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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 2, 2015 Res Publica lr e by Prof. Edmund Turiello  ,  No ra A weeklv column highlighting some i,, ....  .... by David TrumbuU fit of the more interesting aspects of our : ancestry.., our lineage.. : our roots. H L BARACK! "[The President] shall from time to time give to the Congress [FPTUNF Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to Neptunus or Neptune The root of this name is their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge neces- was a god of the sea and in the Latin "lectus" for sary and expedient." the Roman counterpart bed or couch. Lectis- U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 3, Clause 1. to Poseidon. Salacia, ternium is identified as . his wife, was worshiped a ritual or feast where From this simple requirement to make a report has .arisen as a goddess of salt the image of a particu- our current practice of the President, upon invitation by water. The worship of lar god was set on a Congress, delivering, to a joint session of the House and Neptune appears to couch and this couch Senate, his "State of the Union Address." have been influenced was placed near the Much ceremony attends this, one of the President's most through the Sibylline dining table. Remember- watched, listened to, and read speeches. But of course cer- Books that have often ing that formal dining in emony can spring up around just about anything. In the been mentioned in ancient Roman times 1980s college students developed a ceremony around the Roman history. These was in the reclining watching of reruns of the Bob Newhart Show on television. books started as a collec- position, we can now In the "Hi, Bob!" game, each player drinks a beer each time tion of oral expressions understand that this a character on the show says, "Hi, Bob!" dating back to 600 B.C. was a festival wherein a This year's State of the Union Address is a ways off According to legend, selected god was invited (January 20, 2015), but it's not too early to start planning, there were originally to dine with his mortal so, with that in mind, I recently asked my friends "What nine books that were of- worshippers, words orphrases are in your 2015 edition of the "State of feted to the Roman King Like Poseidon, Nep- the Union Drinking Game." That is, what utterances are Tarquinius Superbus at tune was also worshiped so predictable, that if you knock one back each time an exorbitant price by as a god of the equestri- Mr. Obama says one, you can get toasted enough to endure the Cumaean Sibyl. ans, and as such, a his self-important drivel. When the king refused temple in his honor was High school friend, Carl. P., Facebook friend Chris M., to pay the price, she erected in the Circus and former Boston Republican Party Chairman Brad W. said burned six of the books. Flaminius sometime the first person pronoun "I, me, myself" m and cautioned The king then purchased the years. She was also thought around 200 B.C. Marcus to use small glasses if you care about your liver, as you can remaining three at the of as the Sibyl of the Roman - Agrippa, a Roman general, expect to hear the President refer to himself many times. original price. Catholic Church whose son-in-law to Augustus, and TEA Party activist, Christen V., said, "Let me be clear." For those persons who are strength, age, wisdom, and builder of the Pantheon, also Boston-area conservatives, Stephanie D. and Carmine not familiar with the name resistance to false gods she built a temple to Neptune in B., along with childhood friend, Robert R., and Arizona "Sibyl," I might add that it so grandly embodies. The honor of his naval victory Facebook friend, Felice P., all expect to hear "buzz words" identified the female coun- famous ceiling of the Sistine over Marc Antony and relating to illegal immigrants, such as "dreamers," "un- terpart to a prophet. The Chapel at the Vatican to Cleopatra at Actium. This documented workers," "comprehensive," "immigration,)' ancient City of Cumae, Sic- Rome shows Cumaea, in was one of the most decisive "naturalization," and normalization." fly, was named in honor of addition to four other sibyls; battles in the history of the Mr. Obama has already shown that he is willing to act the Cumaean Sibyl, one of Libica, Delphica, Erythraea, ancient world, since its out- illegally without Congress on immigration reform, so we the ten or twelve most fa- and Persica. Here, Cumaea come determined the lord- can pretty much discount it when he almost certainly mous of these prophetesses, is shown hoary with age in ship of the Roman Empire. says, "compromise,  "I'm willing to work with Congress", Roman mythology placed her a manner that only the great The ancient Romans also "bi-partisan," and "cooperation" -" more suggestions from abode in a cavern below the master Michelangelo could worshiped "Portunus," a Felice P. and Robert R., as well as former Chairman of the acropolis in that city. In her portray. Also, he shows her god of the harbors. A special Boston Ward Five Republican Committee, Brad M. youth, Cumaea was loved by holding two books which are priest in Rome sacrificed to Felice P. Robert R. and Stephanie D. predict he'll attach Apollo, who later granted her thought to be the Old and the him during the "Portunalia," Congress with such words as "obstructionist," "gridlock," as many years of life as the New Testaments. a festival to this god, which and "sequester." grains of sand that she held The identification of was held annually in the Massachusetts Republican activist, Cynthia $., says, in her hand. She accepted, Neptune goes back to the month of August. "fight for middle class families" and "humane." Facebook but forgot to request the "Laetisterniium" festival, friend, Kevin R., expects to hear "inequality." youth to go along with her which started about 400 B.C. Next Week: Hestia Feisty Felice P. also predicted words that will not be said: "IRS," "Benghazi," "veterans," "sorry", "terrorist," "ISIS," "ISIL," "Berghdahl," "hacked off the head oF, and "vacation." The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Chris M. predicts a big line will be "the people of North Korea." Childhood friend Matt H. says "at the end of the and The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) day." Liberal friend Marshall N. expects to hear, "liar" (but only Invite you to attend the fourth public meeting on the from Congress). Well, I could go on, but I'm out of space. As you watch the CENTRAL ARTERY RAMP PARCEL STUDY State of the Union Address, be sure to drink responsibly. Now if only we could get people to vote responsibly. Thursday, January 8, 2015 6-8 PM at the BRA (Boston City Hall, 9 th Floor, BRA Board Room) Boston Harborside Home iassDOT is required to consider options for covering the open ramp portions of Central J o s eph A. L angone Artery/Tunnel Parcels 6, 12 and 18 along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, resulting from environmental commitments made as part of the Central Artery/Tunnel project. MassDOT and BRA bfficials are continuing to study options to define potential cover 580 Commercial St. Boston, MA 02109 alternatives. At this next public meeting, staff from MassDOT and the BRA, along with 617-536-4110 their consultant team will present refined ramp parcel concepts based on feedback received from three (3) prior public meetings, including the public workshop that was held on October 29th. We would like to invite interested part!es to attend and participate in providing feedback on these possible solutions. This meeting will be followed by a AugustaveM. Sable, Jr. TrevorSlauenwhite formal thirty (30)-day comment period to allow for public feedback to the design team, YrederickJ. Wobrock Dino C. Maned MassDOT and the BRA. Courtney A. Fitzgibbons Visit our project website at If you have any specific questions, please contact: John Romano Lauren N. Shurtleff Legislative Liaison, MassDOT Senior Planner, BRA A Service Family AffiIiate of AFFS/Service Corporation International emaih email: 206Winter St., Fall River, MA02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 This meeting space is accessible to people with disabilities. If you need a reasonable - J' accommodation (such as American Sign Language Interpreters, assistive listening devices, handouts in alternate formats, etc.) and/or language assistance to fully The Feral Trade Commission participate, pleasi contact John Romano at MassDOT at 857-368-8905 or works for the consumer to prevent fraud and deception. before December 30th. Such accommodations will be Call 1-877"FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) provided free of charge. or log on to