Romance Languages Hosts Bocce Ball Tournament

Students studying French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese are participating in Wesleyan's first bocce ball tournament (Bocce Pétanque Bocha Petanca) hosted by Romance Languages and Literatures.

Students studying French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese are participating in Wesleyan’s first bocce ball tournament (Bocce Pétanque Bocha Petanca) hosted by Romance Languages and Literatures.

The tournament is played from noon to 1 p.m. multiple times a week throughout the month of February, and includes country-themed games and a Roman Empire Championship.

The tournament is played from noon to 1 p.m. multiple times a week throughout the month of February, and includes country-themed games and a Roman Empire Championship.

During the game of bocce, a ball is rolled down a lane with the aim of coming to reset near a smaller object ball. Bocce is an ancient game and was played between battles during Rome's Punic Wars against Carthage, which started in 264 B.C.

During the game of bocce, a ball is rolled down a lane with the aim of coming to reset near a smaller object ball. Bocce is an ancient game and was played between battles during Rome’s Punic Wars against Carthage, which started in 264 B.C.

The Latin word "bottia" means "ball" and is the root of the Italian word boccia or bocce, as the game came to be known.

The Latin word “bottia” means “ball” and is the root of the Italian word boccia or bocce, as the game came to be known. (Photos by Ryan Heffernan ’16)

Olivia Drake

Olivia (M.A.L.S. '08) is editor of the Wesleyan Connection newsletter and campus photographer. I have two dogs, five chickens and 30 house plants. I like snow, photographing firemen and enjoying "stinky" cheeses. Send me your story ideas to newsletter@wesleyan.edu. 

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