most people agree, when using either AD or CE, you do not have to use the signifier, hence this year is 2010 and Stonehenge was built between 3100 - 1100 BCE.
answered Sep 09 '10 at 20:20