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Italian cameo bracelet representing the days of the week, corresponding to the planets as Roman gods: Diana as the Moon for Monday, Mars for Tuesday, Mercury for Wednesday, Jupiter for Thursday, Venus for Friday, Saturn for Saturday, and Apollo as the Sun for Sunday. Middle 19th century, Walters Art Museum

The names of the days of the seven-day week in many languages, including English, are derived from their being named after the classical planets in Hellenistic astrology, a system introduced in the Roman Empire during Late Antiquity. In other languages, the days are numbered, depending on regional tradition either beginning with Sunday or with Monday. In the international standard ISO 8601, Monday is treated as the first day of the week.


Names of the days of the week sections
Intro  Days named after planets  Numbered days of the week  Mixing of numbering and planetary names  See also  Notes  Further reading  External links  References  

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Italian cameo bracelet representing the days of the week, corresponding to the planets as Roman gods: Diana as the Moon for Monday, Mars for Tuesday, Mercury for Wednesday, Jupiter for Thursday, Venus for Friday, Saturn for Saturday, and Apollo as the Sun for Sunday. Middle 19th century, Walters Art Museum

The names of the days of the seven-day week in many languages, including English, are derived from their being named after the classical planets in Hellenistic astrology, a system introduced in the Roman Empire during Late Antiquity. In other languages, the days are numbered, depending on regional tradition either beginning with Sunday or with Monday. In the international standard ISO 8601, Monday is treated as the first day of the week.


Names of the days of the week sections
Intro  Days named after planets  Numbered days of the week  Mixing of numbering and planetary names  See also  Notes  Further reading  External links  References  

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Days named after planets
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