« A.U.C. 704 = 50 B.C. »

Dio Cassius 40.62 tells us explicitly that no intercalation occurred in this year. Hence A.U.C. 704 was 355 days long. Since the Julian dates of A.U.C. 705 = 49 are known, this result fixes the Julian dates of A.U.C. 704 = 50.

Cicero, Ad Atticum 6.1.1, uses the date a.d. V Terminalia in this year. It is argued here that this form of dating indicates a candidate intercalary year, whether or not an intercalation actually occurred. Under the reconstruction of the Lex Acilia proposed here, this year was a candidate intercalary year since the preceding year, A.U.C. 703 = 51, was regular. Cicero, Ad. Atticum 5.9.2, had recognised the previous Iunius that this year was a candidate intercalary year, and also that intercalation was not mandatory in it.

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