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Age of Antiquity » 400 AD/CE » 455 AD/CE

Vandals Attack Rome

When: 455 AD/CE
Where: Rome, Roman Empire, Europe

The Vandals had become known pirates in the Mediterranean, raiding many areas near the shores. In 455 AD they targeted the city of Rome. The empress at the time, Eudocia, had invited them, after the murder of her husband, Valentinian III. She had been forced to marry his successor, Maximus, and was out for revenge.

Pope Leo met with Gaiseric outside the city gates, and persuaded him to have mercy on the people of Rome. The Vandals then proceeded to sack Rome for 14 days, taking all the art and treasure they could find. Per Leo's request, there was no murder, arsen, or torture.

Gaiseric was a formidable ruler, as shown by the conquests of the Vandals. After his death in 477 AD, the forces weakened, and they were conquered in a single campaign by the 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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