What does ACN mean in Latin?
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What does ACN mean?
- Ante Christum Natum
- Ante Christum Natum, usually abbreviated to A.C.N., a.C.n., a.Ch.n. or ACN, denotes the years before the birth of Jesus Christ. It is the modern Latin equivalent to the English term "BC" and "BCE". The phrase Ante Christum Natum is also seen as the shorter Ante Christum, again usually abbreviated to A.C. or AC. A related term, p.Ch.n or post Christum natum complements a.Ch.n and is equivalent to "AD". These terms are chiefly found in modern Latin texts. English speakers are unlikely to recognize them. Neither the Chicago Manual of Style, the American Heritage Dictionary, nor P. Kenneth Seidelmann's Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac mention AC, ACN, or Ante Christum Natum. These terms were not used in medieval and Renaissance Latin texts. Bede the Venerable, who was the first writer to identify a year as before Christ, used the Latin ante incarnationis dominicae tempus in his Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum in 731. Most comparable early Latin terms referred to Christ's Incarnation or conception, not his birth nine months later.