August 13, 2022

A millennium is a period of time consisting of a thousand years. Also millennium (millennium, millennia from Latin mille, 1000, and annus, year).

Millennium Demarcation

The term millennium can be used both in the sense of a thousand years, starting from any date, and in the sense of a thousand years, starting from the Nativity of Christ (our era). In the second sense, millennia are numbered. So, for example, we are now living in the 3rd millennium. The millennia before the birth of Christ are numbered in reverse order: the 1st millennium BC was preceded by the 1st millennium BC, the 2nd millennium BC was preceded by the 2nd millennium BC, and so on.

Viewpoint x000-x999

"The year 2000" was also a popular phrase and a reference to future catastrophic events on a global scale. Various sectarians and esoteric eschatologists, as well as mass media and software corporations, were interested in this in the year 2000 (Y2K bug). Thus, the populist argument was that the new millennium should begin when the zeros of 2000 appear, i.e. the day after December 31, 1999. The change in the number of hundreds per year, the number and the zeros of the rollover created a feeling that a new century had begun. This is similar to the common delimitation of the decades of their most significant figures, such as referring to the period 1980 to 1989 as the 1980s or "the eighties". Additionally, it would be valid to celebrate the year 2000 as a cultural event in its own right, and refer to the period from 2000 to 2999 as "the 2000s".

Modern chronology

In all European countries and most countries of the world, the modern chronology of our era, including the 21st century and the 3rd millennium, is based on the Nativity of Christ and is denoted in Latin > Anno Domini, or abbreviated: A.D./AD. The complete phrase sounds: lat. Anno Domini Nostri Iesu Christi (in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ). According to this chronology, there is no zero year, therefore 1 year AD (new era) comes immediately after 1 year before Christmas (before the new era). In the Ukrainian language, the counterpart "year of God", "year of God" (r. B.) is also used.


Millennium — academic explanatory dictionary of the Ukrainian language [Archived September 19, 2016 at the Wayback Machine.]