Archive for August, 2009

Months of the Year Posted by on Aug 8, 2009

Ianuarius (January) Februarius (February) Martius (March) Aprilis (April) Maius (May) Iunius (June) Iulius/Quintilis (July) Augustus/Sextilis (August) September (September) October (October) November (November) December (December) The original Roman calendar used the name Quintilis for July because in Latin Quintilis means fifth as in the fifth month. In the Roman calendar the year was structured to start in March…

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Augustus Posted by on Aug 5, 2009

This post will be dedicated to Augustus, the man who named this month after himself. Originally the month of August was called Sextilis, named after the sixth month of the year. He obviously didn’t hide his humility, because Augustus meant ‘majestic’ in Lain. Of course he made it look like the Senate gave him this name…

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Festivals in August Posted by on Aug 2, 2009

The festival of Opalia was typically observed on August tenth. The festival was held in honor of the goddess Opis, the fertility goddess. In paintings she was depicted as holding a scepter. Her name derives from the Latin word ops, which means plenty and abundance. Her name is also close to the word opus, which…

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