The Calendar

By David Ewing Duncan, abridged by Katrin Williams, read by Derek Jacobi.

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19980820

Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor, incorporated the Anno Domini system of dating (4/5).

19980821

The Calendar was finally fixed by Pope Gregory XIII - at least in staunchly Catholic countries (5/5).

Time And What It Means19980817

`Time and What It Means'.

A Stone Age astronomer in the Dordogne Valley, and why we are celebrating the millennium on the wrong date (1/5).

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Stonehenge, and how Caesar was smitten by Cleopatra and formed the 365-day year.

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The Emperor Constantine introduces Sunday as the day of rest (3/5).

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By David Ewing Duncan, read by Derek Jacobi, abridged in five parts by Katrin Williams.

The calendar is finally fixed by Pope Gregory XIII - in staunchly Catholic countries, at least.

But it causes the loss of ten days in October 1582.

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By David Ewing Duncan, read by Derek Jacobi, abridged in five parts by Katrin Williams.

1: `Time and What It Means'.

A Stone Age astronomer 13,000 years ago in the Dordogne Valley, and why we are celebrating the millennium on the wrong date.

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By David Ewing Duncan, read by Derek Jacobi, abridged in five parts by Katrin Williams.

2: Stonehenge, and how Caesar was smitten by Cleopatra and formed the 365-day year.

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By David Ewing Duncan, read by Derek Jacobi, abridged in five parts by Katrin Williams.

3: The Emperor Constantine introduces Sunday as the day of rest.

And the Venerable Bede, with the aid of a sundial, discovers that the 365-day year is not entirely accurate.

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By David Ewing Duncan, read by Derek Jacobi, abridged in five parts by Katrin Williams.

4: Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor, incorporates the Anno Domini system of dating and indulges in his fascination with timepieces.