What does a.d.v stand for in dates? For example:

Is dies erat a. d. v. Kal. Apr. L. Pisone A. Gabinio consulibus. --De Bello Gallico 1.6

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Ante diem quintum.

That is to say, a. d. v. Kal. Apr. = ante diem quintum Kalendas Apriles = 28th of March.

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    This question explains the counting and month naming issues if anyone is confused.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Nov 25, 2023 at 17:42
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    So, would that be the fifth or the sixth day before the Kalends? Nov 25, 2023 at 17:42
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    @TylerDurden the fourth: 31 (pridie) - 30 (a. d. III.) - 29 (IV) - 28 (V). Nov 25, 2023 at 17:57

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