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At the time of the reign of Emperor Hadrian, the Ancient Romans were using a calendar very similar to our own, nowadays.

This calendar had been reformed by Julius Caesar, who re-organised the months, and also set their lengths as 30 or 31 days with 28 days for February. He even named a month after himself! July, (Julius).

The Ancient Romans divided up their days and nights into hours, 12 hours in the day and 12 hours in the night.

The difference ten to now is that the length of the Roman hour varied depending on the time of year! In the summer when daylight was longer, for instance, the Roman hour was longer being one twelth of the daylight hours.

The Ancient Romans did not have weekends as we do - instead they had many irregularly occuring public holidays and celebrations.

The Ancient Romans could tell the time of the day using sundials and water clocks.

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The Emperor Hadrian ruled for 21 years from A.D. 117 until A.D. 138, when the Empire of Ancient Rome was at its height.

The Emperor Hadrian consolidated and strengthened The Roman Empire. He was The Roman Emperor responsible for the building of Hadrian's Wall in England.

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Roman Time

The Roman Calendar

Following Julius Caesar reform of the Roman calendar, this is how it looked:

January: The first month of the Roman year was named after Janus, the Ancient Roman god of gates and doors. On January first, Ancient Romans worshipped and offered sacrifices to Janus so that he would bless the new year. (31 days).

February: From the Latin word februa, signifying festivals of purification celebrated in Rome this month. February was originally 29 days but one of those days was transferred to August. The Ancient Romans believed that King Numa Pompilus added this month in 425 BC. (28 days).

March: Named after the Roman war god, Mars. (31 days).

April: From the Latin word aperire, meaning to open, perhaps signiying the time of year when buds are opening. (30 days).

May: The month dedicated to maiores, or age. (31 days).

June: Possibly celebrates the Ancient Roman goddess Juno, or the Junius clan of Ancient Rome. (30 days).

July: After Julius Caesar. (31 days).

August: Named after emperor Augustus. Many important events in Augustus' life happened in this month. (31 days).

September: From the latin word Septem, seven. (30 days).

October: From the latin word Octem, eight. (31 days).

November: From the latin word Novem, nine. (30 days).

December: From the latin word Decem, ten. (31 days).

Before Julius Caesar reformed the Roman Calendar, June was originally Quintilus (five) and August sextus (six).


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