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Luxury Board Games for the Northern Greek Elite

Despina Ignatiadou;
  • Published: 11 Dec 2020
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
International audience; Board games were played in ancient Greece since at least the Bronze Age. Written sources distinguish between two main types of board games, πεττεία (games with counters only) and κυβεία (games with dice, that can also be played with counters). Their archaeological traces are found in various places, such as engraved on the marble floors and benches of sanctuaries, or on theater seats. In funerary contexts, sets of counters were most likely accompanied by wooden boards that usually did not survive. This paper discusses the finds from northern Greece (boards, dice, and counters) that attest to the practice of gaming from the archaic period ...
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free text keywords: Board game, die, divination, game of five lines, glass counters, healer, Macedonia, polis game, Thrace, Dé, élite, guérisseur, jetons en verre, jeu de plateau, jeu des cinq lignes, jeu de polis, Macédoine, [SHS]Humanities and Social Sciences, [SHS.ARCHEO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Archaeology and Prehistory, [SHS.HIST]Humanities and Social Sciences/History, [SHS.EDU]Humanities and Social Sciences/Education, [SHS.MUSEO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Cultural heritage and museology, Divination, Elite, Dice, Archaic period, Ancient history, High priest, Bronze Age, High status, Ancient Greece, History
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Locus Ludi
Locus Ludi: The Cultural Fabric of Play and Games in Classical Antiquity
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 741520
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-ADG
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