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Valentine's Day:

Postby LukeJavan8 » Sun Feb 14, 2010 1:53 pm

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On February 14 around the year 278 A.D., Valentine, a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, was executed.

Under the rule of Claudius the Cruel, Rome was involved in many unpopular and bloody campaigns. The emperor had to maintain a strong army, but was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. Claudius believed that Roman men were unwilling to join the army because of their strong attachment to their wives and families.

To get rid of the problem, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret.

When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Valentine was arrested and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. The sentence was carried out on February 14, on or about the year 270.

Legend also has it that while in jail, St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine."

For his great service, Valentine was named a saint after his death.

In truth, the exact origins and identity of St. Valentine are unclear. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, "At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under the date of 14 February." One was a priest in Rome, the second one was a bishop of Interamna (now Terni, Italy) and the third St. Valentine was a martyr in the Roman province of Africa.

Legends vary on how the martyr's name became connected with romance. The date of his death may have become mingled with the Feast of Lupercalia, a pagan festival of love. On these occasions, the names of young women were placed in a box, from which they were drawn by the men as chance directed. In 496 AD, Pope Gelasius decided to put an end to the Feast of Lupercalia, and he declared that February 14 be celebrated as St Valentine's Day.

Gradually, February 14 became a date for exchanging love messages, poems and simple gifts such as flowers.
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Postby sluggo » Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:07 pm

Much better.

More on this in Lupercalia

Incidentally, this forum isn't for GoodWord Suggestions, but for discussions of the GW of the Day, where Doc usually posts the original. But somehow, today's Valentine entry was not posted this year.

So here's the older post, with attendant commentary for those interested in the Good Doctor's description.
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:13 pm

I suppose one could say I am learning your ways.
Or one could say we just need to agree to disagree.
But conversation is important, chatty, facebook or whatever.

This Lupercalia is much like today's "Wife-swap" whether
they be reality shows or real life things. One would
assume this activity has been around for centuries, somewhat related to the "world's oldest profession", and
this day gave it license.
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Postby sluggo » Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:28 pm

No, Lupercalia involved neither spouses nor prostitutional transactions. It was simply a social event with romantical connotations that were in their time more ...fundamental (direct) than they are today. More a fertility rite, and also tying in a sort of game of chance.
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:43 pm

I guess the "sexual licence" gave me pause. I wonder
how they restrained themselves in their games.
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Postby sluggo » Sun Feb 14, 2010 4:44 pm

LukeJavan8 wrote:I guess the "sexual licence" gave me pause. I wonder
how they restrained themselves in their games.
They didn't.
That's the whole point! :shock:
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