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Page2" POST-G'AZIET'I'IE, MAY 7,2011) Nostra Aweeklycolumn highlightingsome Hlll'l] of the more interesting aspects of our gllllfl ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. THE ROMAN TEMPLES The Romans built rectan- gular temples and circular temples. They were gener- ally intended to be seen from the Forum which they faced. The entrance to the temple was usually empha- sized by a deep portico (cov- ered porch). The interior was one room with small windows, poor lighting and usually quite damp. This room was called the cella and usually housed some statu- ary or memorabilia. Some temples had a portico only in front and these were known as prostyle temples, while others had a portico front and rear and these were known as amphi-prostyle. A great many temples were built by these pro- Christian Romans. The most noteworthy at this time are: The Temple of Julius Caesar faced the Forum Romanum Magnum and was built by Augustus in the year 42 B.C. History claims that this was the site where Caesar's body was cremated in the presence of a grief stricken public. This was the first temple that was dedi- cated to a mortal. The Temple of Vesta also faced the same Forum and was built about 205 A.D. It was the most venerated of all temples in Rome. The Cella contained a sacred fire which was kept alive by the Vestal Virgins, the Roman Goddess of the hearth. They lived under strict super- vision in the House of the Vestal Virgins nearby. The Vestals were se- lected at age six to ten from among the noble Roman families and were not sub- ject to the common law, enjoyed many privileges and political importance. At public games they sat in the seats of honor. A strong similarity has been noted between the House of the Vestal Virgins and the later Christian Nunnery, between the admission ceremony, the vow of chastity, clip- ping of the hair and the gar- ments that they wore. They watched over and kept alive the sacred fire in the temple. The fire was considered to be the source of Roman life and power. If the fire was al- lowed to go out, the Vestal in charge was scourged for her carelessness. If the Vestal violated her vow of chastity, she was condemned to death by being buried alive. NEXT ISSUE: More temples Rally Held for State Senate Candidate Sal DiDomenico From left to right: Congressman Mike Capuano, Worcester County Sheriff Guy Glodis, Former ~enate Candidate Dennis Benzan, Former Senate Candidate Mike Albano, Former Senate Candidate Dan Hill, Sal DiDomenlco at podium, Governor Deval Patrick, Sal's wife, Tricia DiDomenieo, Lt. Governor Tim Murray, and Democratic State Party Chair John Walsh. (Photo by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Lina Buttiri. 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'~ Equal Housh~ Lender/Member FDiC A rally was held for State Senate Candidate Sal DiDomenico (D) of Everett, Massachusetts. Sal won the preliminary special election and will go to the final elec- tion which will take place on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. FOR RENT - REVERE BREAKERS CONDOMINIUM 2 bdrm, 2 bath Condo on Revere Beach Blvd. 7th floor ocean views from all rooms. Newly renov. Amenities include Parking Space, Pool, Sauna, $1,600 month, ht, A/C included. Call 781-710-8418 or 781-91 0-2454 Re Publica by David Trumbull Baker's Dozen: 13 Ways to Save Taxpayers More Than $1 Billion Charlie Baker has un- veiled thirteen government reforms that could save taxpayers over $1 billion. For the last four years, Gov- ernor Patrick and Treasurer Cahill have lacked the pol- itical will to implement the real reforms necessary to stave off a budgetary disas- ter, which now faces the next Governor. Here are two of Charlie's proposals: 7. Require proof of legal residency for state benefits -- Between $10M to $25M in savings. Applicants applying for state services should be required to verify their legal status in this country. It is only fair that recipients of state services should be required to prove to state agencies they are in this country legally before ob- taining government ben- efits. Currently, there is no uniform policy that requires the state to verify the legal status for those applying for all state services includ- ing public housing, unem- ployment benefits, workers compensation, and welfare. Although conservative esti- mates were used for this purpose because the data does not exist, this new requirement could produce significant savings consider- ing the amount of money the state spends each year on these programs. 8. Conduct forensic financial analysis for ben- efits eligibility -- Between $10M to $20M in savings. State agencies need to consider more than just tax returns when determining individuals' eligibility for public benefits and services. A lifestyle analysis quan- tifies the living expenses of individuals -- such as credit card bills, recreation activities, auto loans, gro- cery bills -- and compares the expenses to known sources of income. If the money spent during the period analyzed exceeds the known funding sources, it is quite possible that there is another source of income. The state should conduct this analysis on a pilot basis for a few services -- such as public defendants and public housing -- before individu- als are deemed eligible for the benefits. David Trumbull is the chairman of the Boston Ward Three Republican Committee. Boston's Ward Three includes the North End, West End, part of Beacon Hill, downtown, waterfront, Chinatown, and part of the South End. 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