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By Mark Shriver

In this intimate portrait of a unprecedented father-son courting, Mark ok. Shriver discovers the ethical ideas that guided his mythical father and applies them to his personal life

When Sargent "Sarge" Shriver—founder of the Peace Corps and architect of President Johnson's warfare on Poverty—died in 2011 after a valiant struggle with Alzheimer's, hundreds of thousands of tributes poured in from buddies and strangers world wide. those tributes, which extolled the day-by-day kindness and humanity of "a solid man," moved his son Mark excess of those that lauded Sarge for his big-stage, headline-making accomplishments. After an entire life looking for the trail to his father's good fortune within the public enviornment, Mark in its place turns to a look for the key of his father's pleasure, his devotion to others, and his experience of function. Mark discovers notes and letters from Sarge; hears own tales from family and friends that 0 in at the 3 guiding rules of Sarge's life—faith, wish, and love—and recounts moments with Sarge that now tackle new price and poignancy. within the technique, Mark discovers a lot approximately himself, as a father, as a husband, and as a social justice suggest. A reliable Man is an inspirational and deeply own tale a couple of son gaining knowledge of the real that means of his father's legacy.

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Dio, who may well have been using Octavian’s memoirs, says that the future emperor took particular offence at her military posturing (which might well have stood in stark contrast to his own reputation as something of a poltroon). The poet Martial later excuses the raunchy character of his own verses with an epigram supposedly by Octavian. The poem suggests that Fulvia is battling out of sexual frustration, and she challenges him with the taunt ‘aut futue aut pugnemus’ (‘either screw me or let’s fight’).

15 In fact it was mainly the awareness of her descent from Augustus that would fuel the political ambitions of Agrippina. The prospect of her becoming, by virtue of this descent, ruler in her own right was never a serious one. This was not possible for a woman. 16 The Julian link did, however, give Agrippina a near-mystical status and would provide a powerful basis for the claims that were made on behalf of her son. To avoid the conflict that would be inevitable if powerful noble families competed for power, Augustus may have thought it desirable for the succession to fall to someone from his own kin.

Powerful families that did not have male issue would have recourse to adoption to create an artificial male line. 14 It might be going too far to say that Augustus laid down a legal principle of hereditary succession, but when the Julio-Claudian dynasty ended in AD 68 the short-lived emperor Galba could claim that Rome had in a sense become the ‘inherited property of a single family’. 15 In fact it was mainly the awareness of her descent from Augustus that would fuel the political ambitions of Agrippina.

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