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The timeline of the apostolic era on chart 13-1 encompasses events from the time of
Christ until the departure of the last of the apostles, John the Beloved. About half of the
events noted are of certain date. Most relate to Roman governance and are documented
in Roman historical records, official transcripts, or monuments. Some of the notations
(in italics) are of conjectural date, based on careful reconstruction of the activities of leading
individuals and the most likely chronological sequencing of events. The remaining items
listed very likely occurred as dated, since they fit into a sequence of related happenings, or
are confirmed by strong, though not certain, evidence. These dates are listed in accordance
with the dating system of the time, that of the Roman year, with the modern date equivalent
also provided. Events listed are either of particular importance to early Christian history or
of empire-wide importance.
M. Cary and H. H. Scullard, A History of Rome (New York: St.Martin’s, 1975).
F. E. Peters, The Harvest of Hellenism (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1970).