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The Seven-Day Week
Appendix, The Boxer Dread: 331 B.C. to Present


With Alexander’s conquest of Babylon, the Greek world adopted the seven-day week, based on the visible planets and named for associated deities.

Babylonian: Shamash, Sin, Nergal, Nabu, Marduk, Ishtar, Ninurta

Greek: Helios, Kallisto, Ares, Hermes, Zeus, Aphrodite, Kronos

Roman: Sol, Luna, Mars, Mercurius, Jupiter, Venus, Saturnus

Nordic: Sun, Moon, Tiw, Wodin, Thor, Freya, Saturn

Modern: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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ShepApril 8, 2017 6:49 AM UTC

Dept. of nit-picking: how did the Nordics appropriate the Roman god Saturn? He doesn't seem to fit in the Nordic pantheon. Not much contact between Scandinavia and Roman Empire, was there?
responds:April 8, 2017 7:14 AM UTC

That smells tome too, but both of my sources, books on calendars and time had this listed. I will look into it, but perhaps we are counting an adopted Romano-English word as "Nordic."