The Roman month of September is named for septem, because it was originally the seventh month of the Roman solar year September was sacred to Vulcan (Vvlcan), Roman God of fire.
The earliest Roman months were lunar. According to Roman mythology, the ten month solar calendar aligned to the vernal equinox was introduced by Romulus, the founder of Rome, around 753 BCE. In Romulus calendar, September (the seventh month) had 30 days. Numa Pompilius, the second of the seven traditional kings of Rome, added two more months, for a 12 month year. In Numas calendar, September had 29 days. Gaius Julius Caesar, as Pontifex Maximus (supreme bridge-builder, a religious title), reorganized the calendar on the first day of 45 BCE. In Caesars calendar (the Julian Calendar), September had 30 days. Caesars calendar was calculated by Sosigenes, an Egyptian astrologer/astronomer. In 8 BCE, Augustus Caesar fixed errors by pontiffs after Julius death and made other minor modifications, resulting in the modern Western calendar. The modern Gregorian Calendar, named for Roman Catholic Pope Gregory the Thirteenth, was a realignment in 1582.
The Anglo-Saxons called September the Haleg-monath (or holy month).
Meaning of name: From Latin Septem, seven. The seventh month of the Roman calendar. SOURCE: Anniversaries and Holidays by Ruth Gregory
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