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5763 adar-II 25
1995 magabit 20 1719 baramhat 20 1424 muharram 25
1925 caitra 08 1382 farvardin 09 211 germinal
09 160 baha 09
China-Republic - 92 - 02 - 27 // 78 - 20 / gui~wei Sheep - 02 -
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02 winal / 05 k'in //
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Julian 2003 Mar 16 ANTE DIEM
XVII CALENDAS APRILIS MMDCCLVI A.V.C.
of various calendars
16 March was a holy day for
the Romans, and was sacred to both Jupiter (through Liber) and Mars, sitting
in between their respective holidays. Dionysius is also connected with this
day, as is Carnival, which was celebrated throughout the first weeks of March
(the Roman New Year's celebration). People would ask the gods for as many
years of life as goblets of wine they could drink during this celebration.
The month of March belongs to the warlike Mars,
the deity who personifies the protection of the state and the productivity
of the community. This is the sixteenth day of the Festival of Mars. The daily
spectacle of the priests of Mars leaping and dancing through the streets of
Rome would continue this day.
The emperor Tiberius Caesar Augustus, who had
ruled by terror for the last six years, died on this day at Misenum in DCCXVII
A.V.C. (37 AD), smothered by the chief of the Praetorian Guard when Tiberius
came out of a coma during which he had been declared dead. He was born Tiberius
Claudius Nero on ANTE DIEM IV NONAS NOVEMBRIS DCCXII A.V.C. (02 Nov 42 BC).
This was the first day of a nine-day fast for
the Romans, leading up to the Day of Blood.
The Greeks celebrated this day, every three
years, as the Festival of Dionysius. Romans celebrated it as the Bacchanalia,
until DLXVIII A.V.C. (186 BC), when it was banned. The celebrations tended
to get wild and out of hand.
Jerusalem was captured by Babylon this day in
CLVII A.V.C. (597 BC).