He was serving with a field ambulance unit part of the Royal Army Medical Corps Circa 270: St Valentine was thought to have been martyred by Roman Emperor Claudius II
ST VALENTINE'S DAY Circa 270: St Valentine was thought to have been martyred by Roman Emperor Claudius II
Dear Curious: Yes, Emperor Claudius II
felt that single men made better soldiers than married men, so he outlawed marriage.
Circa 270: St Valentine is thought to have been martyred by Roman Emperor Claudius II
He was a priest in 3rd century Rome at the time of Claudius II
According to the famous legend, during his reign Emperor Claudius II
prohibited marriage as he believed that single men are better warriors.
The Roman emperor Claudius II
had cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome because he was having a hard time getting men to join the military, and he believed married men did not make good soldiers.
Emperor Claudius II
had banned young men from marrying because he believed that single men made better soldiers than married men.
During the reign of Claudius II
the Roman Empire was in decline and needed a strong army to defend it.
For those recently scanned at Southampton, it has been possible to use 3D computer visualisation capabilities to read inscriptions and identify depictions of emperors on the faces of the coins - for example on some, the heads of Claudius II
and Tetricus I have been revealed.
No one knows for sure who St Valentine was, but the most likely theory is that Valentine was a priest during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius II
There are two Milestones 57, one by Claudius II
Gothicus (AD 268-70) and one by Gordian III (AD 249) 100m to the south-east.