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Age of Antiquity
The great civilizations of Egypt, Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire characterize this period. They are the sources from which the modern Western World draws the foundations of its philosophy, literature, government and more. The regions surrounding the Mediterranean Sea were ultimately forged together into the great Roman Empire, which survived until the time of the great migration of peoples (such as the Germanic and Eurasian tribes.) The last Western Roman Emperor was deposed in 476. Only the Eastern Empire, later Byzantium, survived the upheavals during the mass migrations. Mighty empires also existed in other parts of the world, however, such as those of the Mauryas in India and the Han in China.
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History Fact of the Month
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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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