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Age of Antiquity » 100 AD/CE » 9 AD/CE

Defeat of Varus

When: 9 AD/CE
Where: Rome, Roman Empire, Europe

Before this battle, the Germans were impressed with the power and wealth of Rome, and lived peacefully beyond the borders of the empire.

In 9 AD, Varus introduced the Roman methods of taxation and government to many of the German settlements - and they revolted. In a sudden attach, Arminius and an army of barbarians defeated three of Varus' legions. Varus himself was so taken by the loss of his soldiers that he committed suicide.

As a result, Emperor Augustus advised leaders not to advance to extend the Roman terrirory. As a result the Rhine/Coblenz was again the accepted border between the Germans and Romans.

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The Origin of Valentine's Day?

Valentines day dates back to Roman times, when a holiday called The Feast of Lubercus was celebrated to protect shepherds and their flocks from wolves. During this time of year, goddess Juno Februata was honored by pairing boys and girls and denoting them 'partners' for a year.

Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day around 497 AD, in an effort to replace pagan holidays with Christian tradition. Although the pairing ritual was banished, romance remains the distinctive attribute of this holiday.

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