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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2014 7:45 p.m. PST

I will be Hasdrubal in a game this Saturday…

Caesar11 Aug 2014 7:54 p.m. PST

It would be impolite in mixed company.

Repiqueone11 Aug 2014 7:56 p.m. PST

Arrivederci, Roma!

Actually, the Carthaginians spoke Punic, which probably means they used a lot of puns. So you could probably say you were going to kick Scipio in his Afric-anus!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP11 Aug 2014 7:58 p.m. PST

Sadly, we only know a few scattered words of the Punic language, and not much about the language structure and grammar.

Closest pidgin guess: "Abed Roma!"

Presuming that as very multi-lingual traders, they would have called other states by their name in their own language.

Sobieski11 Aug 2014 10:40 p.m. PST

Hastati la vista, Roma!

Two Owl Bob11 Aug 2014 11:58 p.m. PST

Surely any Carthaginian worth his salt would declaim his epigrams in Greek, to make it easy for his biographer…

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Aug 2014 2:10 a.m. PST

I'd stick with Romanes eunt domus….

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2014 3:27 a.m. PST

Oh come on people…."throatwarbler mangrove…"

Rhysius Cambrensis12 Aug 2014 4:40 a.m. PST

+1 for Repiqueone!

Chalfant12 Aug 2014 5:07 a.m. PST

I'll give +1 to Sobieski.

John, good fortune to you… make the Romans weep!

Clottin' Romans.

Chalfant

Sobieski12 Aug 2014 5:37 a.m. PST

Gee, thanks. :)

Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Aug 2014 6:08 a.m. PST

Perhaps little is known of old Carthaginian language ( link ), but you might take the words from modern Maltese ( link ), allegedly derived from the former.

Given you're going not to do a speech but use a few expressions only, maybe any other Semitic language would also do the job, such as modern Hebrew or Arabic?

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Aug 2014 6:19 a.m. PST

Failing that, you can always resort to gestures…. ;-)

Chalfant12 Aug 2014 6:49 a.m. PST

Rubs hands together, points at Roman town…. laughs maniacally.

Chalfant

Korvessa12 Aug 2014 11:15 a.m. PST

You can always quote "Alice's Restaurant:"
And I went up there, I said, "Shrink, I want to kill. I mean, I wanna, I
Wanna kill. Kill. I wanna, I wanna see, I wanna see blood and gore and
Guts and veins in my teeth. Eat dead burnt bodies. I mean kill, Kill,
KILL, KILL." And I started jumpin up and down yelling, "KILL, KILL," and
He started jumpin up and down with me and we was both jumping up and down
Yelling, "KILL, KILL." And the sargent came over, pinned a medal on me,
Sent me down the hall, said, "You're our boy."

Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Aug 2014 2:11 p.m. PST

In Maltese: Ruma għandhom jinqerdu, link

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2014 5:56 p.m. PST

Maybe the upper class spoke Greek

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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP12 Aug 2014 8:04 p.m. PST

Ruma għandhom jinqerdu,

Thanks! I will use that, but will make no promises about my pronunciation or accent.

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