التقويم البيزنطي

Byzantine mosaic of the Creation of Adam, (Monreale Cathedral).

التقويم البيزنطي، وأيضاً "Creation Era of Constantinople," or "Era of the World" (باليونانية: Έτη Γενέσεως Κόσμου κατά 'Ρωμαίους ,[1] also Έτος Κτίσεως Κόσμου or Έτος Κόσμου ) was the Calendar officially used by the Eastern Orthodox Church from ca. AD 691 to 1728 in the Ecumenical Patriarchate, by the الامبراطورية البيزنطية[note 1] from AD 988 to 1453, and in Russia from ca. AD 988 to 1700. Derived from the Septuagint version of the Bible, it placed the date of creation at 5,509 years before the Incarnation, and was characterized by a certain tendency which had already been a tradition amongst Hebrews and Jews to number the years from the foundation of the world. (باللاتينية: Annus Mundi /‘Ab Origine Mundi’ (AM)).[note 2] Its year one, the supposed date of creation, was September 1, 5509 BC to August 31, 5508 BC.

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Alexandrian Era

The "Alexandrian Era" (باليونانية: Κοσμου ετη κατ’ Αλεξανδρεις ) developed in AD 412, was the precursor to the Byzantine Era. After the initial attempts by Hippolytus, Clement of Alexandria and others[note 3], the Alexandrian computation of the date of creation was worked out to be 25 March 5493 BC.[2].

The Alexandrine monk Panodoros reckoned 5904 years from Adam to the year AD 412. His years began with August 29, corresponding to the First of Thoth, or the Egyptian new year.[3] Bishop Annianos of Alexandria however, preferred the Annunciation style as New Year's Day, the 25th of March, and shifted the Panodoros era by about six months, to begin on 25 March. This created the Alexandrian Era, whose first day was the first day of the proleptic[note 4] Alexandrian civil year in progress, 29 August, 5493 BC, with the ecclesiatical year beginning on 25 March, 5493 BC.

This system presents in a masterly sort of way the mystical coincidence of the three main dates of the world's history: the beginning of Creation, the Incarnation, and the Resurrection of Christ. All these events happened, according to the Alexandrian chronology, on the 25th of March; furthermore, the first two events were separated by the period of exactly 5500 years; the first and the third one occurred on Sunday — the sacred day of the beginning of the Creation and its renovation through Christ[4]

Dionysius of Alexandria had earlier emphatically quoted mystical justifications for the choice of March 25 as the start of the year:

March 25 was considered to be the anniversary of Creation itself. It was the first day of the year in the medieval Julian calendar and the nominal vernal equinox (it had been the actual equinox at the time when the Julian calendar was originally designed). Considering that Christ was conceived at that date turned March 25 into the Feast of the Annunciation which had to be followed, nine months later, by the celebration of the birth of Christ, Christmas, on December 25.

The Alexandrian Era of March 25 5493 BC was adopted by church fathers such as Maximus the Confessor and Theophanes the Confessor, as well as chroniclers such as George Syncellus. Its striking mysticism made it popular in Byzantium especially in monastic circles. However this masterpiece of Christian symbolism had two serious weak points: historical inaccuracy surrounding the date of Resurrection as determined by its Easter computus,[note 5] and its contradiction to the chronology of the Gospel of St John regarding the date of the Crucifixion on Friday after the Passover.[4]

Comparative list of dates of creation

Early Church writers

  • 5537 BC[5][6] - Julius Africanus (AD 200-245), Church historian.
  • 5529 BC[5][6] - Theophilus (AD 115-181), Bishop of Antioch.
  • 5509 BC - Byzantine Creation Era or "Creation Era of Constantinople." (finalized in 7th c. AD).
  • 5507 BC - Chronicon Paschale (ca. AD 630), Byzantine universal chronicle of the world.
  • 5500 BC - Hippolytus of Rome. (ca. AD 234), Presbyter, writer, martyr.
  • 5493 BC - Alexandrian Era (AD 412).
  • 5199 BC - Eusebius of Caesarea, Bishop of Caesarea and Church historian (AD 324).

تواريخ هامة في التقويم البيزنطي

  • 1 بيزنطي—خلق العالم.
  • 4755 بيزنطي (753 قبل الميلاد) -- تأسيس روما.
  • 4841 بيزنطي (667 قبل الميلاد) -- تأسيس مدينة بيزنطة.
  • 5478 بيزنطي (30 قبل الميلاد) -- تأسيس الامبراطورية الرومانية في معركة أكتيوم البحرية بقيادة أوكتافيان وأوغسطس.
  • تقريباً 5502 بيزنطي (6 قبل الميلاد) -- ولادة يسوع.
  • تقريباً 5541 بيزنطي (33 م) -- صعود يسوع.
  • 5838 بيزنطي (330 م) -- أصبحت القسطنطينية العاصمة الجديدة للامبراطورية الرومانية.
  • 5888 بيزنطي (380 م) -- أصبحت المسيحية الدين الرسمي للإمبراطورية الرومانية بمرسوم من ثيودوسيوس الأول.
  • 5903 بيزنطي (395 م) -- وفاة ثيودوسيوس الأول قسمت الإمبراطورية الرومانية إلى شرقية وغربية.
  • 6045 بيزنطي (537 م) -- يأمر جستنيان الأول باستعمال دورات 15 سنة
  • 6118 بيزنطي (610 م) -- تغيير اللغة الرسمية للإمبراطورية الرومانية الشرقية من اليونانية إلى اللاتينية.
  • 6496 بيزنطي (988 م) -- يأمر باسيل الثاني أول استعمال رسمي للتقويم البيزنطي.
  • 6562 بيزنطي (1054 م) -- الانقسام الكبير بين الكنيسة الأرثوذكسية الشرقية والكنيسة الكاثوليكية الرومانية.
  • 6712 بيزنطي (1204 م) -- الحملة الصليبية الرابعة تهاجم عاصمة الإمبراطورية البيزنطية القسطنطينية. إنشاء إمبراطورية القسطنطينية اللاتينية.
  • 6769 بيزنطي (1261 م) -- إعادة إنشاء الإمبراطورية البيزنطية.
  • 6961 بيزنطي (1453 م) -- سقوط القسطنطينية -- الانهيار النهائي للإمبراطورية البيزنطية.
  • 7427 - 7430 بيزنطي (1919 - 1922 م) السياسي اليوناني Eleftherios Venizelos يحاول استرجاع القسطنطينية من تركيا في الحرب التركية اليونانية (1919-1922) ، ولكن في أثناء الحرب يخسر انتخاب 1920 ويذهب للمنفى مع انتصار تركيا على اليونان.


كلمة بيزنطي اخترعها مؤرخ ألماني هيرونيموس ولف سنة 1557 ونشرها الفرنسيون في القرن 18 للإشارة للإمبراطورية الرومانية الشرقية. رعايا الامبراطورية كانوا يستخدمون كلمة روماني وكان امبراطورهم يدعى الامبراطور الروماني.

انظر أيضاً

Principal considerations for the Byzantine calendar

Other Judeo-Christian eras


  1. ^ i.e. Eastern Roman Empire. The term Byzantine was invented by the German historian Hieronymus Wolf in 1557 but was popularized by French scholars during the 18th century to refer to the Eastern Roman Empire. The citizens of the empire considered themselves Romaioi ("Romans"), their emperor was the "Roman Emperor", and their empire the Basileia ton Romaion ("Empire of the Romans"). The Latin West designated the empire as "Romania", and the Muslims as "Rum".
  2. ^ Significantly, this same phrase - "from the foundation of the world", or "since the dawn of time", (باليونانية: από καταβολής κόσμου, Apo Kataboles Kosmou) - occurs repeatedly in the New Testament, in Matthew 25:34, Luke 11:50, Hebrews 4:3, 9:26, and Revelation 13:8, 17:8, perhaps reflecting on the Byzantine desire in this case to fix such an era or convenient starting point for historical computation, in a calendar based on the Scriptures.
  3. ^ The Era of Antioch (5492 BC) and Era of Alexandria (5502 BC) were originally two different formations, differing by 10 years. They were both much in use by the early Christian writers attached to the Churches of Alexandria and Antioch. However after the year AD 284 the two eras coincided, settling on 5492 BC. There are, consequently, two distinct eras of Alexandria, the one being used before and the other after the accession of Diocletian. ("Epoch: Era of Antioch and Era of Alexandra." In: The Popular Encyclopedia: being a general dictionary of arts, sciences, literature, biography, history, and political economy. (Vol. 3, Part 1). Glasgow: Blackie and Son, 1841. p.73.)
  4. ^ A calendar obtained by extension earlier in time than its invention or implementation is called the "proleptic" version of the calendar.
  5. ^ In the commonly used 19‐year Easter moon cycle, there was no year when the Passover (the first spring full moon, Nisan 14) would coincide with Friday and the traditional date of the Passion, March 25; according to Alexandrian system the date would have to have been Anno Mundi 5533 = 42(!)AD.


  1. ^ Pavel Kuzenkov. "How Old is The World? The Byzantine Era and its Rivals". Institute for World History, Moscow, Russia. In: Elizabeth Jeffreys, Fiona K. Haarer, Judith Gilliland. Proceedings of the 21st International Congress of Byzantine Studies: London, 21-26 August, 2006: Vol. 3, Abstracts of Communications. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006. pp. 23-24.
  2. ^ Elias J. Bickerman. Chronology of the Ancient World. 2nd edition. Cornell University Press. 1980. p.73.
  3. ^ Rev. Philip Schaff (1819-1893), Ed. "Era." Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge. New Edition, 13 Vols., 1908-14. Vol. 4, pp.163.
  4. ^ أ ب خطأ استشهاد: وسم <ref> غير صحيح؛ لا نص تم توفيره للمراجع المسماة KUZENKOV-2
  5. ^ أ ب خطأ استشهاد: وسم <ref> غير صحيح؛ لا نص تم توفيره للمراجع المسماة GENESIS 2000. p.236
  6. ^ أ ب Barry Setterfield. Ancient Chronology in Scripture. September 1999.

وصلات خارجية

التقويم العبري

المراجع وقراءات إضافية

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