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Caesar's CalendarAncient Time and the Beginnings of History$
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Denis Feeney

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520251199

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520251199.001.0001

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· Years, Months, and Days II

· Years, Months, and Days II

The Grids of the Fasti

(p.167) Six · Years, Months, and Days II
Caesar's Calendar

Denis Feeney

University of California Press

This chapter explores the charts of the Roman Fasti, investigating their role in placing the city and its empire in time, and analyzing in particular the revealing transformations the fasti underwent as they were revolutionized along with the rest of Roman life by Julius Caesar and his heir. The term fasti embraces two principal kinds of time chart. The word denotes not only the annual calendar but also the list of eponymous chief magistrates, the elected officials who gave their names to the year and enabled orientation in past time. The chapter also briefly considers the so-called, and misnamed, Fasti Triumphales, a list of those who had celebrated triumphs; these are much the rarest of the three categories under discussion, with the only substantial remains coming from the list put up by Augustus at a site in the east end of the Forum to accompany the list of consuls he had already installed there.

Keywords:   Roman, Fasti, Julius Caesar, calendar, magistrates, Fasti Triumphales, Augustus, consuls

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