The Calendars of Zelosia


The closest that Peter Shields came to describing Zelosia was a country like Persia at the time of Troy, 1000 years before Alexander the Great, as if Darius the Great had conquered the lands later occupied by Rome. There is a heavy Babylonian influence which is seen in their calendars. You can think of Zelosian calendars as much like Greek or Roman, for those Empires merely inherited the Babylonian science.

What does this mean? This means that, unlike Egypt or Western Europe, Babylon did not use a star calendar tied closely to a solar annual calendar. They used a calendar of months that were tied to the moon for religious purposes and for civil purposes they used a modified monthly calendar of 30 days a month with 12 months and some extra days for major holidays. At that time, the months and the days of the weeks were named after the principal gods.

However, the marking of years was primitive beyond belief. They simply counted years based on the reign of each emperor, a common enough event in China, Greece and Rome, and many other empires that were not religious. The Jews and the Muslims both counted from the event of a major religious event. The Christians also did this.

Below you can see the main event calendar with the Zelosian years following the emperors. Beside these emperors, you can see the count of generations and on the other side, the count of years among the Hazel marking a volcanic eruption. The difference in the generations is that the Nine Nations did not count years, but generations since their war with the Clans of the Wood.

Events in Anieth

Here is a look at Zelosian months side by side with a sampling of Nine Nation months. As you will note, Zelosians began the civil year with the spring equinox, simliar to other Mid-Eastern cultures, including Rome. The Nine Nations had various annual calendars as I explain in the page about the year and months.

Zelosian Months

The days of the Zelosian week were seven. Sunday: Bellia, Monday: Laminia, Tuesday: Niton, Wenesday: Alaton, Thursday: Kaelistos, Friday: Fithi, and Saturday: Devoros. These gods had similar attributes to those of Greece, Rome, Troy, Babylon and Persia. Sunday: Osiris/Isis/Demeter/Dionysius, Monday: Lunia, Tuesday: Mars, Wednesday: Mercury/Hermes, Thursday: Jupiter/Zeus, Friday: Venus/Aphordite, Saturday: Saturn/Cronos.

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