- 1 About me, the administrator of this site
- 2 The purpose of this project
- 3 Why I don't translate dates in Common Era
- 4 The bigger picture
- 5 You don't have to agree with me to use this library
- 6 How I translate dates
- 7 Beyond translating Wikipedia articles
- 8 Some more information about how this site works
About me, the administrator of this site
My name is Karen Grigoryan (I’m a dude).
I’m a mobile app developer living in Russia.
The purpose of this project
This project is an attempt to create a substantial initial amount of history literature that uses Holocene Calendar. I believe you can't use such a year numbering system for real until you have some history literature that uses this system. Thankfully we don't need to create such literature from scratch. It turns out you can easily convert not only BC dates but also centuries and millennia into this new system. And then if you automate the translation process, you can get a lot of literature pretty fast. So, basically, what I do here is I import Wikipedia articles on this site and translate the dates that they contain into Holocene Era.
I use a modified Holocene Calendar where years are numbered separately within each decamillennium. So, I don’t need to translate years in Common Era. That’s why I only import articles that are related to the previous decamillennium (10 000 - 1 BC).
Why I don't translate dates in Common Era
At first it was just a matter of efficient allocation of my limited resources (which are pretty much my time, and maybe money if I choose to hire freelancers at some point). It is so easy to make a translation in your head when it comes to dates in Common Era (for example translating year 2020 CE into 12020 HE is pretty straightforward). That's why it doesn't make much sense for me to spend my time adding 1s to each date in Common Era. Fixing the previous decamillennium is much more important because the translation of dates there is not as straightforward. So some amount of history literature that uses Human Era, even if only for the previous decamillennium, would be beneficial for anyone who wants to use Holocene Calendar.
But then, as I used this new system more and more, I started to realize that it just works fine the way it is. It fixes our backwards BC system and I don't think that I underplay 10000 years of human history as is the case with Christian timeline. Why? Because I know that I live in the 2nd decamillennium and I also use HE dates when I think about the history of the 1st decamillennium. To me, saying that I live in year 2020 of the 2nd decamillennium feels just the same as saying that I live in year 12020. So, maybe we don't need a calendar reform after all. Maybe all we need to do is to fix the previous decamillennium by generating a ton of history literature that uses HE dates in the 1st decamillennium.
The bigger picture
So I started to think about it and eventually I convinced myself that that is how we should view history: by dividing it into decamillennia and counting years separately within each decamillennium. I even wrote a manifesto about it: HoloceneCalendar.org
You don't have to agree with me to use this library
I may be totally wrong about this whole decamillennia thing. Maybe having just one absolute system where you count years to infinity (and year numbers over time becoming 5-digit then 6-digit and so on,) is a great idea. Some would say that they still would like a calendar reform to happen. Fine. All I'm doing here is fixing the 1st decamillennium. I started doing it even before I came up with the idea of separate year count within each decamillennium. So if you like the original Holocene Calendar better, and think that we live in year 12020, just use this library to learn some dates from the previous decamillennium and in your mind do your own translations for the 2nd decamillennium dates. That's how I intended this library be used in the first place.
How I translate dates
You can get an idea from this video. Select the best video quality.
I think most people don't even realize how easy it is to translate history literature, and how little there is to translate when it comes to ancient history. In the 1st decamillennium we have like 6 ancient civilizations. If we are talking about just translating Wikipedia, you can get an idea of the amount of articles by adding up the numbers of rulers of each country, the numbers of wars and battles, numbers of historic sites, artefacts and so on. For example there were about 400 pharaohs in Egypt. There were around 700 consuls in Roman Republic. You add this all up for all the countries and you get roughly 10 000 articles. Probably there's much more information than that. So let's double or even triple it. Let's say there are 20 000 - 30 000 articles that are related to the 1st decamillenium. Compare it to millions of articles that are not related to the 1st decamillenium. If you think we need to translate dates from Common Era as well, good luck with that, because I'm not going to do it.
Beyond translating Wikipedia articles
You can translate anything. You can translate any average history book in a matter of hours (as long as it's not some kind of encyclopedia jam-packed with dates). In a matter of a few years we may have as much HE history literature as we want.
Check out my date conversion tool.
Some more information about how this site works
Right now I don’t need collaborators, as I believe the translation process is not very time consuming and I can translate thousands of articles in the coming months on my own. But then maybe in the near future I decide to speed up the process and will be looking for some help.
The information on this site will always be lagging behind that of Wikipedia. Over time I’ll be reimporting same but updated articles from Wikipedia to make sure the info on this site is up to date.
Most of the images on this site are scaled down thumbnails of original images that can be found on Wikipedia. I can’t store original images as they’ll quickly fill up the disk space on my server. So if you want to enlarge an image but can't, you might need to find the same image on Wikipedia. By the way, on top of every article there is a link to the original article on Wikipedia.
I translate all the BC dates I find in articles, even if those dates are inside quotes (which may be wrong in some sense, but for the reader it eliminates the need for mental switching between BC and HE systems). The only exception where I don't translate BC dates is when those dates are a part of a book title or something like that.
If you want to use materials from this site, read the disclaimer first.
Wondering if you can trust my date calculations at all? Read this article: Why you can trust my BC to HE date translations
Also, if you hover your mouse on top of any date (it can be a year, a decade, a century or a millennium as long as the date is not a part of some link), you'll see the original BC date.