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

Robert Roosen (
Thu, 6 Jul 1995 08:18:46 GMT

Regarding the origin of the seven day week,
Barbara Hamel ( wrote:
: Could just as easily be the other way around. As in, they had seven
: unnamed days and looked around for something to name them after.

Yes. For instance, people took their crops to market every seven days or
so, and someone noticed the pattern and decided to regularize it. So the
seven day week, at least during the growing season may well have come
into existence before the months and year numbering.