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Page 2 POST-GAZEI-I'E, MAY 22, 2015 Stirpe Nostra by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. EROS Eros, the Greek god of love was the fairest of all male deities. He subdued the hearts of gods and mortals. His brothers and his sister were Anteros, the god of requited love, Deimos, the god of fear, Phobos, the god of fright, and Harmonia, the god- dess of friendly relations. All were the offspring of Ares and Aphrodite (Mars and Venus in Rome). Eros was not only thought of as the god of sensual love, but armed with bow and arrows, he was thought- less, unpredictable, and showed no pity for anyone. One of his com- panions was the goddess named Pitho {Persuasion). The Roman name for Pitho was Suada or Suadela and it's interesting to note that the Latin word "suadere" means suggest, or urge. Probably the most ancient seat for the worship of Eros was the Grecian city of Thespiae. This was also the location of a large pillar-shaped stone that was worshiped as his image. Additionally, Eros personified the bond of devoted friendship between boys and men, especially in war or any kind of bold adven- ture. The warring Spartans sacrificed to him before a battle, and a sacred band of Eros, the Greek god of love and fertility. youths was dedicated to him at Thebes. Also, at Samos, a freedom festival was dedicated to Eros as the god who bound men and youths together in honor and friendship. The most solemn of the ancient festivals to Eros took place in the city of Thespiae every fifth year with great ceremony, gymnastics, and musical contests. We are told that even domestic quarrels which had caused marital discord were resolved at this time. Works of art usually showed this god as a beau- tiful youth with bow and arrows, or burning torches. The Roman coun- terpart to Eros was named "Amor, Cupido, or Cupid." They also represented him in art carrying a bow and wearing a quiver of arrows. Even though Greeks and Romans considered Eros and Cupid to be one and the same, the name of Psyche {a female com- panion) appears to have been associated with Cupid rather than with Eros. During the next two issues it will be my pleasure to relate the story of Cupid and Psyche. NEXT WEEK: Cupid and Psyche Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins Department Warns About Telep00,,otre Scarn The Suffolk County effort to make the victim ment agency. The Depart- Sheriffs Department is believe that the caller is an ment also asks that you warning citizens of a tele- official representative of the call The Suffolk County phone scam involving a Division. Sheriffs Department Inves- man falsely claiming to "We want citizens to tigative Division (SID) at work for the Civil Process know that this is most 617-704-6544. Division. definitely a scam and to The Suffolk County Sher- As part of the scam, the take the proper precautions iff's Department Like us caller allegedly claims to be against this individual or on Facebook at: www.face a Suffolk County Sheriff's individuals," said Suffolk book.com/SCSDMA Watch Department Deputy and in- County Sheriff Steven W. our Common Ground cable forms victims that they've Tompkins. "Any arrests car- TV show on YouTube at: failed to report for jury duty ried out by our civil deputies www.yoUtube.com/MassSCSD and are subject to arrest are done in person, never by or visit our website at: and possible imprisonment telephone, and any financial www.scsdma.org. unless they pay a fine to transactions are performed settle the matter. Victims inside the Civil Process are then instructed by the Division at 132 Portland alleged perpetrator to pur- Street, not over the phone or LEGAL NOTICE chase a prepaid credit card on the street," from their local store and The Suffolk County Sher- Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court provide the number to the iffs Department advises that Probate and Family Court scammer via telephone, citizens who receive similar Middlesex Division The victim is then told to calls should not give out 208 Cambridge Street deliver the card in person at any personal information East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 what is the official address to the caller and should Docket No. MI15P2107EA of the Civil Process Division immediately report the call Estate of at 132 Portland Street in an to their local law enforce- MARGIE NELL ALMOND Date of Death October 27, 2013 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE All the glory that was Rome ..... Pompei To all persons interested in the abov captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner Lisa Hambrick of Conyers, GA. Lisa Hambrick of Conyers, GA has been i informally appointed as the Personal Repre- 'j sentative of the estate to serve without surety " = = ...... ' ......................... on the bond. Bistro Beer * Wine The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the _Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court.to institute format proceedings and to obtain oroers terminating or restricting the powers of Per- so6al Representatives appointed under infor- mal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 5/22/15 Res Publica by David TrumbuU .% Defending Freedom at Home and Abroad This Memorial Day we remember and honor those men and women in our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard who died in the line of duty protecting our American way of life. The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund (http://www.massmilitaryheroes.org/)plans to plant thousands of flags on Boston Common in memory of our fillen Massachusetts service members. These flags will be on display throughout Memorial Day weekend for your observance and reflection. While honoring our fallen heroes, many of us also plan to enjoy this three-day weekend at the beach, the Cape {Cod or Ann), with a picnic, or otherwise in rest and relaxation as we kick off summer in New England. That is also fitting, for surely the aim of war is to secure a safer, happier, more prosperous and freer life once peace has been restored. Many speeches have been made through the centuries, memorializing those who died for country and freedom, here's an exempt from one of the most wellLknown and imitated: "... Our constitution does not copy the laws of neighboring states; we are rather a pattern to others than imitators our- selves. Its administration favors the many instead of the few, this is why it is called a democracy ..." --Pericles' Funeral Oration, 431 B.C. So why the quotation from the dead past? Many agree that the ancient Athenian democracy was lost because of imperialistic expansionism and an unnecessary foreign war. The golden age of Athens -- that flowering of democ- racy, art, literature, and philosophy -- came to a prema- ture end with the ruinous 30-year war with neighboring Sparta. Some liberals and democrats today argue that America is, likewise, losing our Democracy at home in the prosecution of an ill-considered war of global military and business expansion. Certainly there are some parallels. But equally certain, upon a more careful look, are the differences. The blame- America-first, cut-and-run crowd also saw parallels between the Peloponnesian War and the Cold War, but they were wrong. American freedom prevailed in that global conflict. And the demagogues in congress who demanded immedi- ate withdrawal from Iraq (that sure worked out well) failed to note that the downfall of Athens was not Pericles' policy of strong Athenian military action against foreign threats. No, the destruction of Athens was Alcibiades, that calam- ity Of a man, who thought that greatness consisted in following, not leading, public opinion. Freedom is not free. This Memorial Day let us remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and honor them by committing ourselves to preserving American freedom in every way, big and small. 00,00PINELLIS UNCTION FACILITY7 Specializing in the art of celebration Wedding, Anniversary, Quinceaera, Reunion, Birthday, Social and Corporate Events. Convenient location and valet parking makes Spinelli's East Boston the perfect location. We are dedicated to the highest level of service and professionalism to .ensure the success of your special occasion. 280 Bennington Street, East Boston, MA Please Call 617-567-4499 spinellis.com The opinions expressed by our columnists  contributors are not necessarily the same as those of The Post-Gazette its pub- lisher or editor. 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