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There are many stories and myths related to the origins of Valentine's Day and only a bit of documented history.

There are many stories and myths related to the origins of Valentine’s Day and only a bit of documented history.

Valentine’s Day Origins

One such legend suggests that Valentine was the name of a priest who performed marriage ceremonies for men and women, in part to help young men avoid having to leave their loved ones behind to join Emperor Claudius II’s Roman army. In prison, it is said that he fell in love with a young women and, when put to death on February 14, left her a letter that said in closing “From your Valentine.”

You can read more about this and other legends on the History Channel’s web site, where they devote a page to the history of Valentine’s Day.

Dr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.)

is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of several books including Sex Made Easy and Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.
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