February 11th, 2010



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Valentine's Day History: Roman Roots

From National
Geographic News
by John Roach

for National Geographic News

Where did Valentine's Day come from? (Think naked Romans, paganism, and whips.)

More than a Hallmark holiday, Valentine's Day, like Halloween, is
rooted in pagan partying.

The lovers' holiday traces its roots to raucous annual Roman festivals
where men stripped naked, grabbed goat- or dog-skin whips, and spanked
young maidens in hopes of increasing their fertility, said classics
professor Noel Lenski of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The annual pagan celebration, called Lupercalia, was held every year
on February 15 and remained wildly popular well into the fifth century
A.D.—at least 150 years after Constantine made Christianity the
official religion of the Roman Empire.

"It is clearly a very popular thing, even in an environment where the
[ancient] Christians are trying to close it down," Lenski said. "So
there's reason to think that the Christians might instead have said,
OK, we'll just call this a Christian festival."

The church pegged the festival to the legend of St. Valentine.

According to the story, in the third century A.D. Roman Emperor
Claudius II, seeking to bolster his army, forbade young men to marry.
Valentine, it is said, flouted the ban, performing marriages in

For his defiance, Valentine was executed in A.D. 270—on February 14,
the story goes.

While it's not known whether the legend is true, Lenski said, "it may
be a convenient explanation for a Christian version of what happened
at Lupercalia."

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“A capsule summary of most human ‘progress’: By the time you learn
how, it's too late.”
-- Robert Heinlein, Time Enough For Love
complaining, Huffer

Week in Review – 2010 January 31st to February 6th

Last week I had an early work schedule, and so even though work itself
was sucky, the rest of my week was great. I got to spend time with my
girlfriends while they were actually awake, and was able to get onto
the MUX while people were still logged on. One of the weekday derby
practices was cancelled, but the other one was very cool, even if I
personally sucked. I got to spend an entire weekend with Stephaniebcl
for the first time, which was a birthday celebration for her and a
great time for me.

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“What I'm hearing which is sort of scary is that they all want to stay
in Texas. Everybody is so overwhelmed by the hospitality. And so many
of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway
so this (chuckle) -- this is working very well for them.”
--- Barbara Bush, referring to the poor who had lost everything in the
Gulf Coast during Katrina and evacuated