Ancient Romans generally identified years by the names of their consuls. When was AUC, ab urbe condita, or any of its various abbreviations first used? It was very popular in the Renaissance but it may have been used in classical times (though I do not know of any cases).

  • Did you look at the wikipedia page?
    – justCal
    May 22, 2017 at 23:31
  • @user2448131 Yes, but I didn't actually see any citations of its use. Many references to the age of the city, but none to attested use of AUC/ab urbe condita/etc.
    – Charles
    May 22, 2017 at 23:37
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    It seems attributed to Varro, but no work given. A lot of Varro works are lost...
    – justCal
    May 23, 2017 at 0:12


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