Julius Caesar

August – the origins of the month’s name

In 45 B.C., after consultations with astronomer Sosigenes of Alexandria, Roman General Julius Caesar began reforming the Roman calendar. In the process of the reform, the fifth month Quintilis was renamed in his honour – Julius. After Julius’s grandnephew Augustus became Emperor of Rome, he also saw a need for a month of his own. […]

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This week in history

Find out what happened on… July 11 – French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons discovered his first comet in 1801 July 11 – Japanese Kokichi Mikimoto obtained the first cultured pearl in 1893. July 12 or 13 – Roman general and statesman Julius Caesar was born in 100 B.C. July 14 – Austrian painter Gustav Klimt was […]

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