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PAGE 2 POST-GAZET'rE, FEBRUARY 10, 2017 by Prof. Edmund TurieUo A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. LUDI PUBLICI Model of the ancient Campus Martius around AD 300. The public games or shows Augustus outdid all of his pre- of ancient Rome were called decessors in the magnificence Ludi Publid and were financed of his public shows. These were either by the government or staged in all the wards and in government officials. They took all languages. He promoted ath- the form of athletic contests or letic contests in the well-known other spectacles and were held area near the Tiber, which was in the theaters, amphitheaters, called the Campus Martius. circus, or even in the local pi- Roman Knights (the Equestrian azza. For hundreds of years, the OrderI were featured in scenic ludi were the most prominentpageantry and gladiatorial con- features of their religious and tests. These special gladiatorial social life. contests were much like our wrestling matches of today -- a lot of action, but no blood. He constructed an "artificial lake near the Tiber and even staged a mock naval battle. There were so many people in attendance at these events that it was necessary to station guards at various parts of the city in order to prevent vandal- ism and looting. Whenever anything rare or extraordinary was brought into the city, he ordered a special exhibit for those days that did not conflict with his sched- uled spectacles. These special exhibits included a huge rhi- noceros in a confined area of a central park, an especially large and ferocious tiger which was displayed in a large cage set on the stage of a theater, and a huge snake which was reported to have been seventy-five feet long and displayed in a central piazza. During an overcrowded in- door theatrical production, there was concern and near panic for fear that the struc- ture might collapse. Augustus calmed the audience by taking a seat in a spot which appeared to be the most dangerous. We know now of course that the structure stood for many years to come. While:in ,attendan6e a't" any event, Augustus gave his entire attention to the performance and did not permit the distrac- tions of •talking, reading, or writing as did other emperors to follow. He even offered spe- (Continued on Page 12) "We are Still a Nation of Laws" by Sal Giarratani I had one good laugh this past Sunday Morning when I picked up the Sunday Globe and read the large print headline, "We are still a nation of laws." I guess when you are part of the #NeverTrump movement, there is apparently no such thing as hypocrisy. When I turned to the Metro Section, I found another large news story on the City of Somerville celebrating its 30 years as a Sanctuary City for illegals among us. One banner in the crowd of folks celebrating the breaking of the law boldly stated Build A Wall Around Trump." I thought, isn't that exactly what the Anti-Trump supporters have been doing since 12:00 noon on January 20±? The so- called resistance is all about constantly attacking everything Trump does, period. It is going to be a long four years if this craziness keeps up. Once I finished my Sunday Globe, I turned to the Boston Herald which ran a much shorter news story on Somerville and the rally. It didn't publish the photo of that protest placard, but it did mention it and said the sign holder was Bambi Best of Somerville. I kid you not. Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, addressing the crowd, bellowed, "Now is the time to stand up and speak out for what is right and what is true." I guess when liberals are standing up for the rights of illegals, it means the law be damned. The Sunday Globe's headline should have stated, "We are still a nation of laws that we like." Oh, and one final thought here. The anti-Trump people seem to be out there marching full-time. One day they,are marching for gay rights. The next day, for women's rights. Then on to the rights of Muslims who come from nations that give neither gays nor women any rights. Am I missing something here, or is this just the end result of liberal hypocrisy? The Res An ag Our "t Commum y Mailed To Your lome Each Week! With a Gift Subscription to the Post-Gazette, your generosity will be remembered every week of the year. We'll send the recipient an announcement of your gift. Their subscription will begin with the current issue and continue for one year. One- year Gift Subscription POST-GAZETTE To J~rom Fill out coupon below and mail with paYment to: Post-Gazette, PO Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113. I would like to send a one year Gift Subscription of the Boston Post-Gazette to the following person(s). I have enclosed $35 per subscription• Recipient Name Giver Name Address Address City State .Zip City State __Zip Phone Phone L. f Boston Harborside Home ph A. 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