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Subject: How to write a date in Ancient Greek
Question: Hi, thanks for taking the time to read my question. I have been
trying for some time to find how to write a date in the ancient Greek
language. The date is April 2nd, 2010. It is a personally significant
date to me and I am hoping to create a memorabilia with it on it for
myself. The reason I chose ancient Greek is that as far as I can find,
it was the language used to write the New Testament. I have tried to
determine how to write it on my own but have no experience or
education in the linguistic field and do not want to get it wrong
because it will be a permanent reminder in my life. I hope you will
be able to help me with this. Thanks again for taking the time.

Reply: This will take you a long long time.

You want to have New Testament Greek, so you might start by looking at the large number of calendars available in the Roman Empire at the time of the writing of the gospels. There were a lot.

You may also want to work out how the many adjustments since then have affected the calendar.

Naming of a year will be a real challenge too.....

You have probably noticed how dating is done in the New Testament -- it's all relative to festivals and emperors.

Hours of fun and frustration await you.

Anthea
(dated this day of Sts Joachim and Ann, in the 60th year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth)
Reply From: Anthea Fraser Gupta      click here to access email
 
Date: 25-Jul-2013
 
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  1. Re: How to write a date in Ancient Greek    Robert A Papen     (25-Jul-2013)

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