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===[TASK]=== Removing all carpets from the game

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7 minutes ago, Sundiata said:

@Nescio, marvelous, thank you! I also saw a bunch of mentions of the word tapestry in English. Following example is from a Latin comedy, I believe. Alexandria was apparently a centre of tapestry weaving... 

T. Maccius Plautus, Pseudolus, or The Cheat http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:text:1999.02.0107:act=1:scene=2

  • Pl. Ps. 1.2.15: neque Aléxandrina beluata tonsilia tappetia

Yes, Plautus wrote comedies around c. 200 BC; twenty have survived, which is more than all other Greek and Roman comedies combined (Aristophanes 11, Menander 1, Terence 6). His works are also the oldest Latin texts of serious length, and his spelling is more archaic than the classical Latin of the 1st C BC and 1st C AD.

Roman comedy is a bit of an acquired taste, very vulgar with little to no plot; they were very popular in the Renaissance (some Shakespearean comedies are indirectly based on Plautus). Nowadays people prefer the Athenian Old Comedy of Aristophanes, which also has numerous vulgar parts, but also includes satire, social citicisms, and controversial themes, which makes his plays quite modern in our eyes.

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17 hours ago, Nescio said:

tappetia / τάπης

How interesting... In the Dutch language, a carpet is known as "tapijt" (tɐˈpɛi̯t)... So close to the Greek τάπης and the Latin tappetia...

And let's not forget the French "tapis" (carpet), or the Portuguese "tapete" (carpet). Even the German "teppich" (carpet). 

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