History Literature / DetectivesInTogas

21st May '14 3:50:17 PM Angeldeb82
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* CheatersNeverProsper: Icarus uses his [[WhipItGood whip]] to pull Ben Gor (who's slightly ahead) off his chariot. But Ben's horses are so well-trained that they keep on running the right way - [[NiceJobFixingItVillain and since the chariot is lighter without Ben, they can run even faster]].

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* CheatersNeverProsper: Icarus uses his [[WhipItGood whip]] {{whip|ItGood}} to pull Ben Gor (who's slightly ahead) off his chariot. But Ben's horses are so well-trained that they keep on running the right way - [[NiceJobFixingItVillain and since the chariot is lighter without Ben, they can run even faster]].



* FilmOfTheBook: Made in Germany, and supposed to come RealSoonNow.

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* FilmOfTheBook: TheFilmOfTheBook: Made in Germany, and supposed to come RealSoonNow.



* JerkAss: Publius and sometimes Caius

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: Publius and sometimes Caius



** And in book three, Claudia sends them a letter which sounds suspicious because [[SomethingTheyWouldNeverSay she doesn't seem to care for the death of her brother]]. On the letter are three doodles - two triangles next to each other, a goat's head, and a circle with some lines around it. [[spoiler:The triangles stand for a pyramid, the goat for milk - most Romans drank goat milk - and the circle for the sun, or heat in general. Claudia was hinting at an Egyptian technique for hiding messages by writing them in goat's milk, so the letters become invisible, but reappear once you heat the pergament.]] Antonius helps to come to the conclusion when he states that it's like a riddle of the sphinx.

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** And in book three, Claudia sends them a letter which sounds suspicious because [[SomethingTheyWouldNeverSay [[OutOfCharacterAlert she doesn't seem to care for the death of her brother]]. On the letter are three doodles - two triangles next to each other, a goat's head, and a circle with some lines around it. [[spoiler:The triangles stand for a pyramid, the goat for milk - most Romans drank goat milk - and the circle for the sun, or heat in general. Claudia was hinting at an Egyptian technique for hiding messages by writing them in goat's milk, so the letters become invisible, but reappear once you heat the pergament.]] Antonius helps to come to the conclusion when he states that it's like a riddle of the sphinx.
8th Apr '14 9:19:25 PM Hero_Gal_2347
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: During the first book, the man at the Baths of Diana tells Mucius that he can't have boys jumping in from the rooftops, because he drains the pool and one will eventually break his neck. Guess what happens to the villain.



* NoChildhoodAmnesia: When they need someone with a good memory, Antonius claims he can remember the time when he was a baby, laid in his cradle and was bored, and could say nothing but "papa" and "mama". Xanthippos states that he can remember ''his'' babyhood as well - and the students can barely imagine he ever was a baby.

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* NoChildhoodAmnesia: NoInfantileAmnesia: When they need someone with a good memory, Antonius claims he can remember the time when he was a baby, laid in his cradle and was bored, and could say nothing but "papa" and "mama". Xanthippos states that he can remember ''his'' babyhood as well - and the students can barely imagine he ever was a baby.
10th Mar '14 10:18:27 PM Hero_Gal_2347
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* DisproportionateRetribution: When Rufus writes down the offending words, Xanthos kicks him out from the school - forever. This sets off the plot - [[spoiler:Rufus goes to Lukos, thinking he was a real sorceror, to make Xanthos forget to tell Rufus' parents that he's kicked out.]]

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* DisproportionateRetribution: When Rufus writes down the offending words, Xanthos kicks him out from the school - forever. This sets off the plot - [[spoiler:Rufus goes to Lukos, thinking he was a real sorceror, to make Xanthos forget to tell Rufus' parents that he's kicked out. Subverted in that Xanthos reveals he never intended to follow through; he was simply trying to scare Rufus.]]
10th Mar '14 9:17:58 PM Hero_Gal_2347
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* ChekhovsLesson: At the beginning of the first book, the boys have to learn Greek vocables. Quite boring for them, and probably for the reader too. So it's easy to miss the one that matters later: [[spoiler:"ho lukos" - the wolf]].
* TheComicallySerious: It rarely happens that Xanthippos is laughing, about once per book. The first time he does this, the boys can barely believe this.

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* ChekhovsLesson: ChekhovsLecture: At the beginning of the first book, the boys have to learn Greek vocables. Quite boring for them, and probably for the reader too. So it's easy to miss the one that matters later: [[spoiler:"ho lukos" - the wolf]].
* TheComicallySerious: It rarely happens that Xanthippos Xanthippus is laughing, about once per book. The first time he does this, the boys can barely believe this.
21st Jan '14 7:54:59 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* EpilepticTrees: In-story. When the boys notice that the seer Lukos never leaves his home, Antonius comes up with the explanation that Lukos has no legs (and no slaves who could carry him either). The truth, BTW, is... different.
31st Oct '13 12:37:52 PM MaxSinister
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* AffablyEvil: The BigBad of the first book. [[spoiler:At least when he appears as Tellus.]]
* AlternateCalendar: Rome counted years from its foundation in 753 BC, Greece from the first Olympic Games in 776 BC. That's why the boys think Xanthos was fifty, when he's really seventy-two.
* BaldOfEvil: The BigBad of the first book again.



* CheatersNeverProsper: Icarus

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* BrilliantButLazy: After Antonius brags about his great memory, Xanthos wonders why he never knows his lections in school. Caius knows the answer: "Because he never looks at them."
* CharacterDevelopment: At the end of book two, Caius is not above thanking the (not anymore) slave Udo for saving his family.
* CheatersNeverProsper: IcarusIcarus uses his [[WhipItGood whip]] to pull Ben Gor (who's slightly ahead) off his chariot. But Ben's horses are so well-trained that they keep on running the right way - [[NiceJobFixingItVillain and since the chariot is lighter without Ben, they can run even faster]].
* ChekhovsLesson: At the beginning of the first book, the boys have to learn Greek vocables. Quite boring for them, and probably for the reader too. So it's easy to miss the one that matters later: [[spoiler:"ho lukos" - the wolf]].



* ConvictionByContradiction: Inverted - at one point Caius claims to have committed the crime Rufus is in prison for (writing "Caius is a fool" on a temple wall). He states that he took Rufus' wax tablet, filled the engraved writing with paint and pressed it on the wall (that's why it looks identical to Rufus' handwriting), but Mucius concludes that if this had happened, the writing would have been in reverse.



* DepravedDwarf: One gladiator in book 2.

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* DepravedDwarf: One The gladiator Minimos in book 2.2.
* DisproportionateRetribution: When Rufus writes down the offending words, Xanthos kicks him out from the school - forever. This sets off the plot - [[spoiler:Rufus goes to Lukos, thinking he was a real sorceror, to make Xanthos forget to tell Rufus' parents that he's kicked out.]]


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* EurekaMoment: Caius of all people solves the secret of the letter in book two (see SpySpeak). [[spoiler:Take the first two letters of the names, and you'll get ''Vinicius'' - Caius' family name. Which means that the bad guys want to kill his father.]]


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** And Claudia's cat Mopsa. (They had to test the supposedly deadly poison.)


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* {{Fauxreigner}}: Lukos' shtick. After all, everyone expects that true magic comes from faraway places.


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* GentleGiant: The baker where the boys like to buy their snacks.


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* GoodColorsEvilColors: Ben Gor has four white horses, Icarus four black ones.


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* HotBlooded: Caius. Which is the reason he often gets in trouble.


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* KillTheMessenger: What almost happened to Udo. Fortunately for him, he noticed what they were up to.


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* NoChildhoodAmnesia: When they need someone with a good memory, Antonius claims he can remember the time when he was a baby, laid in his cradle and was bored, and could say nothing but "papa" and "mama". Xanthippos states that he can remember ''his'' babyhood as well - and the students can barely imagine he ever was a baby.
* NoodleImplements: After the boys can't get tickets for the big chariot race, Caius promises he will get them. He doesn't state why he needs a mule and a rope-ladder for this. [[spoiler:He stands on the back of the mule and throws the ladder over the wall of the emperor's palace.]]
* ObfuscatingDisability: Udo pretends to be a mute, so the bad guys will underestimate him. He only speaks when the boys discuss handing him over to the police - because Rome's police commander is one of the bad guys. - This is also the reason why the boys have enough money to buy him, as a present for Xanthos' birthday.


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* RaceAgainstTime: In book three, the last opportunity to convince the emperor to set Caius free will be at the chariot race, because the emperor will leave for Capri where he may stay for months. (As RL Tiberius often did.)
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Xanthos and the fathers of Caius and Rufus.


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** The villain of the first book breaks in at Xanthos' home and steals a few scrolls - and [[spoiler:the wax tablet of Rufus, on which he wrote "Caius is a dumbbell". Which he uses to put this sentence in Rufus' handwriting on the temple wall]].
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: In the third book, because of a misunderstanding the secret police thinks that Caius wanted to assassinate the emperor, so he gets condemned to death. Fortunately Ben Gor could save Caius - but the emperor insists he'll have to win the race first.


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* SlaveLiberation: At the end of book two, Xanthos buys Udo's freedom. Although senator Vinicius also offers to do this. It's not stated who exactly buys Udo's freedom at the end, and since he doesn't appear in book three, we'll never know.


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** Also a letter in book two: "Go to the Viminalis [Hill]. Opposite of the statue of Niobe is the villa where Cicero lived. Usipetes."
** And in book three, Claudia sends them a letter which sounds suspicious because [[SomethingTheyWouldNeverSay she doesn't seem to care for the death of her brother]]. On the letter are three doodles - two triangles next to each other, a goat's head, and a circle with some lines around it. [[spoiler:The triangles stand for a pyramid, the goat for milk - most Romans drank goat milk - and the circle for the sun, or heat in general. Claudia was hinting at an Egyptian technique for hiding messages by writing them in goat's milk, so the letters become invisible, but reappear once you heat the pergament.]] Antonius helps to come to the conclusion when he states that it's like a riddle of the sphinx.


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* TroublingUnchildhoodBehavior: When Antonius visits a party of Tellus to spy there, he gets pretty drunk. Or acts like this, at least. Note: He's just eleven.
3rd Apr '13 1:37:50 AM Xtifr
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'''Detectives in Togas''' (in Germany known as ''Caius, der Lausbub aus dem alten Rom'' - Caius the brat from Ancient Rome) is a 1953 children's book by Henry Winterfeld, who was born in Germany but emigrated to America. It's about the AncientRome adventures of seven preteen boys (all of them sons of senators) who visit (and constitute) the prestigious school of the old Greek teacher Xanthos.

The novel had two sequels: '''Mystery of the Roman Ransom''' (1969) and '''Caius in a Tight spot''' (1976).

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'''Detectives ''Detectives in Togas''' Togas'' (in Germany known as ''Caius, der Lausbub aus dem alten Rom'' - Caius the brat from Ancient Rome) is a 1953 children's book by Henry Winterfeld, who was born in Germany but emigrated to America. It's about the AncientRome adventures of seven preteen boys (all of them sons of senators) who visit (and constitute) the prestigious school of the old Greek teacher Xanthos.

The novel had two sequels: '''Mystery ''Mystery of the Roman Ransom''' Ransom'' (1969) and '''Caius ''Caius in a Tight spot''' spot'' (1976).
29th Mar '13 10:26:26 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: Book 3 has [[BenHur Ben Gor]] from Galilee.

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* ShoutOut: Book 3 has [[BenHur [[Literature/BenHur Ben Gor]] from Galilee.
22nd Mar '13 8:37:40 PM VPhantom
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* TheProfessor: Teacher Xanthos, who saves the day twice - in the second book, he discovers where the disappeared gold has to be. [[spoiler:It's in the false bottom of the cage of a [[EverythingsWorseWithBears bear]]. The hint: Said bear in his cage had to be lifted by way more legionnaires than necessary - the hidden gold explained the difference in weight.]] And in book three, he manages to find out the secret codeword for the Circus Maximus, despite the fact that Caius was thoroughly confused and couldn't remember whether it was the name of "a woman who won a horrible battle" or "a man who almost drowned". [[spoiler: It's Pyrrhus (Pyrrha respectively), as in PyrrhicVictory - Caius had confused the sexes.]]

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* TheProfessor: Teacher Xanthos, who saves the day twice - in the second book, he discovers where the disappeared gold has to be. [[spoiler:It's in the false bottom of the cage of a [[EverythingsWorseWithBears bear]].{{bear|sAreBadNews}}. The hint: Said bear in his cage had to be lifted by way more legionnaires than necessary - the hidden gold explained the difference in weight.]] And in book three, he manages to find out the secret codeword for the Circus Maximus, despite the fact that Caius was thoroughly confused and couldn't remember whether it was the name of "a woman who won a horrible battle" or "a man who almost drowned". [[spoiler: It's Pyrrhus (Pyrrha respectively), as in PyrrhicVictory - Caius had confused the sexes.]]
2nd Mar '13 12:32:46 PM MaxSinister
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* CoveredInGunge: Antonius saves his friends from a gladiator in the second book by putting a big bucket of honey over his head.


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* DyingClue: After Xanthos reveals where the gold is, it suddenly makes much more sense: [[spoiler:"It's behind bars."]]


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* GrammarNazi: In the German original, Xanthos corrects a student on the use of "anscheinend" (seems to be and could be) and "scheinbar" (seems to be but isn't), nowadays a common cause for complaints. Creates FridgeLogic when you wonder which words they were talking about in Latin.
* JerkAss: Publius and sometimes Caius
* TheLeader: Mucius
* LovableCoward: Flavius
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