March isn\u2019t what it used to be. Oh, sure, it\u2019s the only month with a command \u2014 March 4th \u2014 and yes, it was named for a commanding god. But March used to be Number One.Early calendar designers in the Northern Hemisphere were logical. March is the month of spring\u2019s arrival \u2014 even though it doesn\u2019t look like it today \u2014 the time when life returns to the earth. It\u2019s a reasonable place to begin a new year. So the Romans made March the first month. So did the Saxons, who called it Lenet Monat, or length month, referring to the longer days. Even until 1752, the British considered March 26 the beginning of the legal year.Since the month was so important, the Romans named it after a leading deity, Mars, their god of war. The Romans were, after all, a militaristic nation, conquerors of much of Europe.Alas, the reshuffled modern-day calendar gives us a leading month, in the dead of winter, that\u2019s named for Janus, the god of doors. Yes, doors.Let\u2019s face it: The whole year isn\u2019t what it used to be.\u2014J.S.