Just Who Was Saint Valentine?

If you want to know who St Valentine was, read this fascinating post by Millie Thom!

Millie Thom

 471px-St-valentine-baptizing-st-lucilla-jacopo-bassanoValentine was a Roman priest during the reign of Emperor Claudius the Second in the third century AD. He is sometimes known as Claudius the Cruel – and is not the Emperor Claudius who was responsible for ordering the building of Hadrian’s Wall across the North of England in AD 122-130.

The story tells us that Claudius believed that married men did not make good soldiers. They worried too much about leaving wives and families behind if they were killed to be truly effective in battle. So Claudius issued an edict, prohibiting the marriage, or engagement, of young people.

Now, Roman society at this time was very permissive, and polygamy was popular. Yet some of the people were still attracted to the Christian faith. Unfortunately for them, since the Christian Church taught that marriage was sacred between one man and one woman, this posed a problem. It was obvious…

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Kookaburra sweet, you neither chirp nor tweet. Your laughter is much like mine, my cackle is much like thine. We are two sister souls, one clad in feathers, the other in clothes. ~ Irina ~ I’m a budding blogger. Poetry and photography are my newest passions, living in perfect harmony inspiring each other. I like both free verse and form poetry and am quite proud to let you know that I am the creator of a new form named ‘tercetonine’. Blog Name: Irina's Poetry Corner Blog URL: http://irinadim.com
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10 Responses to Just Who Was Saint Valentine?

  1. DG MARYOGA says:

    Good morning my good friend Irina!
    What a lovely idea to reblog Millie’s exceprional work!I have already visited her and left my comment.As far as I can see,your muse is at her best;off I go to enjoy your new posts 🙂 xxx

    • irinadim says:

      Good morning, dear Doda!
      I knew very little about St. Valentine except that he’s a patron of lovers.
      My muse has crawled from under her hiding rock, ready to rock and roll… 🙂 xxx

  2. DG MARYOGA says:

    Ha ha ha !She is such a smart muse,she occasionally has some rest and then comes back refreshed and rejuvenated,She very well knows what she does,she love herself as well.
    St Valentine’s Day is a foreign-brought celebration,a globalised and commercialised celebration,but Ancient Greeks celebrated Love in a differnet way,go back to Sappho and Plato’s Symposium and Eros the symbol of love and you will find the connections … For some Orthodox Greeks who prefer a religious day to celebrate Love,we have one on the 3rd of July, the name day of Saint Hyacinth ( Hyacinth is a flower as well) and also one on the 13th of Feb, the name day of Saint Akyllas and Priskilla. who protect Orthodox couples and lovers.It’s nice that we exchange so many and different things.Besides,anything different is interesting.Isn’t it? 🙂 xxx

    • irinadim says:

      I haven’t even noticed the typo…
      Thanks for filling me in on Greek traditions. I was 10 when the communists took over and as you know they’re not very fond of saints…As far as the Ancient Greeks are concerned I know that Eros is a God of love and desire, known also as Cupid by the Romans. Yes, it is interesting to learn about different traditions. 🙂 xxx

  3. DG MARYOGA says:

    Sorry for my typo … She loves herself,I ate the s although I am not hungry lol,just tired and feel sleepy 😦

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