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Valentine’s Day Names: The world’s greatest lovers– beyond Romeo and Juliet

Many of the world’s great lovers in myth, legend and history have highly romantic names—or so they have come to seem as the result of their provenance. From ancient Greek mythology to Anglo-Saxon, Irish, Persian and Italian lore, we find some intriguing names that– despite the often tragic fates of their bearers—continue to celebrate the power of love.

Acme & Septimus

This pair became known via Catullus’s lovely Song 45, in which they were portrayed as the personification of ideal love and devotion. Septimus is one of the more plausible of the Latin numeral names, and a principal character in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway.

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