How It Begins (translation)
I can't understand Italian either, but automatic translations aren't the only tools available: online dictionaries can be useful too, or sometimes even Wikipedia or Google for proper nouns. The similarities with French do help me a bit, too.
So, here's my translation of the beginning of the game. I hope it's understandable and not too inaccurate:
- Po Valley, 479 A.D.
- Your eyes are filled with tears.
- Italy, the cradle of civilization and of the Empire, has been overwhelmed by the Gothic barbarians.
- Is it the end of the world? Or maybe just the end of a world.
- As a poet, it's your duty to tell the posterity the glory of Rome and of its civilization.
- "Your tent"
- Your Spartan tent is put up in the Roman camp of Insula a few miles away from Mediolanum. The heavy cloth of the tent protects you from the cold morning breeze.
- The opening is east.
- You can see an oblong box (which is closed) and a table (on which there's a glass of wine) here.
- >x me
- Your name is Numaziano, the last poet of the Western Roman Empire.
--Eriorg 10:20, 24 December 2006 (EST)
Spanish and Catalan are my mother tongues and both languages are so similar to Italian that I am able to figure out almost every piece of written text in Italian, (unfortunately the same mechanisms are not appliable to French, though, ha, ha!). I fully agree with Eriorg's translation. Only one remark: Spartan in that context means figuratively frugal, simple, basic, bare, severe, plain, austere... But I think you already knew that. -- Cassandra Palop 14:17, 24 December 2006 (EST)
- Thank you for your comments!
- Yes, I knew the meaning of "Spartan" in that context, but I think the same meaning exists in English, too. Thank you for your remark, though.
- Since you understand Spanish... If you ever want ideas for IFWiki contributions, I'd like to point out that the IFWiki content about the Spanish IF community is still limited and could be improved, with more pages about Spanish authors and games. For instance, surely there were more than two Spanish Games Released in 2006? --Eriorg 15:14, 24 December 2006 (EST)
Well... was my translation helpful? --Eriorg 09:33, 14 February 2007 (EST)
- Yes, very helpful. Sorry I didn't get back to this earlier. I had quite forgotten. -- David Welbourn 13:10, 14 February 2007 (EST)