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Page2 POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 TITUS THE DISSEMBLER Titus Flavius Sabinus Ves- pasianus was the first son of the emperor Vespasian and Flavia Domitifla. He was born in Rome on December 30, 41 A.D. named after his father and educated at the Court of Claudius. During his youth he was the con- stant companion of Britanni- cus the son of Claudius who was poisoned by Nero. Dur- ing their younger days they were very close, and it is be- lieved that when Britanni- cus drank-that fatal cup of poison, Titus also tasted a bit of it because he suf- fered from a stomach disor- der for a long time. Later, Titus dedicated two statues to Britannicus; one in gold and the other in ivory. As a young man Titus was good looking, possessed great dig- nity, grace, strength and had an extraordinary memory and aptitude for the arts. He was also skillful in the use of arms, horsemanship, languages, music, made speeches, wrote verses in Greek as well as Latin, and even developed a form of shorthand which he used with great speed. It is said that he could imitate any handwriting and often jested that he could have become the prince of forgers. Titus served with distinction in the Roman legions that were stationed in Britain and Germany. He com- manded his own legion while serving under his father in the Palestanian kvar. When Vespasian be- came emperor he left his son in command of the war before returning to Rome. Titus fought gallantly throughout the Palestine War and became so popular that he was suspected of attempting to replace his father as king of the East. Because of these rumors he hastened to Rome at the con- clusion of the war in 70 A.D. to join his father for a victory celebration. Titus remained there to assist the emperor as partner and protector. He took upon himself the dis- charge of many duties, wrote edicts and letters in his fathers name, and read the emperor's speeches in the Senate. His earlier days in Rome were marred by known incidents of his cru- elty while in command of the Praetorian Guard, and by rumors of his fondness for boys and eunuchs. Most noteworthy during this time however, was his scandal- ous affair with Berenice, the sister of King Herod Agrippa II. Pressure groups eventu- ally forced him to send her away from Rome. He succeeded his father in July of 79 A.D. and his government turned out to be an agreeable surprise to those who had anticipated a return to the times of Nero. He was highly praised when youthful faults gave way to imperial dignity, compas- sion, integrity, and virtue. He also selected as his subordinates, men who pos- sessed these same quali- ties. During, his entire reign as emperor, Titus dis- played a sincere desire for the happiness of the people, and he did all that he could to help them, especially in times of distress. He also vowed to keep his hands free from blood and it is said that he kept his resolution. He also maintained a fixed rule not to let anyone go away from an imperial visit with- out hope. Even when his advisors warned him that he was promising more than he could possibly deliver, he said that it was not proper for anyone who was inter- viewed by his emperor to leave in sorrow. On one oc- casion he remembered that he had done nothing for any- body all that day and said "Friends, I have lost a day." He even visited the baths which he built, in company with the commoners. NEXT WEEK: Volcano Fire, and Plague HOTEL CONCIERGES ATTN BOSTON EXPERTS The POST-GAZETTE newspaper is a paper of general circulation. We are qualified to accept legal notices from any court in each we serve. For information on placing a Legal Notice in the POST-GAZETTE, please call (617) 227-8929; or mail notice to: POST-GAZETTE P.O. BOX 135 BOSTON, MA 02113 Attn: Legal Notices Res Publica by David Trumbull Terrorist Plot Fails On the morning of Tuesday, Septem- ber Ii, 2001, ten terrorists hijacked two airplanes (American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175) that de- parted Boston with a scheduled desti- nation of Los Angeles. The intention of the hijackers un- mercifully brought to completion was the deliberate destruc- tion of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan on a day and h6ur chosen to kill the maximum number of innocent civilians: men, women and children of every race, religion and nationality. Five terrorists hijacked the Dulles, Virginia, to Los Angeles American Airlines Flight 77 and crashed it into the Pentagofi. Another four terrorists hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark to San Francisco for simi- lar nefarious ends, but brave passengers regained control and crashed the plane near Shanksville, Pennsylvania before the terrorists-could reach their target in Washing- ton, D.C. In all, 19 hijackers and about 3,000 innocent persons were killed, four airplanes were destroyed and there was sub- stantial loss of property and disruption of economic activity in lower Manhattan. We must never forget or minimize the losses incurred due to the unprovoked and unjustifiable attacks, on September 11, 2001. However, even weighing the losses in human life, property and economic activity, and the inconveniences we now undergo at airport security checkpoints and other places, the conclusion, the only possible conclusion, is that the terrorist attacks failed. The terrorists thought that such dramatic scenes as airplanes flying into buildings and some of the tallest structures in America collapsing into the earth would shake American resolve to fight. Just the opposite happened. America strengthened her resolve to fight terrorists around the world. While the terrorists may have thought they were bringing the fight to American soil, the result was a U.S. invasion, and the overthrowing of the regimes of Afghani- stan and Iraq. In the past ten years, there has been no successful major terrorist attack in America. They failed to effect any substantive change in U.S. policy toward the Near and Middle-East. They failed to.cripple us economically. They failed to unite the Muslim world in a holy war against the United States. It is said that the hijackers believed that they would die martyrs to Islam and be received into Heaven (a Heaven which, if popular accounts are to be believed, sounds rather like Hugh Hefner's Playboy Mansion). The notion that an all-merciful God rewards mass murders with the delights of paradise is, on its face, an absurd proposition. Yes, even in regards to their expectation for personal reward, the 9/11 terrorists failed. God bless the U.S.A. and the freedom-loving, people of America! City Experts & Expedia Local Service are expanding to Boston• Are you looking for an exciting career? Do you love Boston & what this exciting city has to offer? ~ If so, we have the perfect career oppty for you! 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