Where would we be without romance? What was courtship and marriage like for our distant ancestors? Beginning with the ancient Greeks' recognition of the need to describe more than one kind of love, inventing the word eros to describe carnal love, and agape to mean a spiritual love, take a stroll back through romantic heritage with this timeline of romantic customs, dating rituals, and tokens of love. In ancient times, many of the first marriages were by capture, not choice — when there was a scarcity of nubile women, men raided other villages for wives. Frequently the tribe from which a warrior stole a bride would come looking for her, and it was necessary for the warrior and his new wife to go into hiding to avoid being discovered. According to an old French custom, as the moon went through all its phases the couple drank a brew called metheglin, which was made from honey.
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How romantic love came to be a cultural centerpiece in western societies and why it kind of screws us all up. F irst Fact: At some point during evolution between plankton and Bon Jovi, apes evolved the ability to become emotionally attached to one another. Second Fact: Humans evolved the ability to become attached to each other—that is, the ability to love each other—because it helped us survive. Instead, we evolved the ability to emotionally bond into communities and families where we became largely inclined to cooperate with one another.
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