Valentine's Day is now a day for sweethearts.
The speculative derivation of sentimental customs from the distant past began with 18th-century antiquariesnotably Alban Butlerthe author of Butler's Lives of Saints, and have been perpetuated even by respectable modern scholars.
This order says that according to legend, "Julia herself planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave.
To insure large numbers of soldiers for his armies, Claudius outlawed marriage for those young men. A remarkably elaborate hand-cut card made from white and pink paper, Harrison's Confessions : "I burst in with my explanations: 'The valentine I know nothing about.
Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year.