St. Valentine, priest, was martyred in 269 at Rome near the Milvian Bridge on the Via Flaminia. He is considered a patron of bee keepers, engaged couples and epileptics. In pictures or statues he can identified with the symbols of birds and roses.
Valentine a Roman priest. He helped martyrs during the persecution by Claudius II. He was arrested and after refusing to renounce his faith, was beaten with clubs and then beheaded on 14 February around 270. Pope Julius I perhaps built a church near to what is now the Piazza del Popolo. His relics are in the church of St. Praxedes, near Santa Maria Maggiore.
Legend has it that before he was killed he wrote a letter to the jailer’s daughter, signing it, “From your Valentine.”