History of August: Who Is It Named After?

What’s in a name?

The name of this month wasn’t always August; previously, the Romans called it Sextilis. This was back in 753 B.C., in the days of the founding of Rome by its first king Romulus in 753 BC, when there were originally ten months (… Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec.) The Roman Senate, in 8 B.C., decided to honor their first Emperor, Augustus Caesar, by changing the name of the month to…

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Bill Petro

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Writer and technologist. Author of fascinating articles about history, tech trends, and pop culture. billpetro.com @billpetro