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Re: Country Related: Christmas

From:Raymond A. Brown <raybrown@...>
Date:Sunday, January 3, 1999, 10:59
At 5:57 pm +0100 28/12/98, Lars Henrik Mathiesen wrote:
> Date: Thu, 24 Dec 1998 15:48:51 +0000 > From: "Raymond A. Brown" <raybrown@...> > > I doubt whether consuls, eponymous or otherwise, meant much to the > RomanoBrits. My understanding is that the dated years by Emperor's reigns, > e.g. the 4th year of Hadrian etc. Tho I guess officialdom might well have > used consular names as well. > >As I understand it, the thing that changed at Jan. 1 was the consuls, >and thence the designation of the year. Do we know if the Romans, or >the RomanoBrits, went from dating their letters 3rd year of Hadrian to >dating them 4th year of Hadrian on Jan. 1? They might have used the >anniversary of Hadrian's becoming Emperor.
A good question - I simply don't know. I'd guess there were different practices, but the Roman civil service would use the same system as the imperial city itself. Ray.