If the Year is 2020, what was the date 3,500 Years Ago?
I have been trying to figure it out for a novel. I know it's in BC, but I would like an actual date.
- 1 month ago
about 500 B.C, The Year of the Consulship of Camerinus and Longus
- SocratesLv 71 month ago
There's a lot to it, including converting back to the Julian calendar which would add or subtract 16 days back in the 16th century. I forget which.
- Anonymous1 month ago
You would be in the 15th century BC and as far as an actual date is concerned you would need to say where you were, often counted as so many years in the reign of a monarch or from the start of a dynasty, counting forward as we do.
- PuzzlingLv 71 month ago
The problem with what you are asking is that present day calendars didn't exist 3500 years ago.
The current Gregorian calendar (with 12 months of January to December) didn't exist then. The Julian calendar was created in about 45 BC and the Roman calendar before that was created in 753 BC.
Certainly even on these calendars, they wouldn't have referred to the year as something like 1481 BC counting backwards toward birth of Christ. We have just extended the current calendar numbering system where 1 AD would be preceded by 1 BC.
It would be 1481 BC on our modern calendar, but that's not how someone 3500 years ago would refer to the year.
I suggest researching the civilization that you want to place your novel in and find out specifics about their calendar. You're probably looking at the Babylonian or Egyptian calendars at that time.
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- PhilomelLv 71 month ago
3500-2020=-1480 = 1480 BC
- MICHAEL KLv 71 month ago
3,500 - 2020 = 1,480 which is 1,480 B.C.
- KrishnamurthyLv 71 month ago
Julian calendar | Wednesday, June 11, -1481
Julian day number | 1180650
Jewish calendar | 8 Sivan, 2280 (until sunset)
Islamic calendar | 6 Jumada I, 2166 B.H (until sunset)
- D gLv 71 month ago
There is no year 0 do 2019 years ago is 1 ad
So the next year is 1bc
Do that means 2020 years ago was 1bc
3500- 2020 is an additional 1480
Or 1481 bc
- TomVLv 71 month ago
There was no year 0 CE, so the beginning of 2020 is actually 2019 years from the beginning of 1 CE. The end of 1 BC coincided with the beginning of 1 CE. Therefore the beginning of 2020 CE is actually 2020 years after the beginning of 1 BC.
Any date in 2020 is 2020 years after the corresponding date in 1 BC.
2020 years ago is 2019 - 2020 = -1 = 1 BC
3000 years ago is 2019 - 3000 = - 981 = 981 BC
3500 years ago is 2019 - 3500 = -1481 = 1481 BC
That missing year, 0 CE, makes the difference of dates across the BC - CE boundary a little confusing.
- RaymondLv 71 month ago
Year numbers are ordinal. It is the 2020th year, therefore it is at the end of the year that 2020 years will have elapsed in the "Current Era".
2020 May 29
go back 2019 years
AD 1 May 29 (I know, I am ignoring the change from Gregorian to Julian)
There was no year 0. Go back one year, from AD 1 to
1 BC, May 29 (that was 2020 years ago)
go back a further 1480 years
1481 BC, May 29
Of course, there was no such thing as a "month of May" back then.
Other than Egyptians, most everybody else was on a lunar calendar, where months begin either at the New Moon or the day after.
In one commonly used Hebrew calendar (which may have been used back then), it would have been the 8th day of Sivan, in the year 2280.
If you find a coin bearing the date "1481 BC", it is a fake.