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The adjustment of archaic times is an almost impossible task and has lead to a very advanced use of formulae and tables, exemplified in the classic study of Greek and Roman in antiquity, Chronology of the Ancient World (Aspects of Greek & Roman Life) by Elias J. Bickerman .
The title and the subtitle of the book very clearly and cleverly summarizes the basis of this amazing field so frequently disregarded, particularly by those badly self-called fundamentalists of all religions, particularly the monotheists (Judaist/Christian/Islamists). It is amazing to read and listen to those that want to submit the history of the universe and of the antiquity to the strictures (or is it “Scriptures”) of the chronology, as we know it today. In reality, it takes the delicate scientific and mathematical knowledge drafted out in this book of the application of chronology, chronography, and calendarology already complicated by each of the religions mentioned (Judaism/Christianity/Islam) and many of their leaders and monarchs (Eastern, Gregorian, Julian).
Even nowadays we see that our Western calendars are maladjusted by about six days from the Russian [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_calendar] the other remaining power if not superpower) one; the Russians insist on using their version of the Gregorian calendar. Not to say that the Jewish calendar is completely maladjusted in comparison with ours, or vice versa, ours with theirs already separated of our concept of the year zero calibrated to the supposed birth of Jesus Christ (“annus Domini” or AD, and preceded by “before Christ,” or BC). And our era methodology per se also contains its own strictures (Scriptures?) and at times inherent errors or difficulties. Not to mention the differences with the Chinese calendar, one that is completely disregarded by the Western world, an action that one of these days we will come to regret. The book goes systematically into each of these subjects; these calendars, these monarchs, and the data are made very useful by the spreading of tables, an essential part of the book and tool for its usage. Although the book emphasizes Greek and Roman aspects, its methodology prepares one to deal with the difficulties of setting earth and universe occurrences into our own limited calendarology.
So what is wrong with accepting enormous variations in the interpretation of archaic texts?