This Day in Ancient History ~ kalendae ianuariae

[I don’t think I’ve posted this feature on New Year’s Day in a decade]

English: James George Frazer (1854-1941)
James George Frazer (1854-1941) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem vii idus decembres

ante diem vii idus decembres

  • 43 B.C. — death of Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) as he half-heartedly fled the proscription of Marcus Antonius et al.
  • 1985 — death of Robert Graves (I Claudius, among others)

This Day in Ancient History ~ kalendas decembres

kalendas decembres

Faustina the Younger (130–175 AD). Marble, ca....
Faustina the Younger (130–175 AD). Marble, ca. 161 AD. From the area of Tivoli. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • rites in honour of Neptune (connected with an altar rededication or a temple dedication?)
  • rites in honour of Pietas near the Circus Flaminius (not much known about this one, apparently)
  • 147 A.D. — Annia Galeria Faustina, wife of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, is given the title of Augusta
  • 2007 — death of Zeph Stewart (Harvard Classicist)

This Day In Ancient History ~ pridie kalendas decembres

pridie kalendas decembres

English: Theodor Mommsen, German historian, po...
English: Theodor Mommsen, German historian, politician and writer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • 406 B.C. — death of Euripides (by one reckoning)
  • 147 A.D. — birth of Annia Galeria Faustina, the daughter of the emperor-to-be Marcus Aurelius
  • 1817 — birth of Theodor Mommsen, Nobel prize winning ancient historian
  • 2004 — death of David Bain (University of Manchester Classicist)
  • 2007 — death of John Strugnell (Dead Sea Scrolls guy)

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem v kalendas decembres

ante diem v kalendas decembres

Bust of Antinous, in the Louvre Museum, Paris.
Bust of Antinous, in the Louvre Museum, Paris. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
  • 43 B.C. — the lex Titia de triumvirato gave G. Julius Caesar Octavianus, Marcus Antonius, and Marcus Aemilius Lepidus the title of triumviri rei publicae constituendae with near-dictatorial powers for a period of five years
  • 8 B.C. — death of the poet Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)
  • ca 110 A.D. — birth of Hadrian’s paramour Antinoos
  • 176 A.D. — Commodus is given the title imperator by Marcus Aurelius
  • 1907 — birth of L. Sprague de Camp (The Ancient Engineers, etc.)