• A Historian's Reflections on Love and the Eternal

    by Walter G. Moss

    Keeping the past, including past writings and thinking alive, is one of the great services that historians perform – including preserving the practices and professions of love. 

  • Anyone for Existential Torment this Valentine's Day?

    by Barbara H. Rosenwein

    From ancient Greece to the Romantic period, philosophers and artists have endorsed an idea of love that was closer to torture than to the anodyne sentiments of contemporary Valentines. 

  • The ‘real’ St. Valentine was no patron of love

    by Lisa Bitel

    Many scholars have deconstructed Valentine and his day in books, articles and blog postings. Some suggest that the modern holiday is a Christian cover-up of the more ancient Roman celebration of Lupercalia in mid-February.