Listen to the audio feed from TSTT Mission Control as you read, operatives.
t Marcus? es
Marcus Maecēnās est . Marcus in Pompēiīs . Marcus in vīllā . . Societās Potentium Lapidem .
Sextum Marcus nōn . Sextus est .
quis est Sextus?
Sextus Aemiliānus est vir . Sextus quoque in vīllā in Pompēiīs habitat. ille dūcit. Mīlitēs Lapidis et Lapidem .
|Subject (nominative)||Direct Object (accusative)|
Operative, please note the role of the ending -m in these pairs of words.
Malus relinquit chartam
The bad man leaves behind a map: chartam is the object of relinquit
next to the rock: saxum is the object of prope.
In the above example, malus is the subject of the verb relinquit, because the bad man is the one doing the leaving. The chartam is the object of the verb relinquit, because the map is the thing being acted upon (that is, the map is what is being left behind). In Latin, we give the subject an ending frequently referred to as the nominative case, while the object is given an ending called the accusative case.
Operative, you are advised not to get too comfortable with -m! We regret to inform you that -m will be used for several different things (for example, saxum ends with -m in its subject-form, also), and that other endings will be used for objects as well. For now, it is most important that you be aware that the difference between subject and object is indicated in Latin by the use of different endings.
You may find it helpful to view this video about the nominative and accusative cases courtesy of latintutorial.com.
Operative, -issimus is the ending of an adjective (descriptive word) called the superlative. It’s very similar to our English ending “-est.” the largest, fastest, etc.
|relinquit||she/he leaves behind||verb|
Operative, in this TSTT-immersion, the TSTT employs our priceless knowledge of the Roman town of Pompeii to assist you in reaching mission objectives.
You may find information about Pompeii through the following links, and you are advised to do so as necessary in order to improve your TSTT-attunement. In particular, the Demiurge advises that you learn as much as you can about daily life (what Romans ate, what Romans wore, what Romans did all day) in Pompeii, in order to function as efficiently as possible in your TSTT-immersions. The display of this attunement will be registered by the TSTT and rewarded with additional Latinity Points.
The Demiurge advises that a working knowledge of the structure of the Roman house will be of utmost importance in fulfilling mission objectives on several levels. Operatives will need to be able to find things in a Roman house. They will also be called upon to make important conceptual analysis of the relation of the structure of the Roman house to the workings of Roman society more general. The Demiurge therefore advises operatives to study the following diagram carefully, and use it as a guide to your actions in your TSTT immersions.
The Demiurge also advises that operatives dig deeper into the structure of the Roman house. In the following image, you will see the important features of the atrium of the Roman house, especially the larārium and the lectus geniālis. The Demiurge advises that you consider whether there are similar items to be found in modern houses.
Sextus' villa in the TSTT's version of Pompeii is actually the very real House of Menander, excavated between 1926 and 1932. Operatives are encouraged to explore the features of this sprawling home.
For a visual walkthrough of a Roman house, feel free to watch this briefing courtesy of ancientvine.com:
Directions: Choose the correct word to complete the sentence about Sextus. Then translate the sentence.
1. (Sextus / Sextum) persōnam tuam dūcit.
2. Sextus (Lapis / Lapidem) nōn habet.
3. Sextus est (nitidus / nitidum).
4. (Marcus / Marcum) Sextum nōn dēlectat.
5. (iānua / iānuam) aperit Sextus.
Directions: Based on the conversation with Sextus dē Lapide et Marcō, write down three important facts about the Lapis and three facts about Marcus.
Directions: Answer the questions in English, based on the Latin vocabulary word. Be sure to include the Latin vocabulary word in your answer!
1. When might you use a charta?
2. What kind of animal might live on a rāmus?
3. Give an example of one thing you are wearing or might wear that is nitidus.
4. Name something that might make you ānxius.
5. When does a friend agit grātiās to you?
1. What are some of the key rooms inside of a typical Roman house? What are the equivalents in a modern house?
2. Where do you think most of the social activity took place inside of a typical Roman house? Why do you think that?
3. Briefly describe a Larārium and a lectus geniālis. Are there items like this in modern houses? What would happen if you didn’t honor your Lār?
1.2 KEY-TEXT Comprehension Questions
Directions : Answer the following comprehension questions based on the KEY-TEXT in complete Latin sentences.
1. quis Societātem Potentium dūcit?
2. ubi Marcus habitat?
3. dēlectatne Sextum Marcus?
4. ubi Sextus habitat?
5. quis Mīlitēs Lapidis dūcit?
6. quid Mīlitēs Lapidis servant?
- quis in vīllā habitat?
- quis est prope vīllam?
- quid Marcus dēsīderat?
- quis Marcum nōn dēlectat?
- quid venit dē Sextō?
- ubi Sextus tuam persōnam dūcit?
- dē quō Sextus dīcit?