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

Fred Read (
Tue, 15 Aug 95 18:31:24 GMT

In article <> "Stephen Souter" writes:
> [Snip]
> 5) The inference that one or more months were *added* to the calendar ("so
> that the emperors could have a month named after them like the other
> gods")
> Technically speaking, Julius Caesar *deleted* a month from the calendar.
> Before 46 BC, the (ordinary) Roman year had 12 months, but every second
> year a 13th intercalary month (of 22 or 23 days) was added every second
> year much in the same fashion as we add leap days every fourth year.
> What was *added* to the calendar were not months but days: 10 of them (to
> bring the number in an ordinary year from 355 to 365). This was done not
> by inventing any months but by distributing the new days around the
> existing months. Plus there was to be an extra "leap day" every fourth
> year.

You obviously know your way around the calendar, so I'll ask you
something that has been bugging me...

If the Romans DIDN'T add two months to the year (as I have always
believed to be the case) when did September, October, November and
^^^^ ^^^ ^^^
December (respectively the seventh, eigth, ninth and tenth months
of the ancient Roman calender) become the ninth, tenth, eleventh
and twelfth months of the modern calendar?

By the way, great post - lots of good stuff.

Fred "Who Nones his Ides from his Kalends..." Read

Fred Read
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