Happy Kalends of Junius to you! June takes its name from the Roman goddess Juno. Or, alternately, it comes from the word iuniores, meaning “youths,” in contrast to the preceding month of Maius (May), whose name comes from maiores, meaning “elders.”
ROMAN DEBAUCHERY FUN FACTS (EXTRA):
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS ROMULUS AUGUSTUS?
Fortunately, where history fails us, popular entertainment is always ready to fill in the gaps! There have been a number of attempts to tie Romulus in with Arthurian legend, if only marginally in some cases. The Marvel Comics villain Tyrannus, first appearing in The Incredible Hulk #5 in 1963, was a Roman sorcerer/scientist originally sporting the name “Romulus Augustulus” who tried to conquer Britain and was defeated and exiled by Merlin, although his connection with the historical Romulus only goes as far as the name.
The 2007 film The Last Legion (adapted from Valerio Massimo Manfredi’s 2002 novel of the same name) goes further. In similar fashion to 2004’s King Arthur, which mashes up late Roman history with the Knights of the Round Table with decidedly mixed results, The Last Legion proposes that Romulus fled to Britain after being deposed to become Uther Pendragon, father of King Arthur, also with decidedly mixed results. (Interesting note: Romulus’s look in Amiculus is actually based on actor Thomas Sangster, who portrayed Romulus in The Last Legion.)
More to come…