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date: 08 December 2022



  • Alexander Hugh McDonald
  •  and Simon Price


Strictly speaking, fasti were the days on which certain legal acts by the urban praetor (the legis actio) could take place, but the word came to mean the listing of days, fasti, nefasti (the opposite) and comitiales, when assemblies might take place; its definitive publication by Cn. *Flavius in 304 bce must have been preceded by gradual development since the 5th cent. Vulgarly, dies nefasti came to be thought of as ill-omened days. We know of the sacral calendars of M. *Fulvius Nobilior (consul 189 bce) and *Verrius Flaccus (at *Praeneste), and have fragments of the pre-Julian calendar of *Antium (84–55 bce) and twenty calendars mainly of the Augustan and Tiberian periods; also two ‘rustic’ almanacs, and in book form the calendar of ce 354 and the calendar of Polemius Silvius (ce 448–9). The Fasti of Hydatius (covering 510 bce–ce 478) and the *Chronicon Paschale (7th cent.


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