some guy named Larry (lnhammer) wrote,
some guy named Larry
lnhammer

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"At 4 am on 80-East / it's in the nature of the beast / to wonder if there's something missing"

Knowing that January is named for Janus and March is for Mars, I'd always assumed that June was for Juno and May (though I couldn't see why) for Maia. But of the possible etymologies that Ovid proposes in Fasti, which is what I'm really reading right now rather than that sparkly idealistic lovey-dovey stuff, the theory he ultimately supports (and which these translators think is probably correct) is May and June are from maiores ("elders", "seniors") and juventes ("young men", "juniors").

I am now trying to keep my brain from thinking of them as the senpai and kouhai months.

Edited to fix link -- sorry 'bout that.

---L.
Tags: latin, myth
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