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Oxford Latin Course, Ch 26

Leges Ludi

Before class:

· 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 her/himself.

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 [object]).
  • 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)

Accusative Ablative

Dramatis Personae

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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