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First Battle Between Romans German Barbarians
Northern German tribes invaded the southern and western lands, then on the edge of Roman Empire. After this initial victory, the Cimbri and Teutons defeated a Roman consul at Noreia. Some of the land was settled by the Germans, most moved westward.
Twelve years later, the Romans had at last surmised enough strength to defeat the barbarians. Marius was emperor at the time.
During this period the Romans had no desire to extend the empire past the Rhine; as a result, the next major battle between the Romans and German barbarians was not until 58 BC.
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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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