Roman dating system

The Minoan culture practiced "bull-dancing," which may have also contributed to the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, the bull of Minos.

After the fifteenth century BCE the Minoans were supplanted by the Myceneans, the first genuinely Hellenic (Greek-speaking) culture.

By the 1st century BC, the Roman calendar had become hopelessly confused.

From around 1,500 years BCE we see the gradual rise of the technology of phonetic script and written literature and, in many ways, this is when history, as the understanding of past events through the interpretation of written records, really begins.

One of the earliest civilizations of the Mediterranean world to leave substantial records was the Minoan civilization of the second millenium BCE.

The remaining 61¼ days were apparently ignored, resulting in a gap during the winter season. The months bore the names Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quintilis (renamed later as Iulius), Sextilis (ditto Augustus), September, October, November, and December – the last six original names corresponding to the Latin words for 5 to 10.

The early Roman king Numa Pompilius is credited with adding January at the beginning and February at the end of the calendar to create the 12-month year.

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