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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 15, 2013 Nostra by Prof, Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of tire more interesting aspects of our ancestry...our lineage...our roots. THE PIETA OF ST. PETER'S Good Friday is observed in commemora- tion of the crucifixion of Jesus. It is believed to have originally been called *God's Friday." Synonymous with this holy season are the many painted and sculptured scenes of piety. This name can be defined as a pious act, a pious statement or a pious thing. I doubt the existence in this world today of one Christian who is capable of a rational thought or Res Publica by David Trumbull ' . Beward ldes of March Beware indeedl As we  . !adist/lt :lative the other and killed the assassins. Brutus -" " know, Julius Caesa , i , . :)jS The conspirators thought to assassinated in the S i-:4Caius Ti}'0nlus. As was restore the Republic. How- House on the Ides of  i: : ofmany of the conspira- ever, they lacked any co- of 44 B.C. Of the num ,lle had been a benefi- hesive plan for governing; names of all the assas  of the kindnesses of mismanaged events in the cannot be certain. Plutti ei5aesar. It was Trebonius days immediately following and other ancient  writ s'"and Decimus Brutus who the assassination; and record the following: j detained Marc Antony in con- ended up plunging Rome PubllmD Servillusgasea. versation so that Caesar *ile Cases" who:made the was without his principal first cut.  bodyguard when he entered Caius Ciius Loaginus. the senate house. Michelangeloys Piers' who possesses even a minimum That Ca saiiis of the "lean and Lucius Tillius Cimber ia St. Peter Basilica. degree of intelligence, whohlisn't hun-look" who recruited Called Metellus Cimber in _/ developed his own mentai image Btths to the conspiracy, the Shakespeare play, he of the tragedy that was the crucifixion. There: ar6 also those .jMurcus Junius Brutus. A was the one who gave the . . . . .J . " more fgtunate mdlwduals, who preordained as it muse descendant of that ancmnt signal to commence the have ben, had the God given talent t transform this tal Brutus who drove out the last slaughter ifiaa into some tangible form like a beautiful p aRihg or of the Roman kings about Clans. We must be care- stakue. Some of these important and talented creators of 465 years earlier Brutus ful not to confuse the con- g2 " * ... tle past were Bartholommeo, Bethm, Franta, Perugino, was as a son to Caesar; his spirator Cinna with Caesar's :Raphael, Montautti, Titiar/ and of course.Buonarroti, who was "the most unkindest cut loyal friend the poet Cinna. is more pgpularly known as Michelangelo. of them all." Brutus and The angry mob in Rome that The futI-ntme of this last creator was Michelangelo di Cassius both fell at their Ides of March made that very , Lodovic6Bu0narroti-Simoni bo.r  in Caprice, Tuscany in own hands after the battle of confusion and, meeting :'j" 147  ttie height of the great'italian Renaissance People Philippi in 42 B.C. According Cinna the poet in the street, " 2;,telatehim-with one Piers' or La Pieta' when in to some ancient account tore to pieces the wrong ..,-'--y,: c.-,: -:,:'.  "  -  - = - . . -ii;  al:he sculptured fourcf them. At the age of 23 he dld hs each did himself in with the man. i;!-fIt and most famous'Piers' which is now in the Basilica of very dagger he used to slay Within a very few years ' . e -St. Peter in Rome.:At the age of 73 he dld the Deposltlon Caesar. Marc Antony and Octavian - - from the Cross r which is now in the Cathedral of Florence Deeimus Junius Brutus Caesar, the adopted son of ::Q --a k At the age of 74 he did the "Palestrina Pieta" which is now Also called Albinus. he was Julius Caesar tracked down " ":, in the Aeeademia in Florence, and at the age of 81 he did ": the "R0}idanini Pieta" which was the last sculpturing done , " :.\\;-bfre his death. It is now in the Sforza Castle in Milan. },\\;- (! i :The masterpiece at St. Peter's is by far the most famous -): ::/of all sculptured Piers. The scene, as we all know, repre- _-o sents the Virgin Mother grieving over the body of Jesus immediately after the crucifixion. When viewing this Pieta' one should bear in mind that few, if any, other sculptors of the past had ever attempted to put two life-sized figures in one composition, and to place a full grown man on the lap of a woman was unheard of. The Bible tells us that other characters were present, but Michelangelo's intent in this creation appears to have been to capture that one brief moment when Mary might have been alone with Jesus and not to crowd the scene with the other mourners. Every part and position of the Virgin reflects the deepest sorrow and of course every part and position of Christ speaks of death. They both knew that one day this moment would come; his thirty-three year journey on earth was ended and once again he was on this mother's lap. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and in my eyes she represents not only beaqty but the loneliest person that the good Lord has ever placed-pon the face of this earth, while Michelangelo Buonarroti reli(esents the most talented sculp- tor that ever walked upon the face of this same earth. into a disastrous civil war. Peace, but not the Republic, was finally restored when, in 31 B.C., following the defeat of Antony at the battle of Actium, Caesar Octavian emerged as sole leader -- the Emperor Augustus. The founders of our Repub- lic knew well the story of the Roman Republic's fail- ure, with resulting Imperial Rule. They left us a sys- tem of popular government with regular elections. Our Republic has endured, under our Constitution, for about two and a quarter centuries. The Roman Republic endured nearly five centuries. It's up to us ordinary Ameri- can voters to determine whether we can match that record. .72 Sullivan Names Polito to Campaign Team by Sal Giarratani called Polito "a good friend and more importantly a real advocate for honest, com- mon sense reform. As a state representative and candidate (in 2010) for Trea- surer, Karyn worked tire- lessly to promote real changes that would reform government." According to Polito, "I am supporting Mike Sullivan because he has the breadth of experience as to serve us well in Washington...The people want change but Washington refuses to de- liver ... I am proud to be his campaign chairperson." (Continued on Page 15) -__ WEL/_cSMERE MONUI00I00T&L WORKS 00NC. 3841 WASHINJTON STREET ROSLINDALE (AT FOREST HILLS MBTA STATION) WWW.WELLSMERE.COM 617-524-6648 ACCEPTING ORDERS FOR MEMORIAL DAY LATE APPOINTMENTS AND IN HOME VISITS AVAILABLE Former U.S. Attorney and State Representative gfui0hael J? Sullivan, a_Re- blican candidate in the upcoming GOP Primary on April 30 has announced that former six-term State Rel. Karyn Polito, will be serving as general chairman of the Sullivan campaign. Sullivan S se MOVING PEOPLE FROM Homelessness to Hope North End Friends of St. Francis House ]00LEA MARKET & BAKE SALE for St. Francis Homeless Shelter Friday, March 22 nd, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday, March 23% 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Nazzaro Community Center 30 North Bennet Street, North End, Boston We will have Mamma Romano's Famous Eggplant Sandwiches as well as Meatball and Sausage Sandwiches. Homemade baked goods, pastries and goodies from North End bakeries. Also tons of treasures in our Flea Market. We will also be collecting SPARE CHANGE HELP US HELP THE HOMELESSI!