There are subjects that I know I don’t know, such as quantum mechanics, astrophysics, and fluid dynamics to name three.
There are things that I think I should probably know, but don’t know. One of these things cropped up recently while on the wondrous internet.
I happened on this article about two ancient objects – Two boundary markers. From Athens, Greece. Circa 500 BCE. The article was about objects 16 and 17 from A History of the Classical World in 100 Objects by Emily Hauser.
It was the words “Circa 500 BCE” that sparked my curiosity. What does BCE mean? I know, like most people, what BC and AD mean, but BCE – hmmm, me clueless. So, another Google. Phew, see HERE, or HERE for the answer.
Here’s what I’ve now learned,
These stones, … are also reminders of the radical social reforms which swept Athens in the early 6th century BCE, presaging the advent of an entirely new kind of political system – democracy.
It seems historians use the term Common Era as a secular alternative to the terms “BC” and “AD”, which have a Christian relevance. BCE means Before Common Era and is the same as BC, While CE, meaning Common Era, is the same as AD.
So, now I know two things.