Previous to this, he had purportedly only advocated banning Christians from such things as the military and ruling body in hopes that would appease the gods.
Afterward, he switched to an escalating policy of persecution to try to get Christians to worship the Roman gods.
The former is a religiously motivated way of dividing two major time periods in human history, while the latter is a modern, non-denominational way. is an abbreviation for Anno Domini - Latin for The Year Of Our Lord - used in the Gregorian Calendar to refer to the current era.
literally means 'the 1945th year of our lord', the lord in question being Jesus Christ, providing a religious context and clearly distinguishing the time from an earlier era, where B.
The zero date for BCE is the same as BC; in fact all the dates remain the same (e.g.
E is an abbreviation for ' Before Common Era', a non-religious alternative to the use of B. in designating the first period of the Gregorian calendar, the era of prehistory and much of antiquity.
The English, “Before Christ” didn’t appear until the latter half of the 17th century and it wouldn’t be until the 19th century that it would be abbreviated.