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  • 1. Month NamesWhere do the month names come from? Name Comes from Who or what? Why?January Janus God of Doors This month opens the year. This was a Roman month of sacrificesFebruary februo purify and purification. Start of year for soldiers (no fightingMarch Mars God of War during winter) This is the month when trees open theirApril aperire open leaves. Goddess of This is the month when plants reallyMay Maia Growth start to grow. Queen of theJune Juno Gods JuliusJuly Ruler of Rome He reorganised the calendar. Caesar He thought he was at least as importantAugust Augustus Ruler of Rome as Julius Caesar!September septem seven Seventh month (counting from March)October octo eight Eighth month (counting from March)November novem nine Ninth month (counting from March)December decem ten Tenth month (counting from March)When you look at September, October, November and December, it seems as ifthe Romans couldnt count! But their year used to start in March. When JuliusCaesar reorganised the calendar and made it start in January, he kept the oldnames, apart from one month, which he called after himself. Augustus cameafter Julius Caesar and changed the name of another month.The Romans had the same months as us. They had special names for the firstday in the month (the Kalends), the seventh day (the Nones) and the fifteenth(the Ides). The Kalends belonged to Juno. The Ides belonged to Jupiter. Theydid not have weeks like us