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"Lupercalia, of which many write that it was anciently celebrated by shepherds, and has also some connection with the Arcadian Lycaea. At this time many of the noble youths and of the magistrates run up and down through the city naked, for sport and laughter striking those they meet with shaggy thongs. And many women of rank also purposely get in their way, and like children at school present their hands to be struck, believing that the pregnant will thus be helped in delivery, and the barren to pregnancy."
Originally posted by Ghost375
um, I'm pretty sure a lot of that isn't true. I studied Latin and Roman history for several years. I tried finding legitimate source for some of those things that seemed odd to me and couldn't find any.edit on 14-2-2013 by Ghost375 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by BlueMule
They have changed before and will change again. No blame, no guilt, no fear.
edit on 15-2-2013 by BlueMule because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by adjensen
Hate to break it to you, but the Feast of St. Valentine no longer appears on the Roman Catholic calendar -- 14 February is just another day.
The Anglican Church, Eastern Orthodox and Lutherans still celebrate it, though, so I suppose you can take it up with them.
Originally posted by DISRAELI
reply to post by Cuervo
"You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown
Which he did thrice refuse-was this ambition?"
(Mark Anthony to the Romans)