Question: Why is BC counted backwards?

Originally Answered: Why are years before Christ (B.C.) counted backwards? Because its a retrospective calendar with the start point at year 1 of the Gregorian calendar and must therefore count backwards in order to make any sense, just like negative numbers.

Why is there no zero year on a timeline?

Well, actually there is no year 0; the calendar goes straight from 1 BC to 1 AD, complicating the process of calculating years. Most scholars believe that Jesus was born between 6 and 4 BC (Before Christ) and that he died between 30 and 36 AD (Anno Domini, latin for in the year of the lord).

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