The whole system sounded confusing to me. I wonder if an ancient Roman were to be transplanted to today if our system of dates would be as baffling to her.
- The Calends (Kalendae) were the first days of each month. The name is derived from the Greek word meaning to announce. It may have been used to “announce” the day of the New Moon, or the first sliver of the Waxing Crescent Moon.
- The Ides (Idus) occurred one day before the middle of each month. Depending on the month's length, it fell on the 13th or 15th day. In the lunar calendar, the Ides marked the day of the Full Moon.
- The Nones (Nonae) fell on the 7th day of 31-day months and on the 5th day of 29-day months, marking the day of the First Quarter Moon.
Five years ago today: Thanks For The Information
calends and nones is new to me.ReplyDelete
I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who learned something new today :-)Delete
The Greeks and the Romans have a lot to answer for. What exactly did they give us to be thankful for? Apart from democracy, the Olympic Games, olives, Roman numerals, aqueducts, roads, television, what else?ReplyDelete
This is another instance of how I just love living in the age of the internet, whatever question I have I can quickly and easily find the answer to. Yes, I bet if an ancient Roman were transported here she'd be baffled, by pretty much everything.ReplyDelete
Yes, (with an internet connection) any possible bit of information is available at the tips of your fingers.Delete