Rome’s Trinity of Emperors
Have you ever why our calendar system uses the term Anno Domini? Up until this morning, I presumed it was because of Jesus. And in a way, I was correct, but during the night I kept getting the idea of this unholy trinity of Flavians being the imitation of the Christian Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Now I knew I wasn’t going to call Domitian a holy spirit, so I finally settled on ‘Spirit of the Age’. Little did I know until this moment that I was right.
The Anno Domini dating system was devised in 525 by Dionysius Exiguus to enumerate the years in his Easter table. His system was to replace the Diocletian era that had been used in an old Easter table because he did not wish to continue the memory of a tyrant who persecuted Christians. The last year of the old table, Diocletian Anno Martyrium 247, was immediately followed by the first year of his table, Anno Domini 532. When he devised his table, Julian calendar years were identified by naming the consuls who held office that year—he himself stated that the “present year” was “the consulship of Probus Junior”, which was 525 years “since the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Thus Dionysius implied that Jesus’ incarnation occurred 525 years earlier, without stating the specific year during which his birth or conception occurred.History (from Wikipedia)
The Diocletian era? So he is the Spirit of the Age. Wonders will never cease.