« A.U.C. 501 = 253 B.C. »

Polybius 1.39.1 notes that the consuls for this year, Cn. Servilius Caepio and C. Sempronius Blaesus, set out on a naval campaign at the beginning of summer, i.e. c. May. Their term had evidently started at least a few weeks earlier.

The following table gives the dates for Kal. Mai. in this year, for 22-26 intercalations between this year and A.U.C. 564 = 190, the most recent year whose dates are certain:

Number of Intercalations   Number of intercalated days     Kal. Mai. A.U.C. 501
     A.U.C. 501-564                                                           

              22                              484-506               22 May - 13 June 253
              23                              506-529               29 Apr. - 22 May 253    
              24                              528-552               6 - 30 Apr. 253
              25                              550-575               14 Mar. - 8 Apr. 253
              26                              572-598               19 Feb. - 18 Mar. 253

There was between 24 and 26 intercalations between this year and A.U.C. 564 = 190; most likely 24. The date ranges compatible with the data are highlighted in blue.   The preferred solution is bolded.

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