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If octo means 8, why is October the 10th month?

  • June 18, 2004
  • Posted by yoko
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It was originally the eighth month, until the format of the calendar was changed.


R Helms June 19, 2004, 9:41am

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That's interesting; I've always thought June and July were inserted.

Anonymous June 23, 2004, 4:57pm

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And what exactly did you suppose was meant by "the format of the calendar was changed?"

Honestly, people, READ the thread before you make half-assed comments. I, in fact, make it a rule to read the thread before posting my own half-assed comments. :)

speedwell2 June 24, 2004, 4:12am

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July from Julius Ceasar.
August from Augustus Ceasar.
Romans added 2 months to the original Greek/Egyptian calandar to better match the phases of the moon. The problem was that the traditional new year was way off the original concept of the death/rebirth of the sun, the shortest day.
The calendar was yet again changed by the Catholic Church in the 17th centuary, by adding the concept of the leap year.
This caused great consternation in the populace as people thought that the Church had lopped off 11 days from their lives.

b2c_za July 2, 2004, 1:09am

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Regarding the dropped days: they were first dropped in October 1582 when the Catholic Church switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. Not everyone made the switch, and it wasn't until 1752 that England converted to the new calendar.

Anyone with access to a system running Unix, Linux, or Max OS X can see the shortened September 1752 calendar by trying the following command: cal 9 1752
(or see for an example)

Sally July 22, 2004, 10:26am

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June and July were inserted BUT the year started at March in Roman times, so October was still the eighth month then, until the Gregorian reformation.

Jennifer July 23, 2004, 1:08am

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Counting from March, the last four months are numbered like this: September (7), October (8), November (9) and December (10). If I recall correctly, July and August were originally named Quintilis and Sextilis or something similar (for Fifth and Sixth). They were not 'inserted' as such.

Chance Likely August 4, 2004, 6:32am

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Actually, March was the first month of the Roman calendar. Which would have made October the 8th month. January and Febuary were inserted into the calendar year not June and July.

tater_tot_7 October 7, 2004, 11:55am

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They fucked it up when they made the new calendar, it was with the old one, and November was the ninth and september was the seventh and december was the 10th like they're supposed to be, but then they added shit and changed the names of half of them to names of roman gods just cause they felt like it.

C July 12, 2007, 4:57pm

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sorry i asked i didn't know what it meant??????

hay seed November 4, 2008, 6:37pm

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