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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, JUNE 19, 201 5 Stirpe by Prof. Edmund Turiello Nc,00,00tLra Aweeklycolumnhighlightingsome of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. SIBYLS AND THE SIBYLLINE BOOKS We are reminded that the female coun- terpart to a prophet is called a sibyl. Delving a bit further into the word *Sibyl", there appears to be a root expression, *the will of God" at- tached to it. Sibyl is also the name used dur- ing ancient times to identify those prophet- esses who were in- spired by some god, usu- ally Apollo, and some were even described as Apollo's daughters or fa- vorite wives. More often than not, they were considered to be maid- ens who lived near Michelangelo's rendering of the Erythraean Sibyl. springs that inspired a divine influence. This caused the sibyl to utter prophetic expressions while in a trance, daze, or frenzy. iMost confumon about sibyls seems to be ii their exact numbers. Plato, for instance, identified only one, while others named any dumber up to ten or twelve. The important sibyls that I recall at this time were the Erythraean, Cumaean, Delphian, Libyan, Persian, Samian, Egyptian, Babylonian, Cim- merian, Hellespontine, Phrygian and the Tiburtine. Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel ceiling frescoe is said to be the world's most powerful piece of painting. In addition to scenes which illustrate events from the Old Testament, he also enthroned seven prophets and five sibyls. The prophets are Jonah, Daniel, Isaiah, Zechariah, Joel, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah. The sibyls are Erythraea, who foretold the details of the passion of Christ and the Resurrection; Cumaea, who is credited with "God shall be born of a pure virgin and hold converse with sinners;" Delphica, or the Delphic Oracle, who, in addition to being consulted on national and personal matters, wrote many poems about the Incarnation, the virgin birth, the passion, the crucifixion and the Resurrection; the Libyian sibyl who said, "The day shall come when all men will see the King of all living things. A virgin, the mistress of the nations shall hold him in her lap, and shall reign in mercy;" and lastly, the Persian sibyl who said, "Satan shall be over- come by a true prophet. The " Lord shall be brought forth in the orb (center) of the lands;" and "1"he womb of a vir- gin shall be the salvation of the people." The Sibyline Books are quite often men- tioned in Roman history. They are a collec- tion Of oracular sayings or prophesies (nine books) in Greek hexameter verse. The books are attributed to the Hellespontic Sibyl, put together at the time of Solon (about 638 B.C.) and buried in the Temple of Apollo at Gergis, on Mount Ida. The col- lection found its way to Cumaea, who brought it to Rome during the reign of Tarquinius Superbus, the last king of regal Rome (about 500 B.C.). It is said that Cumaea offered the nine books to the king at an exorbitant price. He refused to pay the amount, so she burned six of the books. The king finally bought the remaining three books at the original price. These three books were preserved in a vault beneath the temple of Jupiter, but were destroyed when the capitol was burned in 83 B.C. The Ro- man Senate then sent out agents to acquire a new collection of similar oracular sayings, and this new collection was deposited in a restored temple. Sometime around 405 A.D. this second collection was also destroyed. NEXT ISSUE: Hercules, the Legendary Strong Man 2.875'& Res Publica by David Trumbull The Last Hope of Mankind Last week I discussed the first half of Daniel Webster's First Bunker Hill Oration; here is the rest. After his brief summary of the history of America, from Christopher Columbus to the Battle of Bunker Hill, our guide, Daniel Webster, next surveys tlre 50 years since the battle and finds progress both in America and abroad, although not at the same pace, which he compares to "vessels on a common tide, propelled by the gales at different rates, according to their several structure and management, but all moved forward by one mighty current, strong enough to bear onward whatever does not sink be- neath it." Knowledge, he says, has triumphed and mankind in 1825 are, *bet- ter fed and better clothed ... they are' able also to enjoy more leisure; they possess more refinement and more self-respect. A superior tone of education, manners, and habits prevail." More impor- tantly, he finds those past 50 years to have been given over to "the great question of politics and government." "A great wheel of political revolution," says Webster, "began to move in America." He compares the guarded regularity and safety of that wheel's rotation in America with its irregular and violent impulses elsewhere and concludes that America was fortunate in the condition of the land and character of the populace at the time of our Revolution. Americans, while under the authority of the mother country, had, LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Middlesex Division 208 Cambridge Street East Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MIISP2092EA Estate of MARIE BAZARBACHIAN Date of Death January 10, 2013 INFORMAL PROBATE PUBLICATION NOTICE To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, by Petition of Petitioner I'lagop J. Bazarhechian of Watertown, MA a Will has been admitted to informal probate. I-legop J. Bazarbechian of Wstertown, MA has been informally appointed as the Personal Representative of the estate to serve without surety on the bond. 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 betion the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested panes are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders terminating or restricting the powers of Per- sonal Representatives appointed under infor- rnal procedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 6/19/15 nevertheless, many years' experience of self-govern- ment as regards internal matters and were accus- tomed to some of the basic elements of our Constitu- tion: representative bodies, division of power, and checks and balances. He credits the character of the American people -- sober, moral, and religious -- for the restraint from plunder and spoil that might otherwise have at- tended our Revolution. Webster exhorts Ameri- cans to exult in the convic- tion that our Revolution was a beneficial example to the world. It is, however, an ex- ample that he would not nec- essarily apply as a template. *We are not propagandists," he says. *Wherever other systems are preferred ... we leave the preference to be enjoyed." However, given the favorable circumstances of America's experiment in democratic government, he concludes that if the repre- sentative system fails here, it is unlikely to ever suc- ceed. With America, he as- serts, rests "the last hope of mankind." This is a phrase that would be echoed by Abraham Lincoln in his December 1862 Annual Mes- sage to Congress ("the last besL hope of earth") and Ronald Reagan in his Janu- ary 1974 "We Will Be a City on a Hill" speech ("the last best hope of man on earth"). LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 768-5800 Docket No. MI15P3175EA Estate of WILLIAM DRINKWATER Also Known As WILLIAM A. DRINKWATER Date of Death May 3, 2015 CITATION ON PETITION FOR FORMAL ADJUDICATION To all interested persons: A Petition for Formal Probate of Will with Appointment of Personal Representative has been filed by Rlta M. Centrella of Mudford, MA requesting that the Court enter a formal Decree and Order and for such other relief as requested in the Petition. The Petitioner re- quests that Rita M. Centrella of Medford, MA be appointed as Personal Representative(s) of said estate to serve Without Surety on the bond in an unsupervised adminis'atlon. IMPORTANT NOllCE You have the dght to obtsin a copy of the Petitin h'm the Petltiner r st the Court" You have a right to oi:ect to this ixnceeding. To do so, you or your attorney mast file a written appearance and objection at this Court before 10:00 a.m. on the return date of July 10, 2015. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance and objection if you object to this proceed- ing. If you fail to file a timely written appear- ance and objection followed by an affidavit of objections within thirty (30) days of the return day, action may be taken without further notice to you. UNSUPERVISED ADMINISTRATION UNDER THE MASSACHUSETTS UNIFORM PROBATE CODE (MUPC) A.Personal Representative appointed under the MUPC in an unsupervised admin- istration is not required to file an inventory or annual accounts with the Court. Persons interested in the estate are entitled to no- tice regarding the administration direcUy h'om the Personal Representative and may petition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including the distribution of as- sets and expenses of administration. WITNESS, HON. EDWARD F. DONNELLY, JR., First Justice of this Court. Date: June 12, 2015 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 6/19/15 WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM