The ancient Greek and Roman ruins of Ephesus, Turkey had many brothels. One of the most famous was located just across the street from one of the biggest libraries of the day.
If you weren’t fortunate to have enough cash, you always could go distract yourself by reading a good scroll at the library.
The article also notes:
"Even those with the cash to spend were thankful for the location of the 2nd biggest library in Ancient Rome with some 200,000 scrolls. A secret passageway between the library and the brothel meant that even the most frequent of visits could be guised as a love of literature!”
As noted in The changing symbolism of the heart shape through the ages, the greatest popularity of the heart began when this symbol was included on playing cards during the 15th century. Artists now used hearts everywhere. The more famous illustrations in Alice in Wonderland reference playing cards with the Queen of Hearts character. However, according to Lewis Carroll, her character depicts anything but love. Rather, she was a woman with an “ungovernable passion – a blind and aimless fury” (ref. Queen of Hearts).
Some illustrated children’s books that use hearts to convey love or loss of a loved one include: I Carry Your Heart With me, The Heart and the bottle and of course, Be My Valentine Charlie Brown.
Since medieval times, the meaning of the heart hasn’t really changed. So whether you partake (or not) in the amorous celebrations on February 14 – may your day be filled with love for a really good illustrated book.