Is there a better phrase or word to use than lengthy date? For example:
We give this lengthy date to accommodate the dispute respecting the Hermas who is the author of the Pastor.
This seems a bit archaic to me. Is there a better word, phrase or anything else to express the above thought?
Note, Hermas was “a man in Rome to whom Paul sent greetings”, second century, possibly “the author of the celebrated religious romance called The Shepherd” or The Pastor.