Re: Why not 13 months? (Was La Systeme Metrique)

Robert Roosen (
Thu, 10 Aug 1995 20:52:46 GMT

This reminds me that in school I was taught that AM means "after
midnight" and PM means "past midday". Not an unreasonable
simplification for seven year olds. We would have had a heck of a
time understanding "ante meridian" and "post meridian" :-)
Michael L. Siemon
wrote: : In article <>,
: wrote:

: +Obviously if the year originally started in March, this theory is untrue,
: +and is merely an explanation added later, which seemed to fit the facts. Can
: +anyone confirm or deny this.
: +
: +I'm always interested in proving that I was lied to as a child

: You were not lied to (and it is probably a good idea to stop being quite
: so adolescent.) However, the Romans were NEVER very rational about
: anything to do with counting or calendars. For *some* purposes the
: year began on January 1st, for others (in particular, the inauguration
: of consuls, who gave their names to the years) on March 1st. The
: actual case is just more complicated than you were told (and would
: you have had the patience then -- or do you have it now? -- to delve
: into the actual historical situation?
: --
: Michael L. Siemon (

: "Stand, stand at the window, as the tears scald and start;
: you shall love your crooked neighbor, with your crooked heart."