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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, JuNE 10,2011 ' Stir e L . by Prof. Edmund Turiello N os tra of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. NERO'S GOLDEN HOUSE Nero might have held the Christians responsible for the Roman conflagration of 64 A.D., but history places the responsibility directly upon him. It is said that the great fire was the only way that he could have com- pleted a wholesale eviction of hundreds of thousands of residents in order to clear the land for the erection of his golden house. This memorable confla- gration during Nero's reign started near the Circus Maximus and then driven by a hot, oppressive, dust laden wind from the Libyan Desert, called a "sirocco," it swept through the valley between the Palatine and Caelian Hills The fire was finally stopped six days later at the Esqualine Hill. More than a hundred thousand homeless Romans were transferred to the gardens of Agrippina, Nero's inherited property on the other side of the Tiber, where just by chance a great number of tents and small one room sheds were ready and wait- ing to receive the homeless: Nero then had all of the land he needed for his planned palace and a lot more to spare. He rebuilt this spare area in strict ac- cordance with a new build- ing code which specified fire- proof materials and height restrictions. Some say that the reconstruction was a great benefit to Rome, but is this justification for the countless numbers of Chris- tians who were blamed for the fire, and then. merci- lessly persecuted because of it? Oh how history would have been changed if this cruel and evil man had never walked on the face of the earth. The first archi- tects ever to be mentio.ned by name in the history of Rome were Celer and Severous. They poured the emperor's wealth and their skills into the construction of what became known as Nero's Golden House It oc- cupied the space of nearly a square mile in the midst of the city This was not a con- tinuous building that occu- pied the two hill-tops and the connecting ground; the en- tire area was enclosed by three colonnades, each about a mile long, and there also was a grand entrance portico which faced the Fo- rum. Within this enclosure they built the imperial resi- dence. The v.estibule was large enough to contain a colossal statue of the em- peror which was over one hundred feet high. The din- ing room ceiling had panels which could release a shower of flowers and were fitted with pipes for sprin- kling the guests with per- fume. The main banquet hall was circular and when in use was constantly being revolved by slave-power. The area corttained beau- tiful parks, gardens and vineyal-ds, including large (Continued on Page 12) Are you, or someone you love, an older adult needs are changing? Elder Service Plan helps older adults stay in our community and live in their own homes, for as long as possible. As a Medicare-approved ram of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), we provide the care that allows each participant to live with dignity and in the place they call home, FRA I DUE MALI SCEGLI IL MINORE. Choose the/east of two evils. provide and coordinate the many different services an older adult may require, such as Primary and specialty medical care Home nursing and personal care Rehabilitation " Social interaction Medications without co-pays and coverage gaps Transportation to PACE Day Health Centers and medical appointments The Elder Service Plan is the ideal solution for older adults and families who want an alternative to nursing home care, but need a care partner to arrange for the right combination of services to keep a loved one at home, To find out more, call 617-568-6377 or visit us at www.ebnhc.drg/elderservice. Res Publica by David Trumbull Flying the Colors Tuesday, June 14% is Flag Day. Fly your American flag proudly. And be sure to ob- serve these regulations: no disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing, Regimental colors, State flags, and orga- nization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor. (a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances Of extreme danger to life or property, {b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise. (c) The flag should never be carried flat or horizon- tally, but always aloft and free. (d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but al- ways allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red be- low, should be used for cov- ering a speaker's desk, drap- ing the front of the platform, and for decoration in gen- eral. (e) The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way. (I) 'The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling, (g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, let- ter, word, figure, design, pic- ture, or drawing of any na- ture. (h) The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything. (i) The flag should never be used for advertising pur- poses in any manner what- soever. It should not be em= broidered on such articles as cushions or handker- chiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs shotdd not be fastened to a staff or hal- yard from which the flag is flown. (j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. How- ever, a flag patch may be af- fixed to the uniform of mili- tary personnel, firemen, po- licemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself consid- ered a living thing. There- fore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart. (k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. Source: United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 Section 6. TRUTH by Judean Langone Only God can make a flower blossom. 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