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P. [GE '2 POST,;GAZ E "APR! L .2 t .017 by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. ADDIO SPORCACCIONE The Death of Tiberius by Jean-Paul Laurens, depicting Tiberius about to be smothered under orders of Naevius Sutorius Macro To this day, the Isle of Capri boasts of the Villas of Tiberius, but not too much is said about those unfortunate souls who, after enduring long and agoniz- ing tortures, were cast headlong from high cliffs into the sea. This was all done before the eyes of Tiberius while a band of soldiers waited below for hooks and oars to prevent any breath of life from remaining in them. Probably the most fiendish and perverted of his tortures is the one that he devised himself. This consisted in tricking some men into filling themselves with enormous quantities of wine and then suddenly ordering the bodies to surface and then that their privates be tied to broke their bones with boat- prevent passage of their urine Operation A.BL.E. Expands Reach of Popular Employment Program for Seniors Residents of NH and Most of Central and Eastern Mass Now Eligible while being tortured in other ways. No person accused of even the most minor offense was spared from torment and death. Those who wished to die were forced to live and those who committed suicide were said to have given the emperor the "slip." One man who begged for a speedy death was told by Tiberius, "I have not yet become your friend." An ancient custom considered it to be a sign of irreverence to stran- gle maidens; therefore, young girls condemned to death were first violated by the executioner and then strangled. In his physical make-up, Tiberius was quite large and had a strong frame. His stature was above the average with broad shoulders and chest, and he was well proportioned from head to foot. His left hand was so powerful that he could bore through a fresh sound apple with his finger or break the head of a young man with just a flip. He was in excellent health for most of his political life and never needed the aid or advice of a physician. Not unlike other emperors, he was scared shiftless of lightning and even wore a laurel wreath during storms because it was believed that lightning never struck that plant. ...... Tiheriu~ flied :tm':dVIarc~- 1,6th : in the y era',3? A,.D:,i r villa at Lucullus, in the 78t.h year of his life, after 23 yea s'.of reign. Some think that Gaius (Caligula) gavehim :a slow and wasting poison,, while others claim Was'sm6therect' with :a-pillow., A ccording to: still an- :: other writer;: he was conscious of his approaching death and took off his'ringas if to give it someone. He put the ring back on his finger and clenched his hand as he lay motionless for 'a' long time. He,co:lied for his attendants and, after receiving no response, he got out of bed. His strength failed as he tried to walk and he fell dead.- At the first news of his death, many people ran about the city shouting q'iberius to the Tiber," while others prayed to their gods to provide him no ever- lasting home except among the damned. Added to the memory of his former cruelty was a later senatorial edict that the execu- tion of all condemned should be 'put off for 10,days after convic- tion. The punishment of otle group of prisoners fell due on the day when news was received about Tiberius. The unfortunate who were" c6ffdernned begged -the public forproteotion but, in :- the absen ce of Caligula, no one dared .act:~-~ontralT to. the;taw and the execution was carried ,:: out. Thu,s,,the cruelty of Tiberius lasted even after, his death. ' ~ !~" 'r" NEXT ISSUE: Operation A.B.L.E. (Abil- ity Based on Long Experience) today announced its Senior Community Service Employ- ment Program (SCSEP) has been expanded to include New Hampshire and additional por- tions of Massachusetts. "Workers 55 or older and out of work often find they need help getting up to speed on the latest job search techniques, sprucing up their office skills while earning an income," said Joan Cirillo, President and CEO of Operation ABLE. The Federal SCSEP recognizes that older workers tend to be un- employed longer than average and need training opportunities to become competitive in the marketplace." The program helps unem- ployed job seekers, who meet certain income and age require- ments, work towards perma- nent employment by providing training and work experience with local non-profits and gov- ernment agencies. Participants receive training and job seeking advice while earning income by working up to 20 hours per week in an environment that helps improve existing skills. SCSEP is funded through a grant from the Federal Depart- ment of Labor. "SCSEP has been a very popular program here at ABLE. For more than a decade we has expanded our responsibility to include all of the State of New Hampshire and Massachusetts counties oT Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Suffolk." As of February 1, 2017, resi- dents of New Hampshire can apply to become a SCSEP par- ticipant by contacting ABLE's satellite offices in Manchester located at 228 Maple Street or calling 603-206-4400. In Berlin, the location is 961 Main Street, or call 603-752-2600. "The goal at ABLE is for our participants to move into em- ployment within a year, with freshly updated job skills and the confidence to become val- ued assets for their employers," Cirillo added. Operation A.B.L.E. holds a free SCSEP information ses- sion in Boston every Friday at 10:00 a.m. for those seeking more information about the pro- gram. Massachusetts residents should call 617-542-4180 to make a reservation and for the nearest SCSEP location. Details of the program are also avail- able at www.operationable.cem. About Operation A.B.L.E. Since 1982, Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston has been the only organization in Massachu- setts whose sole mission has been to provide comprehensive training and employment ser- vices for job seekers 45 years have helped thousands of older of age and olden Since it began, woHters fifld eml~Oymdnt m the more fhatt ~4, OOt) mdimduals Gt~t~t~r'~t~o~tToh''a21cl W~o~te~ ~- : ~t~t)~ been ~asMsted by Opel"ation area," Cirillo said. "Now the A.B.L.E., whichis celebrating its Federal Department of Labor 34t~Anniversary. 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