According to an Oxford University professor, romance is not dead, although it may be nine centuries old. Laura Ashe, Associate Professor of English at Worcester College and the Faculty of English, has written about the development of romantic love in Middle Ages literature. She says many people assume love always has been the same and this isn't true at all.
Love was originally called "amor" which means "to love" or "affection". It was only later that it became associated with religious ideas of sin and guilt. Still today, when we say someone or something is loved they are often called "Amoric" or "Amotecan".
Love is thought to have originated in ancient India where it was described as a desire united with respect. The Greeks developed the idea of love as a relationship between two people, one who loves and another who is loved. They also were the first to use the word "agape" to describe unconditional love.
In Christianity, love is one of the four major theological virtues, along with faith, hope, and charity. Love is defined as an emotion that binds together three elements: affection, admiration, and need. According to Christian belief, love is what keeps the universe going and without it nothing would exist.
The oldest reference to this term in the Oxford English Dictionary is from around 85 A.D. Early quotes employ the word "love" with the same connotations as contemporary ones: familial, romantic, religious, or benevolent love.
The OED also notes that before the 15th century, "Love" was not a separate word but rather part of many other terms such as "alderman," "abbot," and "elder." It is only when used by itself that it takes on its modern meaning.
Early uses of the term include "loves me not," which appears in 1180, and "love us to God," which appears in 1322. The first use of the term "love story" is from 1941.
During the Middle Ages, the meaning of the word changed drastically. No longer did it have any connection to romance or sex; instead, it became an emotional attachment that could be between two people or even toward a cause.
These readings often included scenes describing the passions of love, thereby giving the word new meanings that later evolved into its present day usage.
However, the concept of romantic love as a driving factor in marriage dates back only to the Middle Ages. Naturally, many academics believe the French "created" the notion. Its model was the knight who fell madly in love with someone else's wife, such as Sir Lancelot and King Arthur's wife, Queen Guinevere. Through these stories, writers such as Chaucer and Shakespeare introduced the idea of true love. They believed that if two people were truly in love with one another, they would do anything for each other.
Until the 16th century, the majority of marriages were political alliances designed to strengthen families or kingdoms. The idea of romantic love as we know it today didn't emerge until later generations began writing about their experiences. By the 18th century, authors such as Samuel Richardson and Daniel Defoe were introducing readers to characters such as Clarissa Harlowe and Mr. Belmont who were using their feelings to decide what kind of person they should marry.
Through literature, people started to see romance as something beautiful and worth fighting for. This idea spread throughout Europe where it is still prevalent today.
Love is a language that everyone understands. It's a sensation that transcends both age and time. It's also a sense that never fades. These ideas about love and relationships may be traced all the way back to the Renaissance Period, when William Shakespeare authored the classic romantic play Romeo and Juliet. In this story, two young lovers die because they believe their love will always keep them together.
Shakespeare drew on his knowledge of medieval poetry for Romeo and Juliet. But he also used his own imagination and created its own world where such things can happen. Love was not just a feeling but also an act - something that brought people together and kept them that way. This idea lives on today in phrases like "to love someone deeply" or "to love something dearly."
The Italian poet Petrarch originally wrote "amor est celesti dæmon" (love is a celestial demon) in 1345. This idea was then taken up by many other poets and writers throughout Europe. In 1476, when Shakespeare was born, love was already well-known as an important factor in keeping people together.
During the Renaissance, artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael painted pictures that showed how people should treat each other with love and respect. Philosophers such as Niccolò Machiavelli and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola wrote books explaining what love really was.
Movies try to persuade us that we will always feel this way, but the intensity of passion has an expiration date for everyone. According to Dr. Fred Nour, a neurologist in Mission Viejo, California, and author of the book "True Love: How to Use Science to Understand Love," expect the passion to endure two to three years at best. The duration depends on how much energy you put into it during those first few months.
Long-lasting love is possible, but it requires constant attention and effort. You have to make sure that your relationship stays exciting by trying new things together and staying focused on each other instead of letting life get in the way.
It's normal for love to become routine after a while, but it should never be considered boring. It is important to remember why you fell in love in the first place and not lose sight of that.
Being in love gives you strength and confidence, it makes you feel special and it makes both people happier. That's why it is so valuable and why it lasts such a short time. Love isn't forever, but it doesn't have to be something that fades away either. If you can find the right balance between these two extremes, you'll enjoy being in love for as long as you live.
The concept of romantic love evolved from the Platonic tradition that love is a longing for beauty, a value that transcends the limitations of the physical body. Plato's appreciation of beauty culminates in his passion of philosophy, the topic that seeks the highest level of mental power. For Plato, true love is found not in sexual attraction but rather in a deep understanding between two people who communicate their thoughts and feelings openly.
In the Judeo-Christian tradition, love is seen as an important factor in creating harmony within families and between people. It is felt that without love, there would be no hope for society. Christians believe that love is found through faith in Jesus Christ; therefore, love is not just an emotion but rather a decision that is based on knowledge about right and wrong.
Since the 17th century, philosophers have analyzed love as a complex emotional phenomenon related to hormones, the need for attachment, self-esteem, and intimacy. Love is also defined as a desire or appetite. This last definition includes both romantic love and parental love. According to this view, love is simply a desire that drives us to want something from others.
Another idea proposed by philosophers is that love is nothing more than a combination of emotions such as affection, friendship, romance, and lust. These ideas are based on the fact that most people experience different types of love at different times in their lives.