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Heloise and Abelard – Middle Ages in Europe

By |2017-09-05T02:42:54+00:00September 5th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|

Heloise and Abelard The story of Peter Abelard and his wife Heloise is one of the saddest love stories of Western history. Abelard, who was born in 1079 AD, came to Paris as a young man and taught classes at the new Christian church school there. (This was just a few years after the Norman Conquest). Abelard [...]

Who was the Roman goddess Venus? Roman religion

By |2017-09-04T16:45:03+00:00September 4th, 2017|Religion, Romans|

Venus rising out of the ocean, from Tunisia in North Africa (300s AD) The goddess Venus was the goddess of growing things, gardens, love and fertility for the Romans. People sacrificed to her when they wanted to have babies, or to make somebody fall in love with them. People thought of Venus as watery and [...]

Sulpicia – Roman poetry – ancient Rome

By |2017-09-04T08:02:56+00:00September 4th, 2017|Literature, Romans|

A woman from Roman Egypt, holding a notebook and a pen Sulpicia is one of very few Roman women whose poetry managed to last through the ages so we can read it. She lived in Rome in the time of the Roman emperor Augustus, around the same time as Ovid, maybe around 20 BC or so. Sulpicia wrote poetry [...]

Love stories and the history of love

By |2017-08-16T11:56:26+00:00August 16th, 2017|People|

Hades and Persephone in the underworld People have been falling in love for hundreds of thousands of years, since they were monkeys and not really even people yet. And they have been telling stories about famous lovers for probably almost that long. Our earliest love stories go back to about 2500 BC, when [...]

Who is Aphrodite? Greek goddess

By |2018-04-23T09:48:09+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Birth of the goddess Aphrodite (from Pompeii, about 50 AD) The goddess of love Aphrodite (a-fro-DIE-tee) was the Greek goddess of love. Naturally she was always falling in love with somebody. Or somebody was falling in love with her. Aphrodite is one of the oldest goddesses, the daughter of Ouranos. In some stories, [...]

Plato and love – A story Plato told

By |2018-04-23T09:44:15+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|

  Marriage bed (Louvre, Hellenistic period) Plato also suggested a theory about why people fall in love. He has his character Aristophanes tell a story about love. Once upon a time, says Aristophanes, everybody had four legs and four arms, and one head with two faces looking opposite directions, and they were whole [...]