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An Analysis of the Widely-Used Gregorian Calendar

Posted in Calendar by entonces27 on September 8, 2008

Composed Wednesday, April 05, 2006 at 4:11 AM PDT
     According to www.newadvent.org , Aloisius Lilius was the principal author of the Gregorian Calendar, a native of Cirò or Zirò in Calabria. His name was originally Aloigi Giglio, from which the Latinized form now used is derived. Of Lilius’s life nothing is known beyond the fact that he was professor of medicine at the University of Perugia as early as 1552.

     The Gregorian calendar is the calendar that is being used by most countries influenced by the Roman Catholic Church. It began with the month of Janus (January), followed by the month of Februa/Februs (February). As we can notice, Janus is an invention and only exists in mythology. But Janus had something to connote to beginnings as Roman traditions said so. That was, perhaps, why it initiates the counting of months in the Gregorian Calendar. But as far as the next and succeeding months are concerned, we can recognize errors. March is the third month of the Gregorian calendar, ordinally speaking and no doubt it derived from “Mars” (the mythological representation of war where also the word “martial” had its origin). Here comes “April” which I doubt Aloigi got the etymology same as what this website ” http://www.crowl.org/Lawrence/time/months.html ” is telling us. But for more info in “April” discussion, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April .

     Do you know Aphrodite? The word “April” was probably derived in this mythological character “Aphrodite”. Just like the month of Maia – May which is the fifth month of the year inf the Gregorian Calendar). And the rest follows June (the 6th), July (the 7th), August (the 8th), September (the 9th), October (the 10th), November (the 11th) and December (the 12th).

     Wait, I noticed some peculiar above! According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September , the name “September” comes from the Latin septem, for “seven”. September was the seventh month of the Roman calendar until 153 BC. So if we compare which is correct, September as the 9th or the 7th? Of course, if we base to the real meaning of the word, “September” must be the 7th and not the 9th, but I wonder why…! Anyway, I guess the Roman lexicographers changed the denotation of “septem” from the original “7” to the modern “9”.

Yours truly,