I wasn’t a regular viewer of Late Night, but I was there for THAT episode!
It makes me wonder if the Romans had fairy tales, nursery rhymes and such that hasn’t survived because it wasn’t considered important enough to write down, and was just passed on orally. Or was written down, but not important enough to bother preserving.
Oh, without a doubt, especially with the number of different cultures who made up the Roman Empire. All of the books we’ve got were written by and for the rich back in the heart of Rome. Some bits and pieces may have survived in folklore and stuff. A good example is a bucket or cauldron that appeared in images of a goddess in Roman Britain, which seems to have fed into mystical cauldrons in Welsh mythology, which became a part of Arthurian legend, where it morphed into a grail.
I’ve long been interested in lost media. For example, over half of all films released between 1927 and 1950 have been lost. In addition, the second great era of lost film is the 1990’s - owing to the large numbers of direct-to-video films released.
My personal passion project has been the films of Godfrey Ho. I recently found a rare clean copy of his “Thunder of Gigantic Serpent” that I’m especially proud of.
Out of all of Jim Henson’s Play-Along Videos, Peek-a-Boo’s now considered lost media. Unless others bought/watched it on YouTube, Amazon or anywhere else, we’ll never see the last Play-Along Video in action.
I got as a Christmas present the Playstation 2 video game Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron and its manual advertised another Peanuts game, Charlie Brown’s All-Stars.
It was a baseball game where you could unlock characters to build a winning team for Charlie Brown plus various party-style games were included such as “Lucy Says”.
Sadly, the game was cancelled. I don’t know how far in development it was so no demos have surfaced.
No idea how either of these would hold up. I suspect the latter would be better than the former. Still, it’d be cool to get one more look at 'em. [sigh]
What’s worse is a game that had shipped demos and a printed official player’s guide (remember those?), and was literally weeks from commercial release before being canceled and every bit of its development recovered and (presumably) destroyed.
Many years later a very late playable build was found at a yard sale proving just how far along the port was, so there’s always hope.