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Romanes Eunt Domus
July 18, 2007 4:21 PM   Subscribe

For the ancient pedants amongst you: Roman Trivia. Part of an excellent website on Roman history.
posted by Eekacat (12 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
I got 3 correct, I suck!
posted by Eekacat at 4:31 PM on July 18, 2007


BTW -- be sure to check out these AskMe threads regarding Roman history -- 1 , 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. There are links to other fine websites, books and resources in them.
posted by ericb at 4:37 PM on July 18, 2007


cool site. very difficult trivia. i only got one right, and i feel like i know a bit about roman history. at least, i thought i did.
posted by Flood at 4:46 PM on July 18, 2007


HBO's Rome has put me on a Roman kick, like getting the book "Rubicon". I knew the public school -level outlines, but not to what extent what went on has survived. I doubt our republic will last as long as theirs.
posted by Heywood Mogroot at 4:48 PM on July 18, 2007


So, this would be of particular interest to very old pedants? I would think it would be interesting to any pedant interested in classics or the ancient world. But I wouldn't know, because I'm not pedantic. Ever.
posted by freebird at 4:53 PM on July 18, 2007


Three quarters of Ancient Mediterranean Civ with Richard Saller and I got nothing, which I think stands as a testimony to exactly how high I was that year.
posted by The Straightener at 4:54 PM on July 18, 2007


SPQR=Senatus Populusque Romanus, wow, I forgot all about that. Thanks for the post!
posted by snsranch at 5:13 PM on July 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


Alright, so I'm a failure as an ancient pedant. But if you pull my finger...
posted by davy at 6:18 PM on July 18, 2007


CENTURION:
What's this, then? 'Romanes Eunt Domus'? 'People called Romanes they go the house'?
BRIAN:
It-- it says, 'Romans, go home'.
CENTURION:
No, it doesn't. What's Latin for 'Roman'? Come on!
BRIAN:
Aah!
CENTURION:
Come on!
BRIAN:
'R-- Romanus'?
CENTURION:
Goes like...?
BRIAN:
'Annus'?
CENTURION:
Vocative plural of 'annus' is...?
BRIAN:
Eh. 'Anni'?
CENTURION:
'Romani'. 'Eunt'? What is 'eunt'?
BRIAN:
'Go'. Let--
CENTURION:
Conjugate the verb 'to go'.
BRIAN:
Uh. 'Ire'. Uh, 'eo'. 'Is'. 'It'. 'Imus'. 'Itis'. 'Eunt'.
CENTURION:
So 'eunt' is...?
BRIAN:
Ah, huh, third person plural, uh, present indicative. Uh, 'they go'.
CENTURION:
But 'Romans, go home' is an order, so you must use the...?
BRIAN:
The... imperative!
CENTURION:
Which is...?
BRIAN:
Umm! Oh. Oh. Um, 'i'. 'I'!
CENTURION:
How many Romans?
BRIAN:
Ah! 'I'-- Plural. Plural. 'Ite'. 'Ite'.
CENTURION:
'Ite'.
BRIAN:
Ah. Eh.
CENTURION:
'Domus'?
BRIAN:
Eh.
CENTURION:
Nominative?
BRIAN:
Oh.
CENTURION:
'Go home'? This is motion towards. Isn't it, boy?
BRIAN:
Ah. Ah, dative, sir! Ahh! No, not dative! Not the dative, sir! No! Ah! Oh, the... accusative! Accusative! Ah! 'Domum', sir! 'Ad domum'! Ah! Oooh! Ah!
CENTURION:
Except that 'domus' takes the...?
BRIAN:
The locative, sir!
CENTURION:
Which is...?!
BRIAN:
'Domum'.
CENTURION:
'Domum'.
BRIAN:
Aaah! Ah.
CENTURION:
'Um'. Understand?
BRIAN:
Yes, sir.
CENTURION:
Now, write it out a hundred times.
BRIAN:
Yes, sir. Thank you, sir. Hail Caesar, sir.
CENTURION:
Hail Caesar. If it's not done by sunrise, I'll cut your balls off.
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:45 PM on July 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


Niftyium
posted by Smedleyman at 7:59 PM on July 18, 2007


I only got two, maybe three at a stretch, sub-questions. Thoroughly subjugated.
posted by Abiezer at 8:43 PM on July 18, 2007


Having way too much fun on that site.

Cool post.
posted by figment of my conation at 11:49 PM on July 18, 2007


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