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Page 2 POST-GkZETTE, JUNE 27, 2014 Nostra by Prof, Edmund Turiello . A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our. ancestry.,, our lineage.., our roots. SENECA Lucius Annaeus Seneca was more commonly called Seneca The Philosopher. He was born in Spain about 3 B.C., brought to Rome at an early age, and educated by some of the most eminent philosophers of the time.• His enthusiastic 'acceptance of their teachings and life- -style caused him to emulate' their way of life. He also became a brilliant lawyer. The Emperor Caligula soon became .jealous, and a severe critic Of Seneca, and conse- quently marked him for de- struction. Seneca was sub- sequently spared because of ill health, arid also because Death of Seneca painted by of rumors that he would soonPeter Paul Rubens die a naturial death. SenecaWe are told that Seneca surprisingly rose to great was one of the most brilliant prominence under the suc~ figures of his time, and equal c.eeding Emperor Clauflius, to the greatest intellectuals but he also made enemies of the Silver Age. of some powerful officials. His prose works were After being accused of inti- numerous and important. macies with a relative of the These ir~cluded many former Emperor Tiberius, speeches which were writ- Seneca was banished to ten for Nero, several trea- Corsica for about eight tises, .a biography of his years. Through the interven-father, a panegyric (praise) tion of Agrippina (wife of of the famous Messalina, Claudius) he was returned and a number of books of to Rome to tutor her son letters• Nero.. The greatness of Seneca Nero became emperor probably stems from his after the death of Claudius,narratives on morality. Many and it is reported that dur-of his letters were written ing his early yearS, the only as sermons, while others decent part of his reign wasattacked the vices of that brought about as a i-esult of time. He was one of the fore- Seneca's guidance. This most stoic philosophers of period was known as the Rome. Much of his literary "gold quinquennlum" (golden work greatly influenced five years)•'It soon became Italian and French classi- evident that Nero could not cal drama during the be controlled. He turned Renaissance period of many against Seneca, and in time co .untries. caused him to commit NEXT ISSUE: Quintilian suicide• ! FUNCTION FA CILITY Please accept sincere condolences, from the • Spinelli's family and staff. During this difficult time, we would like to offer our facility at a specially reduced price, for you, your family and friends. SERVED UPON ARRIVAL Coffee, Mini Danish Pastries and Tea Breads BUFFET LUNCHEON MENU Tossed Salad, Assorted Roils with Butter Chicken, Ziti and Broccoli Alfredo Eggplant Parmigiana Italian Sausages, Onions and Potatoes Above price does not include a 15% Administration Fee and a 7% Mass State Tax. 280 BENNINGTON STREET, EAST BOSTON, MA Telephone: 617-567-4499 www.spinelli .com J • Freedom of the Press (Continued from Page I) in the exhibit," she contin- ued, "makes me feel part of • history. I embrace my Italian heritage!" Among all the "Little Italics" in America, the Post- Gazette, was the only news- paper chosen to represent the Italian-American exper- ience• It was on display among newspapers serving scores of immigrant and minority communities -- Chinese, German; Japa- nese, Spanish, .and other lan- guages -- too many to count. "The plan from the begin- ning was to publish in En- glish," explained Pam, when asked why the Italian-lan- guage Gazetta early on transitioned into the En- glish-language Gazette. Pam's grandfather saw his role as publisher as encour- -aging and assisting the new arrivals from Italy in better- ing themselves, and that meant learning •the language of America -- English• And better themselves they did! Most of the Italians who came to America in the 1890s through 1920s, arrived with little money, limited job prospects due to lack of English-language skills, and facing prejudice and mistreatment• Early efforts, such as those of the Gazetta/Gazette, helped Italians in America better themselves and paid tremendous dividends. By the middle of the 20~ century the second generation was educated and ready to take their places in commerce, the professions, and politics• Today, with ever increasing appreciation of the varieties of Italian cuisine, fashion, art, music, and literature, and the Italian love of fam- ily, it seems everyone wants to be Italian. Post-Gazette col- umnist David Trumbull (English-Scots-German) who considers himself "Italian by- marriage" said of the exhibit, "It was fascinating tO see, through their newspapers, how the experiences of im- migrant and minority groups in American were so similar, but also unique.." Italians were quick to learn English• Spanish-speaking Americans -- often living in parts of North America that had spoken Spanish for two c~nturies before the English-speaking United States acquired, throug.h war or purchase, those ter- ritories -- felt less a need to switch to English• For most of our history =-- dntil 1917 when the U.S. ,entered Loved, Ones The Post-Gazette accepts, memorials throughout the year Please call 617-227-8929 The front page of the Post-Gazette is on display each week at the Newseum ethnic exhibit. L-R: Luciano Graffeo, Pamela Donnaruma, David Trumbull and Mary DiZazzo. World War I -- German-lan- guage papers served a com- munity big enough to sway elections, which is why such office-seekers as Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lin- coln owned German-lan- guage papers. It was the Ger- man press in America that first asserted the rights of the press now enshrined in our First Amendment. S'o impor- tant are newspapers in American. life that during World War II, Japanese- Americans relocated to detention camps published camp newspapers and con- tinued to fight for press freedom. T'o this day America's im- migrant and minority papers serve their communities well and in so doing, they promote, each in its own way, the policy stated on Page 3 of ev- ery issue of the Post-Gazette: "To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to re- spect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this cotmtry greater and better than we found it." . The exhibit is at the Newseum, 500 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C., through January 4, 2015. North End Athletic Association GOLF TOURNAMENT IN MEMORY OF CARMEN "TILLY" DE MARTINO MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2014 7:30 a.m. (shot gun start) ANDOVER COUNTRY CLUB Canterbury Street, Andover, MA More than 144 golfers participate in this sold-out tournament an13uaUy. It is important that you save the date and plan on joining us on Monday, August 4% GOLF, LUNCH AND RAFFLE PRIZES ... The money raised from this tournament allows the North End Athletic Association to purchase uniforms and equipment for sporting events and add to exiting programs. The North End Athletic Association is a 54-year-old organization which provides athletic, social, educational and civic activities within the .community and the City of Bostoru For further information, please contact.• Louis Cavagnaro at 617-523-7410 I .................................... WWW.BOSTONPOSTGAZETTE.COM