Roman Dates

The Romans measured the passing days in a way that is delightfully complex. Here is a brief introduction, with concepts listed in roughly ascending complexity.

EXEMPLI GRATIA

NONIS FEBRUARIIS (non. feb.) = February 5

KALENDIS APRILIBUS (kal. apr.) = April 1

IDIBUS MARTIIS (id. mar.) = March 15

DIE VII ANTE IDUS MARTIAS (a.d. vii id. mar.) = March 9

PRIDIE KALENDAS IANVARIAS (prid. kal. ian.) = December 31

A calendar for March (MARTIVS):

Roman day
(Day number)
kal.
(1)
vi
(2)
v
(3)
iv
(4)
iii
(5)
prid.
(6)
non.
(7)
viii
(8)
vii
(9)
vi
(10)
v
(11)
iv
(12)
iii
(13)
prid.
(14)
id.
(15)
xvii
(16)
xvi
(17)
xv
(18)
xiv
(19)
xiii
(20)
xii
(21)
xi
(22)
x
(23)
ix
(24)
viii
(25)
vii
(26)
vi
(27)
v
(28)
iv
(29)
iii
(30)
prid.
(31)

NEXVS

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