Roman Quiz – Devised by Jaq and Angela
Prize – a PC Game
Boris-Johnson.com has been offered a chart-topping pc game Rome: Total War as a giveaway courtesy of www.pcgames.co.uk
Rome: Total War
With the glory days of the real-time strategy game now nothing but a distant memory, Activision’s Total War series has come to totally dominate the strategy market and Rome is such a huge leap above the already impressive Medieval and Shogun titles that the series has almost become a mini-industry in itself.
Set, fairly obviously, during the hey day of the first Roman Empire, the game gives you total control over your own faction with the game once again split between a turn-based strategic world map and real-time tactical battles. The former allows you to build and maintain armies and buildings, but also gives increased control over diplomacy and trade–elements that were largely overlooked in previous titles.
The real draw of the game though is the tactical battles which are now displayed using some quite staggering 3D graphics that can see up to 10,000 separate warrior in battle at one time. With units ranging from elephants and inflammable pigs to centurions and escaped slaves just watching the battles unfold is as epic as any Hollywood blockbuster. What’s perhaps most impressive about the game is that controlling such huge numbers of soldiers is actually surprisingly easy with a simple point-and-click interface making everything as smooth as possible.
Rome: Total War is one of those rare breed of games that is largely impossible to fault. In technical and gameplay terms it gets everything right and unless you have a pathological hatred of strategy games this is easily one of the best PC games ever made. –David Jenkins
Answers by end of 28 February 2009 please to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Q2. How big was it?
Q3. How long was the Colosseum in use?
Q4 Which insane Roman emperor married his sister and made his horse his consul?
Q5 When Boris Johnson won the battle to become Mayor of London he said he would reign like a certain Roman Emperor. Which one?
Q6 Which unusual animal did Hannibal use in his wars against the Romans?
Q7 Which famous tv series was based on the life of a Roman emperor and starred Derek Jacobi?
Q8 Which tragedy by William Shakespeare is based on the life of a famous Roman soldier who turned his back on Rome?
Q9 What is the title of the book on Ancient Rome written by Boris Johnson?
Q10 When 5,000 Roman soldiers formed a fighting unit, what was this unit called?
Q11 Which Roman emperor “fiddled while Rome burned”.
Q12 Who is the Roman God of War?
Q13 Translate “Amor omnia vincit”.
Q14 Translate “Pax Vobiscum”.
Q15 Translate “Carpe Diem”.
Q16 In the Shakespeare play, JULIUS CAESAR, which Roman character makes the speech “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!”
Q17 Which beautiful Queen of Egypt won Mark Antony’s love?