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January - Roman god Janus
March - Roman god Mars
May - Roman goddess Maia
June - Roman goddess Juno
April is also connected to Venus, I think, but I can't remember the etymological link
"Since some of the Roman months were named in honor of divinities, and as April was sacred to the goddess Venus, the Festum Veneris et Fortunae Virilis being held on the first day, it has been suggested that Aprilis was originally her month Aphrilis, from her equivalent Greek goddess name Aphrodite (Aphros), or from the Etruscan name Apru."
From a Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April
@ Gordon: Thanks for looking that up. I was feeling too lazy yesterday to do my homework.
re: months - and September - December are numeric:
SEPTember == SEPT == 7
OCTober == OCT == 8
NOVember == NOV == 9
DECember == DEC == 10
From what I understand July and August were named after Caesars -
July == Julius Caesar
August == Augustus Caesar
This is what shifted the numeric months down 2 notches from 7-10th months to 9-12th months, as they are now.
Not quite, Rocky. August was called Sextilis (from 6) and I don't recall July's former name. It wasn't inserting two months that messed it up, because there was no insertion; the months were just renamed. The numbers are off because the year used to start around the beginning of spring, March 25. (This remained true in England until 1752!)
Yes, the day after March 24, 1700 was March 25, 1701 under that system, and yes, that is just... fucked up by our standards.
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