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Page2 ,:. b POST-GAZETTE,MRCH 18, 2011 S,ir00 byprof+nd+uri+ l! Nostra of the more interesting aspects od our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. CALIGULA THE SEXOLOGIST Caligula often boasted that his own mother, Agrippina, was born in incest, which Augustus had committed with a daughter named Julia. Caligula himself lived in constant incest with all of his sisters, and violated an older sister Drusilla when he was still a minor. Years later he took Drusilla away from her lawful husband and forced her to live with him as his wife. When she died, he declared a national sea- son of public mourning, and made it a capital offense to laugh, bathe, or even to dine in company with one's own family. He did not love the rest of his sisters with so great an affection, and often prostituted them to his favorites. Later, when the occasion suited his purpose, he condemned them as adulteresses. He attended the marriage of Livia Orestilla to his good friend Gaius Piso. He took a fancy to the bride and simply ordered that she be taken off to his palace. A few days later he divorced from Piso. No woman of rank was immune to his advances. His general approach was to invite both husband and wife to dine with him and other couples at the palace. As they passed his dining couch he would look them over very critically and very purposefully. During the bal- ance of the evening, as of- ten as fancy took him, he would leave the room, send- ing for the female who pleased him best, and then return soon with compli- ments or even lewd com- ments regarding her at- tributes or her performance. During one phase of his reign as emperor he was in need of more money, so he supported public brothels in the palace, setting aside a number of rooms, furnishing them to suit the grandeur of the palace and, ordering matrons and freeborn youths to stand exposed. He then sent his servants out to the parks and basilicas to invite men, yohng and old, to come and enjoy them- selves. He even loaned money, at high interest rates, to those eager beavers who were temporarily with- out funds. He also set up a battery of clerks for keeping the records. I guess this made him a genuine, first class, dowmto-earth, "Latin Leno." Caligula had no respect for his own-chastity, nor for that of anyone else. It was claimed that he had un- natural relations with men, boys, prisoners, or freemen, and didn't seem to draw the line anywhere unless it was on a pair of pajamas. :A young man from a wealthy family publicly confessed that he had violated the emperor during constant companion- ship and had worn himself out in the process. In the meantime he had a notorious passion for a con- cubine named Pyrallis (not to be confused with paraly- sis), and we must not lose sight of the fact that his mis- tress Melonia Caesonia was still active and very much on the scene. He loved her but often exhibited her to his friends "al fresco." He threat- ened to resort to torture, if necessary, if she would not explain why he loved her so passionately, yet whenever he kissed her neck he would say, "Off comes this beauti- ful head whenever I give the word." Melonia Caesonia, as you may recall from a previous column, was the one who gave him the love potion that started "all this jazz." Slipping this cat a love po- tion was like carrying coals to Newcastle. What he really needed was a jug of G.I. coffee and a cold shower three times a day. NEXT ISSUE: Caligula the Nut Cake Spring Cleaning for ST. FRANCIS HOUSE EVENT Once again the North End Friends of Saint Francis Homeless Shelter will be hav- ing our Annual Flea Market and Bake Sale! We need do- nations of all kinds of house- hold goodies for our flea mar- ket. So it is time to start your spring cleaning and HELP US HELP THE HOMELESS. We will be looking for: books, CO's, DVD's, knick- knacks, jewelry, pots, pans, dishes, cups, silverware, col- lectibles, small end tables, magazine racks, toys, games, video games and various other items. NO CLOTHES PLEASE! You can drop off items at the Nazzaro Center starting on Monday, April 4 m through Thursday, April 7 m. The Cen- ter is open from 7am to 9pm each day. WE WILL ALSO BE COL- LECTING SPARE CHANGE -- save your change from now until the event and you will be surprised at how much pennies, nickels and dimes add up. The event will be on Friday, April 8 m from 9am to 6pm and also on Saturday, April 9 th from 9am to lpm. We will also have Momma Romano's fa- mous eggplant sandwiches, meatball sandwiches and sausage sandwiches. Also all kinds of baked goods -- homemade and from neigh- borhood bttkeries. Thank you in advance for your help. Last year we raised just about $8,000 and an INCOME TAX PREPARATION | / Financial Services | Professional Tax Consultant | Personal & Business | Year Round Service I M.P. & Co. TAX & FINANCIAL SERVICES I 1 GRACE PR, EVITE MAGOON, EA ] 617 569 0175 | / 146 Maverick Street, East Boston, MA 02128 I I .ESTABLISHED IN 1.938 .... e-mail: gmagoo??ol:c?m) anonymous donor matched it -- we want to top that amount this year! Thank you in advance: The Romano, Scimeca and Carangelo Families. Rapino Memorial Home 9 Chelsea St., East Boston 617-567-1380 i Kirby-Rapino Memorial Home 917 Bennington St. East Boston 617-569-0305 Dino C. Manca Funeral Director A Faly Servce Affiliate of AFFS/Service Corp. Int'l 206 Winter St, Fail River, MA 02720 508-676-2454 Res Publica by David Trumbull iI Come Si Dice "'Born on the Fourth of July" in Italiano? i?!7:1! :+i!i, I AI'W Memento of the 1994 Boston Visit of the Ital- ian Aircraft Carrier Giuseppe Garibaldi. On March 17, 2011, the Re- public of Italy officially cel- ebrated Italy's 150 th Anniver- sary with a series of activities across the nation of Italy, in Washington, D.C., here in Bos- ton, and throughout the United States, to highlight the unique partnership between Italy and the United States. As long-time allies, both nations share a com- mon set of values, historical ties, and cultural relations that span multiple centuries. Freshly back from a Washington trip, I decided to look into how our national government is honoring the birthday of modern united Italy. Here's what I found -- Bills have been filed in both houses of Congress (H.R.742 and S.369) to award posthumously a Congressional Gold Medal to Giuseppe Garibaldi and to Recognize the Republic of Italy on the 150 th Anniversary of its Unification. As the legislative texts point out, America has many reasons to celebrate Garibaldi and the Risorgimento (the Resurgence of a united Italian nation-state). Giuseppe Garibaldi was born on the Fourth of July in 1807. In the early 1850s he lived in the United States and even applied for U.S. citizenship before returning to Italy as a commander in the Risorgimento that led to the unification of Italy. The Risorgimento's progress was eagerly followed in a United States ideologically opposed 'to European dynas- tic "tyranny." The victory was viewed in this country as a powerful vindication of the right of the individual to politi- cal self-determination. Giuseppe Garibaldi, who led Italy to unification in 1861, was offered a command as Major General in the Union Army by President Abraham Lincoln. Garibaldi declined, but to honor him, the 39 th New York Infantry was known as 'The Garibaldi Guard'. About 150 of its 850 men were Italian. It fought, in the Union Army from Bull Run to Appomattox. The sponsors in the House of Representatives are Republicans Michael Grimm and Peter King of New York, and Democrat Bill Pascrell of New Jersey. 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