Found this on Quora by guy named Ratnakar Sabasyula
“The original Roman Calendar had only 10 months and the first month was March (Martius) named after the God of War, Mars. It was generally the month where farming and military campaigns would begin, after a lull.
April was from a Latin word Aperire meaning to open as it was believed the blooming of the flowers, fruits happened around this time.
May was named after Maia, the Roman Goddess of Growth and it was a generally considered the time for pleasure. June was believed to have been named after Juno and was also called Iunius.
July and August were named after the emperors Julius Caeasar and Augustus Caeasar, and they originally were the 5th and 6th months in the calendar.
And that effectively meant month September, October, November, December were originally the 7th, 8th,9th and 10th month of the Roman Calendar
@Sterling M Archer, When the Roman Calendar was reformed later, and January, February added, these effectively became the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th months of the year, but the names still stuck”
@Sterling M Archer, Close but the god of war was named Kratos.
Honestly that’s interesting. Thanks for the insight.
@MrTuxPenguin, kratos is the god of strength. Mars is war
And kratos is Greek as well not Roman
@MrTuxPenguin, As troubled panda said, Kratos is not either of the two Roman gods of war, those being Mars (The “warrior” aspect of war) and Minerva (The “tactician” aspect of war). He is also not either of the Greek counterparts, those being Ares and Athena.
Also for the record, Kratos is the son of Pallas and Styx, not Zeus and Callisto. He was also not the main god associated Spartans, those would have been Ares and Artemis Orthia (Not to be confused with THE Artemis). The video game series “God of War” is ludicrously innacurate to the “real” Graeco-Roman mythology
@Sterling M Archer, Worth noting that the months of January and February were added well before the calendar was reformed, and were placed AFTER December, keeping the numbering accurate. January and February got moved in to the beginning of the year later when the Republic adopted an official calendar several hundred years later. It’s also worth mentioning that several of the months (such as August) didn’t receive their name until after the Republic calendar was added, so there were actually more than just four months that were misnumbered for a good while.
@Kierkegaard, fairly sure he meant that as a joke. Pretty much everyone who went to school learned about Greek mythology
@Sterling M Archer, also those who read Rick Riordan books
@Sterling M Archer, I guess I didn’t go far enough to make it apparent it was a joke.
@Sterling M Archer, pretty strange how we get our monthly names from The romans but daily names from the Vikings
They were this close to greatness
@megamanx181x, they were. And it was all taken away from them