Posted by: Winslie Gomez | 19/03/2008

How long ago was 461AD? For the mathematically challenged.

Don’t Laugh and definitely none of the ROFLOL either. This is serious stuff for somebody mathematically challenged. 🙂 As I kept finding it everyday this week.

My heart goes out to the person/persons who keeps searching for:

“How long ago was 461 AD”

Dear friend,

This is a simple maths problem.

Take the current year 2008 subtract 461 and you have 1, 547 years as the duration.

So the answer to” How long ago was 461 AD”?

1, 546/7 years (with margin for error)

Why? Because we are only into March ’08, so it would be prudent to start the calculation with


If you need an understanding of AD which stands for Anno Dimini

Simple but unreliable source is here

Traditionally, English copied Latin usage by placing the abbreviation before the year number for AD, but after the year number for BC; for example: 64 BC, but AD 2008. However, placing the AD after the year number (as in 2008 AD) is now also common. The abbreviation is also widely used after the number of a century or millennium, as in 4th century AD or 2nd millennium AD, despite the inappropriate literal combination in this case (“in the 4th century in the year of Our Lord”).

Because B.C. is an abbreviation for Before Christ, some people incorrectly conclude that A.D. must mean After Death, i.e., after the death of Jesus.

Thorough and incomprehensible is here

Hope that helps.


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