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Page2 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 6, 2014 Stir00 Nostra by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. MARTIAL An epigram can be defined as a short poem with a witty point or ending. The term "epi- gram" was no doubt derived from the Latin "epigramma," which in turn means inscrip- tion or short poem. During ancient times these were carved on a tomb or tombstone, and put into some kind of rhyme or meter. The greatest master of epigrams was the Greek writer Simonides of Ceos. He was the author of many inscriptions that were placed on the tombs of the soldiers who per- ished in the Persian Wars. The epigram was also a favorite form of expression in all later ages. One collection of early Greek poems and stories shows at least 4,500 epigrams which were written by more than 300 poets. It is quite evident then, that the epigram was no frivolous or passing fad, and from the Greek writers, the style passed on to the Romans. Our scholarly Roman for this week is probably the most famous of all Latin epi- grammatists. His full name was Marcus Valerius Martialis, and history now refers to him as just plan Martial. He was bom in Spain and then moved to Rome in 65 A.D. where he resided for about thirty-five years. He earned a living as a professional poet, writing verses that were commissioned by wealthy patrons, and was also high in the favor of Emperors Titus and Domitian. He prepared a book of spectacles in their honor called "Liber Spectaculorum" which cel- ebrates the opening of the Coliseum in the year 80 A.D. The inauguration lasted for one hundred days, during which time five thousand ani- mals and many gladiators were killed, there- fore the term "spectacle" is not improper. The extant (still existing) works of Martial include: (a) 1,500 epigrams in 14 books. These are called "Epigrammata". (b) "Liber Spectaculorum" as noted above, which totaled 33 epigrams in a single book. The epigrams of Martial are distinguished by his great imagination, wit, and the pleas- antness of his style. His work also furnishes a great source of information on national customs, morals, manners, and daily life in Roman society during the first century of the empire. NEXT ISSUE: Lucan REVERE RUNS 5K WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, JUNE 7 th Free City-Wide Fitness Challenge Ends with 5K Road Race The 2 nd Annual Revere Runs 5K will kick- off on Saturday, June 7 th at 9:00 A.M. In ad- dition to the race, there will be a Health Fair with free children's activities. A portion of the proceeds will go towards High School Scholarships for children study- ing in the fields of health and wellness 5K Road Race and Health Fair, Whelan School (parking lot), 107 Newhall Street, Revere, Massachusetts. Same Day Registrations from 7:30 am to 8:30 am, accepting cash payment only. THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION and THE BOSTON REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY invite you to attend the first public meeting on the GREENWAY RAMP PARCEL STUDY Thursday, June 26, 2014 .....  ' PM at the BRA Boston City Hall, 9 th Floor, Board Room Staff from MassDOT and the BRA, along with their consultant team, will provide an introduction to the Ramp Parcel Study. The Ramp Parcel Study will review the current conditions of Central Artery/Tunnel Parcels 6, 12, and 18 as part of the state requirement to cover the ramps, and provide recom- mendations for each parcel's permanent surface treatment. This first meeting will also offer the public an opportunity to begin to share their vision for the ramp parcels. If you have any questions, please contact: JOHN ROMANO LAUREN N. SHURTLEFF Legislative Liaison, MassDOT Senior Planner, BRA email: email: This meeting space is accessible to people with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation (such as American Sign Language Interpret- ers, assistive listening devices, handouts in alternate formats, etc.) and/or language assistance to fully participate, please contact John Romano at MassDOT at 857-368-8905 or john.romano before June 13th. Such accommodations will be provided free of charge. . Saving Private Abdullah? from ear to ear. Bob Bergdahl, the father praises "Allah the most merciful" and says he is proud of his son for fight- ing for the Afghan people. Which Afghan people, the Taliban? Meanwhile, you couldn't wipe the smile over Obama's face. The Pentagon is now say- ing that no decision has been made about the Bergdahl case. When a reporter asked about the serviceman's present status, they were told his status was "un- known." What the heck is unknown? When Bergdahl "wandered off" base, he was classi- fied as a deserter, did that status get changed, and why?. The more we know, the less we know. Multimedia sources are now saying that sometime in 2010, the Bergdahl report was sealed until 2019. Why? The rock star in the White House is treating the soldier who wandered off as another hero. I am wonder- ing, will the homecoming parade in Idaho be held before or after the guy's court martial? Our mainstream media is useless. Want to know what's happening, you have to go to the British mainstream media like the Sunday London Times that reported that according to Taliban officials, Bergdahl now calls himself "Abdullah" and con- verted to Islam too. I trust what members of (Continued from Page I) his unit and platoon have been saying since the five for one trade. The guy is a deserter. When relieved from guard duty, he fled on foot minus his gun, armor, and helmet. In the weeks prior he reportedly mailed his entire personal belong- ings home according to numerous media reports. Why aren't the liberals up on Capitol Hill and in the mainstream media saying that we traded five danger- ous guys for one possible de- serter? That is the question being asked by Sgt. Matt Verdant who served with Bergdahl in the 1 st Battalion, 501 st Para- chute Infantry. Ask Nathan Bradley Bethea who served as one of Bergdahl's officers. As far as they are concerned, he deserted. End of story. Where is the outcry from Democrats? Why aren't they speaking out over this out- rageous deal? Basically, Nancy Pelosi may be speak- ing for too many Democrats when she says if Obama does it, it must be okay. By the way, when it comes to leaving no one behind, I guess it doesn't go for ailing veterans dying while waiting for their next VA appoint- ment. Oh, and don't ask me about Benghazi too. When I think of this whole new outrage, I am reminded of the words of Thomas Paine back on December 23, 1776 who said, "These are times that try men's souls." North End Resident Anna Campo Celebrates 90 th Birthday Mrs. Anna Campo, a lifelong resident of the North End of Boston, will celebrate her 90 th birthday on June 5 th with family and friends. A devoted member of the Madonna del Soccorso Society, Anna is the organization's oldest living "flying angel" an accomplishment she is incredibly proud of. In 1946, Anna married the late Anthony "Tony" CaIl0 and together they raised three daughters: Camille Carregal of Malden; Rita Sacco of East Boston; and Nadine Solimine of Peabody. Anna enjoys cooking for her family, playing bingo with her friends at her Ausonia residence, and bragging about her seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Anna's family would like to express their pride and gratitude for the wonderful traditions and values Anna has instilled. Happy 90 th Birthday, Nana Anna, We love youI Happens You For information on advertising in the Post-Gazette, ca]] 617-227-8929.