Sunday, June 15, 2008

d20 used by the ancient Romans



Not a joke. Here's the description from Christies:

A ROMAN GLASS GAMING DIE
Circa 2nd Century A.D.
Deep blue-green in color, the large twenty-sided die incised with a distinct symbol on each of its faces
2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm.) wide
Pre-Lot Text

THE PROPERTY OF A
MARYLAND FINE ARTS PROFESSOR
Provenance

Acquired by the current owner's father in Egypt in the 1920s.
Lot Notes

Several polyhedra in various materials with similar symbols are known from the Roman period. Modern scholarship has not yet established the game for which these dice were used.

Via.

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