This Day in Ancient History: ante diem iv nonas februarias

ante diem iv nonas februarias

304 A.D. — martyrdom of Apronian the Executioner at Ancona

… it’s Candlemas Day … eat those pancakes! And for all you Latin teachers out there … you can present this Latin ‘distich’ quoted by Thomas Browne in Robert Chambers Book of Days (the quoting of) which predates Punxsutawney Phil (and Wiarton Willy, and the plethora of other rodents):

Si sol splendescat Maria purificante,
Major erit glacies post festum quam fuit ante
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