Sunday, February 6, 2011
March 1, This day was the feast of Juno Lucina, the goddess of childbirth. 752 BC Romulus, first king of Rome, celebrated the first Roman triumph after his victory over the Caeninenses, following The Rape of the Sabine Women. 86 BC Lucius Cornelius Sulla, at the head of a Roman Republic army, entered Athens, removing the tyrant Aristion who was supported by troops of Mithridates VI of Pontus. 286 AD Roman Emperor Diocletian raised Maximian to the rank of Caesar. 293 Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian appointed Constantius Chlorus and Galerius as Caesares, thus beginning the Tetrarchy. 317 Crispus and Constantine II, sons of Roman Emperor Constantine I, and Licinius Iunior, son of Emperor Licinius, are made Caesares. 499 Symmachus held a Synod at Rome. This synod decided that any Roman cleric who engaged in electioneering for a pope's possible successor during the lifetime of the pope would be deposed. 707 John VII was elected Pope. Noted for his devotion to the Virgin Mary, John beautified and restored several churches during his short papacy.