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Roman Altar

The other day, I noted that the new Playmobil catalog had come out. Several people thus discovered the existence of the Roman set, much of which came out this past July. I only own one thing from this range (so far....), and that's the Roman with the altar. whatifoundthere didn't notice it, so here are some pictures.

It looks like this:

However, it can be easily adapted to look more like this:

Bonus: It comes with a scroll in Real Latin. (This is particularly notable since most Playmobil books and scrolls are written in indecipherably small pseudowriting.)



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Jan. 24th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Hee, I love the way you have positioned the bowl to catch the blood! :-)
Jan. 24th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Jan. 24th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
*just checked catalogue*

Jan. 24th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
Your life is not complete without a Colosseum of your own? (That's the other Roman one I most covet. Although, surely a self-respecting historian of technology ought to have a quadriga?)
Jan. 24th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
I like the Real Latin!
Jan. 24th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
I love that it reads "Nunc est bibendum"! I wish it said after that "Nec mora nec requies." (Of course, this is because the drinking is going to be of the about-to-be-slaughtered pigeon(?)'s blood.)
Jan. 24th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
At least it's implied!
Jan. 24th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Translation please!
I think it begins with something about throwing this in with a grain of salt?
Jan. 24th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
They're all famous Latin phrases. You'll know some of them at least - Carpe diem?

The die has been cast.
With a grain of salt.
Presumption of innocence. (Literally, in doubt for the sake of the thing)
Now let us drink.
By this sign, you shall win.
Willing or unwilling.
Money doesn't smell.
A full stomach does not study willingly.
First among equals.
Let there be light! That which was
to be shown.
Sieze the day! There is no
accounting for tastes.
While I breath, I hope.
Further yet! Repetition
is the mother of studies.

Edited at 2008-01-24 04:15 pm (UTC)
Jan. 25th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
I am tickled that "Now let us drink" is written on a Lego piece for small children.
Jan. 25th, 2008 09:27 am (UTC)
I also have eight overflowing beer mugs from them. The spills around the mug bases optionally snap on. You can tell it's not an American company!
Jan. 24th, 2008 04:22 pm (UTC)
P.S. Praise where praise is due - obviously you DID recognize some of it, but then gave up before you got to other recognizable parts.
Jan. 24th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, I can pick out various bits of it, but I was trying to read it as a single paragraph, rather than just as a collection of sayings, because although i still remember bits of vocabulary, my grasp of Latin grammar is non-existant! :-)
Jan. 24th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
That is awesome in so many ways :)
Jan. 24th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
Seriously cool! OK, even more coolth points if it hadn't been mottoes but something bloodcurdling instead, but actual Real Latin is prett darned cool even so.

Jan. 24th, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
I need that. Now.
Jan. 24th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
the new Playmobil catalog had come out

Oh poo, it's a Flash object....which is diabled on our work PCs.

(Bummer. Would have liked to see those Roman characters.)
Jan. 24th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Very, very cool. Now I really covet.
Jan. 24th, 2008 05:48 pm (UTC)
OMG, I love this!
Jan. 24th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Jan. 24th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
so cute ! why did we only get lego and meccano as kids ?
Jan. 24th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
I didn't have Playmobil as a child either. I discovered it in grad school.
Jan. 24th, 2008 08:03 pm (UTC)
I need to get enough soldiers to assembly an entire Roman Legion.
Jan. 25th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
My parents' basement has a huge bin full of Playmobile ...

Now I have to go and look at it ...
Jan. 26th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
Ooh! fun!
Jun. 1st, 2013 03:22 am (UTC)
Arabic script
I've been researching the texts on Playmo scrolls and think that the one written in Arabic is decipherable, if one reads Arabic. I think that there are other texts that are real as well. I've been Googling around to try to find more info about this. I have taken photos of some of the other texts if you are interested.

I don't mind letting you get in touch with me, but didn't want to let this site hack into my FB

Jun. 1st, 2013 03:25 am (UTC)
Re: Arabic script
Oh, and I study OE and ME!

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