"A.D." stands for _Anno Domini_ = "in the year of the Lord", not for "after the death". Most stylebooks prescribe placing "A.D." before the year: "Arminius died A.D. 21." WDEU calls this "the traditional and still most frequently used styling" (the OED has citations from 1579 on); but Collins English Dictionary says "this is no longer general practice." Placing "A.D." after the year is, if anything, better supported by precedents from Classical Latin (whose word order was flexible enough that either placement would be grammatical): the ancient Romans did not use A.D. dating, but Cicero (_Pro Flacco_ I) has _quingentesimo anno rei publicae_ = "in the five-hundredth year of the state".
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