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Why does...

the Christian (or Gregorian) calendar use Roman god(dess)' names?


Asked by Zoeyis at 4:14 AM on Nov. 4, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Same reason all the days of the week are named after the Heathen gods - they didn't care enough to change them because they existed long before the religion did.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:36 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • The names originated from ancient Romans, that is why the months are named after the Roman gods or goddess. It's a cool piece of history.


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 5:48 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • Because the Gregorian calander is a reformed version of the Julian calander. The Julian calander was not correct, so the Gregorian calander was created. The two are nearly identical. It was easier to make small corrections to the existing calander than to try and get everyone to change the names they were using for every month and day of the week.

    Answer by asmcbride at 10:04 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • Tha's a good one. I have no idea. Looking forward to other people answering.

    Answer by BeachMom81 at 4:21 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • I didn't know that about the the days of the week, NP, very interesting

    Answer by BubbaLuva at 11:45 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • Its just an extension/version of what already was.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 10:34 AM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • te he!

    I'm currently working on a calendar for my Circle based upon the Roman deities, concepts...and Caesars...

    PM me if you'd like a copy.

    Answer by MamaK88 at 2:17 PM on Nov. 4, 2010

  • The Gregorian calendar was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII, the purpose was to have Easter fall in the time the Council of Nicaea had agreed upon because not all Churches celebrated Easter at the same time. So it was simply an adaptation of the already existing calendar, whit the names of the months in Latin. That's why it seems some of the months are not named properly September, for example, which would mean 7th, is the 9th month, and so on until December, which would mean 10th and it's our 12th month. This is because the roman calendar in which it was based started on March.


    Answer by momto2boys973 at 3:23 PM on Nov. 4, 2010