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14. Samuel, GRC, pp. 247-48; Bickerman, Chronology, pp. 74-75. 15. J. Germer-Durand, "Nouvelle exploration épigraphique de Gérasa", RB 8 (1899), p. 11, no. 8. Y. no. E. no. 23), stone blocks from Tafas, Gerasa, Soûf (see P7E. nos. A. no. Y. nos. S. no. 1). All these instances are dated between the first and mid-third century AD. G. Kenyon, The Palaeography of Greek Papyri [London 1899], p. 154) and on coins of ancient Ptolemaic possessions, but it is rare in inscriptions (Ed. T. Newell, Late Seleucid Mints in Ace-Ptolemais and Damascus [Numismatic Notes and Monographs 84, New York 1939], pp.

The re­ maining 5 days of February were annexed at the end of this intercalary month. 31 Caesar, after consulting Sosigenes of Alexandria, rejected the existing calendar and introduced a solar one of 365 days plus an extra day inserted after 24 February every four years. The 365 days were distributed among the welve months (which kept the old names) as follows: Ianuarius (31), Februarius (29 or 30), Martius (31), Aprilis (30), Maius (31), Iunius (30), Quintilis (31), Sextilis (30), September (31), Oc­ tober (30), November (31 ), December (30).

Schneider, "Das Kloster der Theotokos zu Choziba im Wadi el-Kelt", RQ 1931, pp. 317-29. Bickerman, Chronology, p. 79. 35 Chapter 3 CALENDARS The era epochs departed from the year in which the specific commemorated event had occurred, but were fixed within that very year on the basis of the local calendar. Nature and basis of calendars: Calendar is a system which determines the dura­ tion of the year and divides it into fixed periods (months, days). Three parameters are involved in devising a calendar: a) the tropical, seasonal year (a little shorter than 365 1/4 days), b) the synodic, lunar month ( a little longer than 29 1/2 days), and c) the day (a cycle of day and night = 24 hours).

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