Oxford Latin Course, Ch 26
· You will receive a dossier
that indicates who your character will be and explains where you will
begin the game (your homeroom). You will also be given a list of your
team members and a list of five sets of objects and five rooms in which
to play the game.
· Write a brief description
of your character in Latin.
Before the game begins:
- Your character name is the Latin word followed by Roman
numeral of your group, e.g., ancillaI or uxor_ianitorisIV. There can
be no spaces in a character name on the MOO. Do not use your real name
as part of your character name.
- Customize yourself (@rename me as/@describe me as)
using the description you have already prepared. Be sure to end the
description by giving your real name.
- Meet the other characters in the location specified
in your dossier.
- Introduce your character to the rest of the group,
e.g., "salvete. ancilla sum, puella ingeniosa."
- Remember, you can only talk to people in the same room.
- Do not begin the game until everyone has introduced
The Object of the Game:
- The object of the game is to work together with
your team to get each set of objects in the appropriate room. The game
combines interaction in Latin with Roman culture. You need to determine
(by conversing in Latin) which set of objects are culturally appropriate
for the room you are assigned (your homeroom) and which are appropriate
for the common room. In other words, if you are assigned the rostra
as your homeroom, you might choose to collect the set of orators since
rostra is the speaker's platform. Each person will begin the game by
picking up two objects (take [object]). Other objects are scattered
throughout your site.
To Play the Game:
- You may carry only two objects at a time. You can either
trade with a person (give [obj] to [player])or leave an object
you are carrying (drop [object]) and pick up a new one (take
- You should always have at least one object in your
possession. If you put one down, you need to pick up another or
trade for another until all the objects are picked up and put into the
appropriate rooms. After you have collected the set of objects appropriate
for your homeroom and dropped them there, then proceed to the common
room with the remaining object. The game is over when everyone meets
there, each carrying an object from the remaining set.
- When you encounter a teammate, greet them, e.g. "salve,
ancilla" and ask each other which objects each person is carrying,
e.g., "botulum quaero. quid fers?" or "quid
habes?" The ancilla may respond: "botulum et pilam
habeo." If one of you has an object the other one needs, you
can offer to trade: "frigidam aquam pro botulo tradam."
If neither has a needed object, you can ask if they saw it "botulum
vidisti?" The response could be either that you saw it in a
certain room "botulum in apodyterio vidi" or you saw
someone carrying it "ancillam botulum portantem vidi."
- Only you can put culturally appropriate objects into
your homeroom. For example, if you are the ancilla and you have been
assigned the apodyterium, only you can put vestimenta there. Any item,
however, can be dropped in any room temporarily when exchanging it for
another that no one is carrying.
- Only two people can be in a room at the same time.
If you enter a room where two people are already present, either you
or someone else must leave before a transaction can occur.
- Once the group thinks that all the objects are in their
appropriate rooms and has met in the common room, call the magister/ra
to find out if you are correct.
Baths of Trajan (Reg. III)
Ancilla -ae, F., maid ___________ ____________
Botularius -ii, M., Sausage-seller ___________ ____________
Athleta -ae, M., athlete ___________ ____________
Puer -i, M., child ___________ ____________
aqua frigida -ae, F., cold water ___________ ____________
plumbum -I, N., lead weight ___________ ____________
botulus -I, M., sausage ___________ ____________
pila -ae, F., ball ___________ ____________
vestimenta -orum, N. Pl., clothes ___________ ____________
apodyterium (A) -ii, N., changing room ___________ ____________
atrium -ii, N., entrance ___________ ____________
frigidarium -ii, N., cold room ___________ ____________
natatio -onis, F., swimming pool ___________ ____________
palaestra -ae, F., wrestling ground ___________ ____________
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