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What months were named after emperors Augustus and Julius Caesar?

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August 19, 2009 10:49AM

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July ("Julius" in Latin) was named in honor of Julius Caesar after his death, since Julius is the one who created the modern calendar (and his birthday was in July). August (originally "Augustus") was named in honor of Augustus later, after he fixed the leap-year rule (which had been misinterpreted as every three years after Julius's death). Despite often-repeated stories to the contrary, neither name change had a length change with it - the month lengths have always had the same irregularities that they have today.