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1883 Excerpt: ...up a difficulty which the order of the
astronomical tables of the East has presented to the minds of some
in other respects most illustrious men. In the calendar of the
Romans the days were either festi or profesti, --holidays or
working days, as there were among the Greeks festival days and
working days (eoprdajuuoi, dpdarpioi); and Casaubon13 shows from
Strabo that this division prevailed in nations of the most remote
antiquity. Those were called festi, (holidays or festival days, )
which were consecrated to the worship of the gods (sacris agendis,
) while all other days were called profesti, i.e., working or
ordinary days. These working days were again divided into dies
fasti, nefasti, and endotercisi, days on which the courts were open
or shut, and half-holidays. The dies fasti were days on which it
was allowed to hold courts of law or public assemblies, while on
the other hand a day on which this was not allowed was called dies
nefastus. Endotercisus, (intercisus, ) was a day on which
law-courts were open at some hours but not at others. Of this kind
was the day called by the Romans "Nefastus primo" i.e., a day
during the first half only of which it was not lawful for the
courts to be open and assemblies to be held. Lastly, in the
kalendar of the Romans there were some letters marked which were
called Nundinales, which meant days of the NundincB,
(market-days,14) on which, coming round as they did every 12
Macrob. ib. and V. Henric. Leo-13 De Satyr. Poesi, 1. i. c. 2.
nard. Schurzfleisch. de Anno Roman. H Vide Kalend. Vet. Roman,
edit. ninth day, the country people came into the city for buying
or selling or for law business. This, then, was the order of the
dies fasti among the heathen, while besides these there were
certain special days on whic...
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