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Page 2 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 16, 2011 rpe by Prof. Edmund Turiello A weekly column highlighting some of the more interesting aspects of our ancestry.., our lineage.., our roots. AURELIUS THE EMPEROR After he" was adopted into the imperial household, Marcus' respect for his rela- tives, friends and finances remained unchanged. Had- rian died about six years later, leaving Antoninus Pius as heir to the throne. This is the time when Marcus worked very closely with the new emperor, did a tremendous amount of work for him, but still found time for his studies. Marcus soon married Faustina, the daughter of Antoninus Pius instead of Hadrian's grand- daughter. In spite of Faus- tina's extravagance and recklessness, he highly praised her obedience, sim- plicity and affection. Plus ruled for 23 years and when he saw that his end was drawing near he called his chief magistrates and friends around him and formally named Marcus Aurelius as his successor in the empire. He ordered that the golden statue of Fortune, which he normally kept in his own chamber, be transferred to that of Marcus, uttered the famous "Aequanimitas" to the Tri- bune of the night watch, and then expired. Marcus Aurelius was now forced by the Senate to as- sume the 6ffice of emperor. One of his first acts was to name an adopted brother as his colleague in the empire. He gave his colleague the name of Lucius Aurelius Verus Commodus, but also bestowed upon him the titles of Caesar and Augustus, however, history records him as just plain .Lucius Verus. This was the first time in history when two adopted brothers sat in joint rule of the Roman Empire. Having taken care of all preliminary matters with the Senate, the two rulers set out for the Praetorian Camp where they promised 20,000 sesterces apiece (about $1,000} to the common sol- diers and a proportionately larger amount to the officers. The joint rulers acted in such democratic fashion that even the lenient manner of Plus was not missed. Marcus pursued his philosophical in- terests while at the same time he cultivated the good- will of the people. Mother nature always has been able to find some way to disrupt any form of na- tional tranquility; the time of Marcus and Verus was no exception. A flood of the Tiber River, probably the most severe of their time, ruined houses, drowned ani- mals, and caused wide- spread famine. The joint emperors helped to alleviate the pain and suffering by their own personal financial aid. A volatile situation in Parthia now erupted into a full scale war, hostilities threatened to break out in Britain, and forces of the Catti tribes invaded Ger- many. Agricola, an excellent general, was sent to Britain, General Victorinus repelled the Catti, but the Parthian war became the personal concern of brother Verus. Marcus kept watch over the administration of the empire while Verus was successful in the prosecution of the war. At the end of hostilities each emperor was voted the name "Parthicus" and later "Father of His Country." NEXT WEEK: Aurelian Yard Sale Publica by David Trumbull Occupy Pre-School I don't know how I missed this when the City of Boston issued it at the end of Octo- ber, but even now, after the "Occupy Boston" group has vacated Dewey Square, it is still interesting, not to men- tion, hilarious, to read what the Boston Public Health Commission, Inspectional Services, Police and Fire De- partments really thought Occupy Boston: about the "occupiers." 'Wash your hands often with I quote directly from "Pub- soap and water for 20 seconds, lic Health & Safety Tips from after going to the bathroom, the City of Boston" published before eating, and after cough- October 26~ and addressed to ing or sneezing." "those at Dewey Square": Now that's good advice. It "Cold weather has arrived was when I was taught it in and nighttime temperatures will kindergarten and I still stand soon be below freezing ... Wear by it, as I stand by this advice several layers of loose-fitting, from the City of Boston to the lightweight, warm clothing occupiers: rather than one layer of heavy "Do not engage in negative clothing. The outer garments behavior, such as fighting, should be tightly woven and throwing objects, or destroying water repellent. If clothing be- property." comes wet, change into dry Shall we add, "biting," "run- clothing as soon as possible, ning with scissors," "eating Wear mittens over gloves, lay- paste," and "stomping your ering works for your hands feet and yelling 'Mine' until too. Wear a hat and cover your you get your way." Actually, mouth with a scarf to protect strike that one as that is the your lungs." very essence of the occupy Now I love to hear Button Up movement. Your Overcoat (1928; music by It's good to see that the City Ray Henderson; words by B.G. of Boston recognized the DeSylia and Lew Brown) put "99%" for what they are: over by torch singer Ruth spoiled kids - in some cases Etting or "boop-boop-a-doop superannuated kids--, and and mittens. The fact that some person or. persons in authority thought it neces- sary to inform the occupiers that a Boston winter can be cold and damp reflects badly on the intelligence of the oc- cupiers, or the city officials, or maybe both! Or how about this official City of Boston admonition to Si Parla Italiano 230 MSGIL O'BRIEN HIGHWAY " CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS 02141 !! Giovanni the Itali Taddy Press his furry paw, and in Italian he greets you, inviting you to re- spond. Join him when he counts to ten, and when he sings, "Giro, Giro, Tondo" and "La Bella Lavanderina." Listen while Giovanni teaches you 'Good Night" and "Good Bye" with the promise of seeing you again. 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