The Fasti of Aufleur

‘Fasti’ is Latin for ‘days,’ but also for a particular type of calendar which told the Ancient Romans which festivals were held on which days. This was particularly vital in Ancient Rome, because they had such a convoluted festival calendar that it was very hard to keep track of them all!

For Aufleur and the novels of the Creature Court, I created my own Fasti based strongly on the Ancient Roman system. Where possible, I tried to simplify it or to make the system work better (the complicated calendar was altered several times, once notably by Julius Caesar in an attempt to stop having spring festivals in the middle of winter, and so on).

The Aufleur calendar, or ‘Fasti’, has three named days — the Kalends (first of the month), the Nones (nine days before the Ides) and the Ides (full moon — which falls more or less in the middle of the month). Generally people only refer to days in relation to these, for example it was four days after the Ides, it was two days before the Kalends.

The day after each Kalends, Nones and Ides is ‘nefas’ — unlucky.

‘Market-nines’ refers to the market-day that happens every nine days in the city, but falls on different days each year, and thus is not part of the permanent calendar.

Months of the Year

Venturis (winter)
Lupercal (winter)
Martial (spring)
Aphrodal (spring)
Floralis (spring)
Lucina (summer)
Felicitas (summer)
Cerialis (summer)
Ludi (autumn)
Bestialis (autumn)
Fortuna (autumn)
Saturnali (winter)

[more detailed calendar of festivals to be added soon]

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