the 9th of October, in the year 5 BC
Wednesday, the 11th of October, in the year 5 BC
This was a normal year in the Julian Calendar. In Latin the date would have been:
dies Mercurii xi October 5 BC
If Pontius Pilate, however, had been recording the date of Jesus' birth, or perhaps the friendlier Procula (Procla), Pilate's wife, how would she have recorded it? Well this is the way Procula would have written the date in abbreviated form:
dies Mercurii a.d. V Id. Oct. DCCXLIX a.u.c.
In long form that would have been:
dies Mercurii ante diem V Idus October
DCCXLIX ab urbe condita
Lets translate Procula's Latin into more familiar English:
Mercury's Day (Wednesday), the Fifth Day to the Ides of October
Year 749 Since the Foundation of the City (Rome)
A child was born today on the day of Meditrinalia. Everyone is happy with this child, and they even call him the son of god!
But I know who this child is. He is the god Jupiter, the god of laughter, of abundance, but also the god of wisdom. Blessed are those who listen to him!