Yesterday, one of my Online Latin classes reached chapter 13 of Lingua Latina.
In chapter 13, Hans Ørberg introduces students to the Roman dating system. The dating system has nothing to do with romance, match.com, or eharmony.com. I am referring to the calendar.
When we want to mention something that happened on February 18, we will say that it happened on February 18.
But… not the Romans. Oh no. They had an entirely different, incredibly complicated way of mentioning February 18.
This video, by Latin teacher Ben Johnson, nails it. I have found no better explanation of Roman Dates.
If you are working your way through Lingua Latina, you must watch this video to understand chapter 13.
If you are working your way through any Latin text, it wouldn’t hurt to subscribe to Mr. Johnson’s You Tube channel.