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Dark Ages » 500 AD/CE » 534 AD/CE

Africa is Restored to the Roman Empire

When: 534 AD/CE
Where: Carthage, Roman Empire, Africa

Before Gaiseric's rule, the Vandals had been regarded as a weak race. During his rule, not only did they take over the north Africa territory, but they successfully sacked Rome.

After Gaiserics death in 477, the Vandals lost much of their organization and drive for victory, and began to weaken. In 534 AD the Roman army, under the guidance of general Belisarius, conquered the Vandals in a single campaign. By this time, much the race called the "Vandals" had faded into the framework of the Roman society, and the simply disappeared.

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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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