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Definition by Syed Muhammad Khan

Valentine's Day

Saint Valentine’s Day, or simply Valentine’s Day, is celebrated on the 14th of February, almost internationally but primarily in western societies. It is a commemorative Christian feast for some but a secular occasion for others who see it...
Saint Valentine Kneeling in Supplication
Image by David Teniers III

Saint Valentine Kneeling in Supplication

Saint Valentine kneeling in supplication, painting by David Teniers III, 1677 CE.
Valentine's Day Postcard
Image by Library of Congress

Valentine's Day Postcard

Card showing an angel paddling in a small boat called "Hearts Delight", 1890 CE. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.
Eros and Psyche: A Valentine’s Story | Mythology w/ Dael Kingsmill
Video by Geek & Sundry Vlogs

Eros and Psyche: A Valentine’s Story | Mythology w/ Dael Kingsmill

Dael tries not to be cynical about Valentine’s Day this year, instead telling the grand love story of Eros and Psyche. Featuring the Greek version of Cupid, accidents involving magical arrows, and an impressive amount of non-human things...
The History of Valentines Day: From the Lupercalia to Cupid
Video by Ancient History Encyclopedia

The History of Valentines Day: From the Lupercalia to Cupid

Before chocolates, roses and letters from your valentine were given on Valentines Day, there was the Ancient Roman Festival of the Lupercalia in honour of both the agricultural god Luperca and the she-wolf who sucked Romulus and Remus, Lupus...
Cupid Riding A Dolphin
Image by Erasmus Quellinus II

Cupid Riding A Dolphin

Cupid on a Dolphin, painting by Erasmus Quellinus II, 1630 CE. Museo del Prado, Madrid.
Lupercalia in Ancient Rome
Image by Circle of Adam Elsheimer

Lupercalia in Ancient Rome

The Lupercalian festival in Rome: Cupid and Personifications of Fertility encounter the Luperci dressed as dogs and goats, a pen and ink drawing by the Circle of Adam Elsheimer (1578–1610 CE).
Wounded Knee Massacre
Definition by Joshua J. Mark

Wounded Knee Massacre

The Wounded Knee Massacre of 29 December 1890 was the slaughter of over 250 Native Americans, mostly of the Miniconjou people of the Lakota Sioux nation, by the US military at Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota. Although the US government defined...
Eros-Cupid and Psyche, the Greek and Roman Gods of Love and the Soul
Video by Kelly Macquire

Eros-Cupid and Psyche, the Greek and Roman Gods of Love and the Soul

Eros in Greek mythology, known as Cupid in Rome, is the god of love but more specifically, the god of physical and passionate desire. He is often referred to as a son and attendant of Aphrodite (Venus), the goddess of love and beauty, and...
Geoffrey Chaucer
Definition by Joshua J. Mark

Geoffrey Chaucer

Geoffrey Chaucer (l. c. 1343-1400 CE) was a medieval English poet, writer, and philosopher best known for his work The Canterbury Tales, a masterpiece of world literature. The Canterbury Tales is a work of poetry featuring a group of pilgrims...
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