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With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I thought I'd do a little research on the history of the date. Did you know that associations between February 14th and romance-related concepts date all the way back to ancient Greece and Rome?

Historically, in ancient Rome February 14th was the festival of Lupercalia, a day devoted to both fertility and driving off evil spirits. Lupercalia was named for the wolf Lupa who, according to legend, raised the orphaned twins Romulus and Remus, who later founded Rome. While many scholars believe the festival predated Rome itself, its past origins are unclear.

In ancient Greece, mid-February marked the end of Gamelion, the month dedicated to the marriage of Zeus and Hera, the king and queen of the Greek gods.

As for St Valentine himself, well, there were three St. Valentines - one of Rome, one of Terni, and one of Africa. As far as scholars can tell, none were originally associated with anything romantic. But by 1382, the day of St. Valentine (both he of Rome and he of Terni, whose stories merged over time) had become sufficiently entwined with mating and marriage for Chaucer to write in a poem honoring the engagement of King Richard II to Anne of Bohemia:

For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.
("For this was Saint Valentine's Day
When every bird comes there to choose his mate.")

And from there, the rest was history. To help you celebrate Valentine's today, these are some of my favorite 'Love is' for you to clip and enjoy or share!

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  Love is friendship caught on fire. ~Anon

Happiness is to love and be loved. ~Anon

Love is not blind - it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less. ~Rabbi Julius Gordon

If music be the food of love - play on. ~Shakespeare

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look that becomes a habit. ~Peter Ustinov

Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other. ~Euripides

Love is not finding someone to live with - it's finding someone you can't live without. ~Rafael Ortiz

Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get - only what you are expecting to give. ~Katherine Hepburn

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination. ~Voltaire

Love is infallible; it has no errors for all errors are the want of love. ~William Law

You may conquer with the sword, but you are conquered by the kiss. ~Daniel Heinsius

Love is like a violin; the music may stop now and then, but the strings remain forever. ~June Masters Bacher

It is never too late to fall in love. ~Sandy Wilson

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