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Cupid, aka Eros, has long history.

In honor of Valentine’s Day yesterday, I decided to dig a little deeper into the history of Cupid. I am thinking this week will be now devoted to gods and goddesses. I love mythology, so I am pretty excited about the topic!

English: Amor stringing his bow, Roman copy af...

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Today, we know Cupid as a little chubby, winged boyish figure. However, Cupid has been much more than the little dude we now know. In the Roman era, his name was indeed Cupid, but he also was known previously as Eros to the Greeks.

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Valentine’s Day — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts.

As we embark upon today’s Valentine’s Day, I wanted to do a little historical research. My Valentines are ages 8 and 13, my sons. I wanted to give them not only cards and candy, but a little history on the holiday as well. I can nearly hear the grumbled “gee, thanks mom and oh, how interesting (in full sarcastic praise)” as I type. Yes, boys, you are welcome.

Buster Brown Valentine postcard by Richard Fel...

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Who is St. Valentine anyway? There are at least three martyred saints recognized by the Catholic Church, the names ranging from Valentine to Valentinus. The actual origin of St. Valentine seems to remain mystery. However, nearly all accounts of this historical mystery figure peg him as a hero and a romantic. Valentine’s death has been narrowed down to have occurred near A.D. 270.

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