Useful Tables, Forming an Appendix to the Journal of the Asiatic Society: Part the First, Coins, Weights, and Measures of British India

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Bishop's College Press, 1840 - 96 pages

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Page 13 - HEGIRA, dates from the flight of Mahomet to Medina, which event took place in the night of Thursday, the 15th July, AD 622. The era commences on the following day, viz. the 16th of July. Many chronologists have computed this era from the 15th of July, but, Cantemir has given examples, proving that, in most ancient times, the 16th was the first day of the era; and now there can be no question that such is the practice of Mahometans.
Page 14 - Asia, reckon their time by cycles of 60 years ; instead of numbering them as we do, they give a different name to every year in the cycle. As all those nations follow the same system, we shall detail it here more particularly. They have two series of words, one of ten, and the other of twelve words ; a combination of the first words in both orders is the name of the first year ; the next in each series are taken for the second year ; and so to the...
Page 7 - ABYSSINIAN ERA. The Abyssinians reckon their years from the creation, which they place in the 5493rd year before our era*, on the 29th of August, Old Style ; and their dates will consequently exceed ours by 5492 years and 125 days. They have 12 months of 30 days each, and 5 days added at the end, called Pagomen, from the Greek word imytpunu, added.
Page 9 - Nabonassar, beginning on the 26th February, 747 BC, and consisting of 365* days only. It was reformed thirty years before Christ, at which period the commencement of the year had arrived, by continually receding, to the 29th August, which was determined to be in future the first day of the year. Their years and months coincide exactly with those of the era of Dioclesian.
Page 161 - In the advancement of our apprentices, we direct that after they have served the first five yeares, they shall have £10 per annum for the two last yeares, and having served those two yeares, to be entertayned one yeare longer as Writers, and have Writer,s...
Page 161 - And knowing that a distinction of titles is in many respects necessary, we do order, that when the apprentices have served their times, they be...
Page 26 - Yikramaditya be required, subtract 3044 therefrom, and the result, 1881, is the year sought. To convert Samvat into Christian years, subtract 57 ; unless they are less than 58, in which case, deduct the amount from 58, and the result will be the date BC The era...
Page 10 - PERIOD is a term of years produced by the multiplication of the lunar cycle 19, solar cycle 28, and Roman indiction 15. It consists of 7980 years, and began 4713 years before our era. It has been employed in computing time, to avoid the puzzling ambiguity attendant on reckoning any period antecedent to our era, an advantage which it has in common with the mundane eras used at different times. By subtracting 4713 from the Julian Period, our year is found. If before Christ, subtract the Julian Period...
Page 4 - Correbus was successful at the Olympic games. This era differed from all others in being reckoned by periods of four years instead of single years. Each period of four years was called an Olympiad, and in marking a date, the year and Olympiad were both mentioned. The second Olympiad began in 772; the third, in 768; the fourth, in 764; the fifth, in 760; the 10th in 740, &c.

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