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An occasional series of short videos on coins that shed light on various aspects of ancient history, presented by Professor Kevin Butcher.

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Dating the birth of Jesus

16:22, Wed 15 Dec 2010

Anno domini. Today we use the system devised by the sixth-century monk, Dionysius Exiguus, as a way of synchronising events, and associate its origin with the nativity of Jesus and the 'first Christmas'. But did Dionysius get his dates right? A coin issued by Herod Antipas suggests not ...

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