See also:month of the
See also:year . In the
See also:calendar, traditionally ascribed to
See also:Romulus, the year was divided into ten months, the last of which was called
See also:December, or the tenth month. and this name, though etymologically incorrect, was retained for the last or twelfth month of the year as now divided . In the Romulian calendar December had
See also:thirty days ; Numa reduced the number to twenty-nine ;
See also:Julius Caesar added two days to this, giving the month its
See also:present length . The Saturnalia occurred in December, which is therefore styled " acceptus geniis " by Ovid (
See also:Fasti, iii . 58); and this also explains the phrase of Horace " libertate Decembri utere " (Sat. ii . 7) .
See also:Martial applies to the month the epithet canus (hoary), and Ovid styles it gelidus (frosty) and fumosus (smoky) . In the reign of Commodus it was temporarily styled Amazonius, in
See also:honour of the emperor's
See also:mistress, whom he had had painted as an
See also:Amazon . The
See also:Saxons called it winter-monath, winter month, and heligh-monath,
See also:holy month, from the fact that
See also:Christmas fell within it . Thus the
See also:modern Germans
See also:call it Christmonat . The 22nd of December is the date of the winter solstice, when the
See also:sun reaches the tropic of Capricorn .
DECELEA (Gr. DeeeXeta); an Attic deme, on the pass ...
DECEMVIRI (" the ten men ")
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