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PAGE 2 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 25, 2016 by Prof. Edmund TurieUo Nostra A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry...our lineage._our roots. THE RENAISSANCE During past issues, we exam- ined briefly the history of the Roman Empire as well as the Early Christian, Romanesque, and Byzantine periods which followed. We also discussed the great Gothic era and the devel- opment of its beautifu/stained glass. We now focus upon the Renaissance, the last of the great historical periods in Europe. Dictionaries define renais- sance as a rebirth or a revival. The Renaissance in Europe is defined as a revival or a pe- riod of renewed interest in the art and literature which had flourished during the earlier Roman and Greek (classical) cultures. We are told that this renewed interest started during the time of the Crusades. We remember the Crusades as the series of military expeditions undertaken by the Christians for the purpose of liberating the Holy Land from the Muslims. The only practical way for these crusading armies to get from Europe to the Holy Land was to travel on foot to the seaports of Greece or Italy, and then cross the Mediterranean by boat. DuI~g the land portion of these expeditions, the Crusaders be- came exposed to the remnants of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, and this renewed interest is one of the major fac- tors that caused the birth of the historical period which we now refer to as the Renaissance. This Renaissance period is said to have begun in the" fif- teenth century when Filippo Brunelleschi submitted the win- ning design for a Renaissance dome on the Gothic cathedral of Florence, Italy. Most of the other construction which followed throughout Europe continued to reflect the Renaissance influ- ence. These later structures are St. Paul's Cathedral in London, the Doge's Palace in Venice, the Victor Emanuele Monument and Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome, the National Capital in Washington, D.C., and most of the older U.S. government buildings, the Boston Public Library, the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, and most of the older public libraries and city halls in the U.S., to name a few. Saint Peter's t3asilica is said to be the most important build- ing in the Italian Renaissance period, and this edifice will be the subject of next week's issue. NEXT ISSUE: The Basilica of St. Peter F /.< ster= STATE REPRESENTATIVE Happy Easter from my family to yours en State Senator l ICO The opinions expressed by our columnists and contributors are hot : ~ded the# are ciear, original photos, PhO~S~n be snbmi~ted~ Sponsored by the Italian American Cultural. Organization Director Bradley Pennington IACO of Braintree presents Boston Bel Canto Opera with Director Bradley Pennington on Sunday, April 10, 2016, begin- ning at 1:00 pm at the Sons of Italy Hall, 161 King Hill Road, Braintree, MA. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of classic Italian and American music. Lighl; refreshments will be served. Proceeds from this event will be used to fund the IACO schol- arship program. For more details, contact Richard Leccese at 781-843- 5095 or Hawe a Happy Easter from NE\W HEAI'TH! N ~rth End ~ Health 332 Hanover Street Boston, Massachusetts Telephone (617) 643-8000 Buona Pasqua PAUL J. DONATO SECOND ASSISTANT MAJORITY LEADER STATE HOUSE, ROOM 481 BOSTON, MA 02133 TEL: (617) 722-2180 FAX: (617) 722-2881 REPDONATO38@AOL.Co M 271 SPRING STREET MEDFORD~ MA 02155 TEL: C/81) 395-1683 FAX: (781) 395-2871 Charlestown Easter Egg-stravaganza Charlestown's Easter Egg-stravaganza will be held on Friday, March 25% at the Charlestown YMCA located in the Charlestown Navy Yard. This egg-cellent event takes place from 10:00 am-12:00 pm and will include a full Easter egg hunt, face painting, a huge bounce house, Easter-themed crafts and more. This free event is a fan- tastic day for the family. Please check out our facebook events page at https://www. events/1 710790899199491/. ~,q uona Pasqua J-Ia e a 8pecial gasterJ-Iolidag with Four amilies Richard J. Vita, Esq. and Family from "iii::! Joe Boncore ,,, ~s~ Candidate for "" ............ !~i-" ............... State Senate L ...... II ~ ..ppq ~td /~0 #? Sal LaMattina & Family Boston City Councilor - District 1 Ci~COUHCItLOR BUONA PASQUA! ~The Lombardo Family~ THE LOMBARDO COMPANIES ................................ GREAT THINGS START HERE Celebrating Over 53 Years! 6 Billings Street, Randolph, MA Visit us on FACEBOOK