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,.,., PAGE 2 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 16, 2017 by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. Brings Campaign to Eastie Waterfront by Sal Oiarratani i CLAUDIUS' PATRONAGE A Roman litter. Claudius annulled a rule enacted by Tiberius which prevented men 60 years of age or more from having children (Claudius was over 50 at the timeb He passed a law stating that anyone who was banished from one of Rome's distant provinces was considered to be banished from all of Italy, and also decreed that only fourth-generation Roman citizens could hold the office of senator. Claudius instituted many changes in the mili.tary ranks; probably the most interesting is the one which established a fictitious kind of service which was called %upernumeraryf Persons in this category re- ceived credit for military ser- vice, but were never actually called upon to fight. This name is still being used today to de- note standby personnel for military details. Soldiers were forbidden to enter the houses of senators and the property of former slaves who tried to pass themselves off as Roman knights was confiscated. Some men were in the habit of taking their sick or worn- out slaves and exposing them to die rather than pay the ex- pense of their convalescence. Claudius decreed that any slave who recovered would be freed and he further decreed that anyone who killed a worn- out slave rather than to aban- don him was liable to a charge of murder. No travelers were permitted to pass through Italy by horse-drawn vehicles. They were required to walk or to be carried in a chair or litter. Claudius also forbade men of foreign birth from using typical Roman names, and any non-citizen who fraudulently accepted privileges of Roman citizenship was executed. He deprived the people of the province of Lycia (Asia Minor) of their independence because of deadly internal feuds, and he restored independence to the island of Rhodes because they had given up all of their former faults. The people of Ilium (ancient Troy) were granted perpetual exemption from any kind of tribute to Rome or its emperors on the grounds that they were the founders of the Roman race. He also expelled all Jews from Rome because of their constant disturbances. It was said of Claudius that the conduct of his office and decrees were strongly influenced not by himself, but by his wives and close friends, since he usually acted in their best interests and desires. He did not play the role of an emperor, but as their servant, lavishing great honors, the command of Roma n legions, pu ishrnetnts, or even pardons according to their wish or whim. NEXT ISSUE: Claudius' Old Roman Music L-R: Sushil Amin, City Councilor Michael Flaherty, and Jack Scalcione. Bosco Diecidue with Lisa Cappuccio. You can tell campaign season is upon us when you start notic- ing all the political gathertng~ that are getting scheduled in Boston's many neighborhoods. Over at the Reel House in The Eddy residential high-rise, a large crowd showed up on Thursday, June ist, to sup- port City Councilor Michael Flaherty's East Boston Kick- off down by the waterfront. His East Boston supporters I put together a large turnout and the restaurant venue by Boston Harbor was spectacu- lar. A few came:0v r by water taxi from Charlestown instead of driving all around world in rush hour traffic; it was one short hop from Charlestown in what seemed like minutes. Flaherty is a big East Boston favorite over the years and gr.e L.l eo! help- ing him locally alllpaign after -I campaign. Hundreds of Dogs to Compete at the June Strawberry Classic Dog Show The North Shore Kennel Club, Inc., in conjunction with the Middlesex County Kennel Club, Inc., and the Concord Dog Training Club, bring you the annual June Strawberry Classic. Hundreds of dogs and their owners will get a chance to strut their stuffin the show ring Friday, June 16~, through Sunday, June 18% at the Grand lh-ix Polo Fields, 435 Bay Road, South Hamilton. The event will open at 9:00 am, on Friday and 8:00 am on Saturday and Sunday. There will be four specialty shows for Golden Retrievers over the three days as well as a special mounted Foxhound demo by the Myopia Hunt Club Master. The event is great for the whole family and is free to the public with just a small parking fee. SPECTATORS CAN: Watch owner-handlers compete in a special series called the National Owner- Handled Series. These exhibitors are striving for a spot in the Finals at the AKC National Champi- onship presented by Royal Canin in Orlando in December. (FRI-SAT). See young owner-handlers compete against their peers in the Junior Showmanship Competition. (FRI-SAT]. Watch a special Foxhound demo hosted by the Myopia Hunt Club Master. (SAT ONLY - 12:00 PM). See puppies getting started in the sport in the AKC Sanctioned 4 and under 6 Months Puppy Competition along with a Best Veteran Competition. (SUN ONLY) For a complete list of activates, go to L-R: Douglas Call, Deborah PoHto, and Sher/ffSteve Tompk/ns. READ YOUR WAY TO FENWAY Begins at Boston Public Library Boston Public Library's annual Read Your Way to Fenway summer reading contest is underway, in which children and teens ages 5-17 read a minimum of three books for a chance to win tickets to watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park on Sunday, August 27th at 1:35 pm vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Readers may download an application in English or Spanish via or pick up an application at any Boston Public Library location. "Boston Public Library is extremely grateful to our sponsors for their support; YOUR Read Your Way to Fenway is an ideal educational program that keeps children invested in reading out of school and provides an opportunity to experience a great summertime tradition at one of America's most beloved ballparks," said Farouqua Abuzeit, Youth Services Manager for Boston Public Library. Essays are due to any BPL location on August ist. Winners, accompanied to the game by a parent or guardian; receive three Red Sox tickets and a Red Sox t-shirt, hat, backpack, and vouchers for food at Fenway Park. Read Your Way to Fenway is generously sponsored by John Hancock, the Red Sox Foundation, and the Boston Public Library. To learn more, visit L-R: Standing, Kelly, Kim and Sandy Vernare with Joe Ruggiero. Seated, Jack Vernare and Johnny "Two Dogs" Roberto. (Photos by Sal Giarratani}