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PAGE 2 POST-GAZETI'E, MARCH 10, 2017 by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. THE During the past six weeks, we have been examining the early career of the grand- nephew of Julius Caesar named Octavian, who became the first emperor of the Roman Empire. He ascended the throne after the death of Caesar, took the name of Augustus, and reigned for about 41 years. Continuing with this ten-part series, we find that not unlike all public figures, Augustus received his share of criticism. It was Marc Antony who claimed that as a seducer and adulterer, Augus- tus walked in the footsteps of his granduncle Julius, a fact that even his friends did not deny. They excused it by claim- ing that these acts were com- mitted as a matter of policy and not out of passion. Marc Antony made numerous other accusa- tions about the moral conduct of Augustus. References were often made to his hasty mar- riage to the pregnant Livia, and to the fact that his second wife Scribonia was divorced because she voiced strong resentment to the excessive introduction of a rival. Others implied that the rival was Livia. Antony also claimed that friends of Augustus acted as panderers, stripping and in- I NSATIAB LE AUG USTUS Lhda as Ceres. Ma~e. Rome (71. lS-4S C~.. Inv. No. Mr 259 / ~ 124,2., 1~_,'~, I,ot~'e Museum O~: ; From the BorKhese collecUon. specting matrons and well- grown girls as one would the slaves on the block before pre- senting them to the emperor. The charges of unnatural voice by Marc Antony were denied by offering evidence as to the purity of Augustus' character, but the charge of lustfulness could not be disputed as it became common knowledge among his inner circle of friends that he was fond of deflowering maidens. These were selected by friends from throughout the Empire. It is said that some of the maidens were even selected by his wife Livia. Another charge of Marc Antony's that could not be refuted was that Augustus took the wife of an ex-consul from her husband's dining room right before his eyes and brought her into a bed chamber. It is said that when they eventu- ally returned, her hair was in disorder "tutto sciatto" and her ears were glowing. Wealth, power, and adultery seem to be "kissing cousins" with all emperors, and with Augustus it appears to have been his way of keeping track of his adversaries. This was done through the women of their households. I guess youVe got to hand it to those old Romans, they certainly knew how to take care of their enemies. NEXT ISSUE: The Brutal Augustus Saint Louis Bertrand by Bennett Molinari Louis Bertrand was one of nine children born in Valencia on January. 1, 1526, to Juan Bertrand and Juana Angela Exarch. Through his father, he was related to Saint Vincent Ferrer. He conceived the idea of becoming a Dominican friar while still very young and was clothed with the Dominican habit in the Monastery of Saint Dominic, Valencia, on August 26, 1539. After the usual period of probation, he pronounced the evangelical vows and was ordained to the priesthood in 1547. He was appointed to the office of Master of Novices in the Dominican Monastery at Valencia. He taught the novices to give themselves completely to God. When the plague broke out in Valencia in 1557, he devoted himself to the sick and dying; he prepared the stricken for burial and interred them himself. When he first began and Richard to preach, it did not seem as though he would be very successful, but his deep love for souls brought great results. When the plague had subsided, he turned his attention to preaching, which he did fervently. He filled the cathedral f Boston Harborside Home ph A. Langone 580 Commercial St. - Boston, MA 02109 617-536-4110 Molinari and the most spacious churches to capacity and eventually it became necessary for him to resort to preaching in the public squares of the city. It was probably the fame of his preaching that brought him to the attention of Saint Teresa of Avila, who sought his counsel in the matter of reforming her order. Bertrand had long desired to perform missionary work in the New World. Upon receiving permission, he sailed for the Americas in 1562, at the age of 36, landing at Cartagena, Colombia. Heimmediately began his missionary work. Saint Louis was then sent to Panama, where in a comparatively short time he converted some 6,000 natives. He next turned to Tubara, where he converted 10.000. After seven years as a missionary in South America, Bertrand returned to Spain in 1569 to plead the cause of the oppressed natives, but he was not permitted to return to his missionary work. He used his own growing reputa- tion for sanctity, as well as family and other contacts, to lobby on behalf of the native peoples he had encountered as he served in his native diocese of Valencia where he also became a spiritual counselor to many. In 1580, Bertrand fell ill and passed away on Octo- ber 9, 1581. He was canonized by Pope Clement X in 1671. His feast day is observed on October 9th. Saint Louis Bertrand is sometimes called theYAPostle of South. America." Augustave M. Sabia, Jr. Trevor Slauenwhite Frederick J. Wobrock Dino C. Manca Courtney A. Fitzgibbons A Service Family Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corporation International 206 Winter St., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 by Chris Hanson Employ the Wisdom of Cover Bands It's normal to feel vulnerable when hiring an investment advisor. You may get a nagging feeling you're not getting good advice. This pain is easy to avoid; hire someone who acts like a cover band and borrows heavily from the masters. To explore this suggestion I trudged out to see my buddy Clarkey's band, The Section 8s. Frankly, I'm surprised that Clarkey has a band at all, since he was one of the principal disruptors of Mr. Binney's seventh grade music class. But I give Clarkey credit since the last time I sang karaoke, the audience was actually throw- ing wet cocktail napkins at me. When I enter Clarkey's venue du jour, I get a much better reception. "Christopher sit over here," he calls from the stage and I dutifully study his showmanship with afecfion. My buddy's act is an amalgamation of rock legends; he's got some of Acrosmith's Stcvcn Tylcr's goofy moves, a harmonica sound like J. Oeil's Magic Dick, and the musical 5readth of The Car's Ben Orr. I don't know what explains the Engelbert Humperdinck haircut, but to each their own. When he finishes the set with Tom Jones' "She's a Lady," I chuckle. Clarkey thinks he'sjust as smooth with the ladies as Tom -- ain't that a joke. What isn't a joke is that the skilled musicians are well-rehearsed and their deep song repertoire doesn't disap- point. Seeing a Section 8 show is a great night out. Clarkcy's show is entertaining because he doesn't try to rcinvcnt the rock-and-roll wheel. He imitates legends that have sold millions of records and scored huge hits. The crowd loves it. If your advisor adopts the same approach and mimics the maestros of investing, youll likely improve your results. So, who arc these financial whiz kids and why are they so wonderful? They are researchers that you probably never heard of because they work for think tanks and universities, not some out-of-tune brokerage firm with a huge advertising budget. Please bear with me as I have to Use some highfalutin' language as I detail some of their works. There is Harry Markowitz, who developed the Modem Portfolio Theory, a framework for building a portfolio. His colleague William Sharpe developed a tool for risk adjusted invest- ment performance analysis, the Sharpe Ratio. Also adhering to the evidence-based investing school of thought is Eugene Fama. He is credited with the Efficient-Market Hypothesis. What makes this research so valuable is that it has no inherent bias, just proven results and a long track record. All of these eggheads have won Nobel Prizes for their work: If you hawe the patience to read this peer-reviewed research, it is real good st ff. But I.must warn you, it's very dry to most people. But the essence of the research is giving it to you straight like Clarke would. He just delivers the facts in a far less polished, far more hot-headed manner. (Sorry Bro[) If your advisor adheres to the philosophy of evidence-based investing, it should be music to your ears. Your investment choices aren't based on a hunch or an opinion, but on actual science. There is no room for last year's star money manager as he is probably a One-Hit Wonder. Sticking with this approach will likely give you more good years than bad. I could go on about Clarkey, but I am bound by a somewhat sacred agreement among us local celebrities. Besides, The Wicked Smart Investor isn't giving it up for free. I'll wait until VH l's Behind the Music comes knocking with checkbook in hand. Chris Hanson is a CPA that specializes in financial planning at OakTree Capital Partners in Easton. He earned his BBA at the Isenberg School of Management," University of Massachusetts and an MBA at Babson College's F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business.