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Ab urbe condita Latin pronunciation: Usage of the term was more common during the Renaissancewhen editors sometimes added AUC to Roman manuscripts they published, giving the false impression that the convention was commonly used in antiquity. In reality, the dominant method of identifying years in Roman times was to name the two consuls who held office that year.

Varro may have used the consular list with its mistakes and called the year of the first consuls " ab urbe condita ," accepting the year interval from Dionysius of Halicarnassus for the kings after the foundation of Rome. The correctness of this calculation has not been confirmed, but it is still used worldwide.

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From the time of Claudius ruled AD 41 to AD 54 onward, this calculation superseded other contemporary calculations. Celebrating the anniversary of the city became part of imperial propaganda.

Claudius was the first to hold magnificent celebrations in honor of the anniversary of the city, in AD 48, the eight hundredth year from the founding of the city. Coins from his reign commemorate the celebrations.

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