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Age of Antiquity » 100 AD/CE » 79 AD/CE

Emperor Titus

When: 79 - 81 AD/CE
Where: Rome, Roman Empire, Europe

In 69 A.D. Titus, the son of then Emperor Vespasianus, was charged with overtaking Judaea. One year later, Jerusalem was under control of Rome, its inhabitants made into slaves, its Temple destroyed.

In 79 A.D. Titus succeeded his father as Emperor of Rome. Titus took charge when disaster relief was needed, in the wake of Mount Vesuvius' eruption. Titus is also known for the extravagent events which were held to celebrate the inauguration of the Colosseum.

In addition to being kind, sharing, and thus popular with the people, Titus had an effective relationship with the Senate.

Titus died in 80 A.D. .. some suspect his brother, Domitan, with poisoning him.

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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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