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The Anglo-Saxon historian the Venerable Bede, who was familiar with the work of Dionysius Exiguus, used Anno Domini dating in his Ecclesiastical History of the English People, completed in 731.
that Dionysius' desire to replace Diocletian years with a calendar based on the incarnation of Christ was intended to prevent people from believing the imminent end of the world.
It is hard to fit the events of this period into place if we make the birth of Christ early as is commonly done.
Yet this period is important, including the time when Tiberius was absent from political life at Rome, being at Capri.
taken from the full original phrase "anno Domini nostri Jesu Christi", which translates to "in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ".
This calendar era is based on the traditionally reckoned year of the conception or birth of Jesus of Nazareth, with AD counting years from the start of this epoch, and BC denoting years before the start of the era.
Martin, "The Star that Astonished the World," ASK Publications, Box 25000, Portland Or. Objection: a) Josephus says Herod had a reign of 37 years after being proclaimed king by Romans, and had 34 yrs.