Translating dates of the year to Latin

By anth, in 'Latin Numbers and Dates', Apr 15, 2008.

  1. anth New Member

    hello everyone, sorry to be a pain but is there anyway of translating or converting a date to a latin style?

    the date in question would be the 14th july 2007

    many thanks
  2. QMF Civis Illustris

    • Civis Illustris
    Virginia, US
    There is a wonderful summary of the Roman date system in a quote that I have found by someone who used to post here quite frequently named Andy:
    I hope this helps. It gives most of the pertinent information that you might use to calculate dates, albeit some of the references (e.g. what each month is in Latin) is not actually there. July is Quintilis, making its Nones the 7th and hence its Ides the 15th. That makes July 14th:
    pridie Id. Quint.
    Adding in the year in question makes it:
    pridie Id. Quint. MMDCCLX a.u.c.

    Some of this data may not be quite correct (Andy's rulings on what months correspond to what Nones dates doesn't make a whole lot of logical sense), so wait for someone to check this.
  3. Iynx Consularis

    • Consularis
    "In March, July, October, May,
    The Ides are on the fifteenth day,
    The Nones the seventh; all besides
    Have two days sooner Nones and Ides".

    "To obtain the year AD,
    Subtract 753;
    But for a year before Our Lord,
    Reckon 754".


    I think that "Jul" would be more conventional than "Quint" for a post-Julian date-- though as I'm not fond of military dictatorships, I'm all for using the older form.
  4. scrabulista Consul

    • Consul
    Re: Translating Dates


    Replace tertio with quarto, and MCMLXX with MMVII to get July 14, 2007. Of course if you like the A.U.C. date then
    QMF's suggestion (or Iynx's) is fine.

    Yeah, I know it's way too late.
    Last edited by scrabulista, Feb 21, 2015
  5. emiloo New Member

    hi there,

    im looking to get a tattoo in memory of my dad who recently passed and i was wondering if anyone can help me to get the dates:


    "24 april"

    I am in australia so our day comes first and month second :) any suggestion welcome im just looking for something nice.

  6. Imber Ranae Ranunculus Iracundus

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    That would be ante diem octavum Kalendas Maias anno Domini MCMLVI (abbreviated: a.d. viii Kal. Mai. MCMLVI) according to traditional Roman reckoning, literally "the eighth day before the Kalends [i.e. the 1st] of May in the year of the Lord 1956". It actually means the seventh day before May, but the Romans counted inclusively with May 1st standing for the first day.

    In modern reckoning I suppose it would be die xxiv [mensis] Aprilis...etc. or fully spelled out as die vicesima quarta mensis Aprilis...etc. "the 24th/twenty-fourth day of [the month of] April". You can also omit Domini "of the Lord" if you'd rather avoid any religious connotations.

    That's clear enough when the first number is greater than 12.
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  7. emiloo New Member

    thankyou for replying, just curious what is the significance of mensis??
    also do you happen to know what "mentor" would translate to if anything??
  8. Cinefactus Censor

    • Censor
    litore aureo
    of the month
  9. scrabulista Consul

    • Consul
    I do not believe there is any linguistic connection between Mentor and mensis.
  10. Iohannes Aurum Technicus Auxiliarius

    • Technicus Auxiliarius
    emiloo probably confused mensis with mentis (of which mentor is related to the latter, but definitely not the former)
  11. Imber Ranae Ranunculus Iracundus

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    I'm not sure that the Greek name Μέντωρ is related to either the Latin word mens (stem ment-) or mensis. It very well could be from the same Indo-European root as the former, but it would need looking into.

    The Latin words mensis "month" and messor "reaper" are related, however, both being derived from a root whose basic meaning was "measure".
  12. Iohannes Aurum Technicus Auxiliarius

    • Technicus Auxiliarius
    Read here: regarding the etymology of "mentor."
  13. Imber Ranae Ranunculus Iracundus

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  14. Iohannes Aurum Technicus Auxiliarius

    • Technicus Auxiliarius
    I have added a redirect in the English to Latin translation forum.
  15. Imber Ranae Ranunculus Iracundus

    • Civis Illustris
    Did you delete that guy's thread?
  16. Iohannes Aurum Technicus Auxiliarius

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  17. Fred2016 New Member

    How would September 12, 2004 be translated?

    I know that 2004 would have been irrelevant to the Roman's since they didn't count the years from the birth of Christ.

    Is this about right? Thank you!!!

  18. Imber Ranae Ranunculus Iracundus

    • Civis Illustris
    Ah. Maybe he found this thread and decided his request was superfluous and deleted it himself.
  19. Iohannes Aurum Technicus Auxiliarius

    • Technicus Auxiliarius
    Merged threads
  20. Imber Ranae Ranunculus Iracundus

    • Civis Illustris
    Yes, but Idus, not IdVs. You could use ab urbe condita (a.d. 2004 = a.u.c. 2757) and the proper abbreviations to make it look more authentically like a Roman inscription: PR·ID·SEP·A·V·C·MMDCCLVII
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