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.