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Were ancient Greeks obsessed with board games?


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Were ancient Greeks obsessed with board games?

Ancient Greeks spent much of their time playing board games practically on a daily basis. They were a beloved part of ancient Greek culture. In fact, board games captured the imagination of many people in ancient Greece, including poets, philosophers, and the masses alike. Hence, numerous written sources reveal valuable information on the significance of board games in the daily lives of ancient Greeks.

https://greekreporter.com/2024/06/24/ancient-greeks-obsessed-board-games/

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Dice games were, still are, very popular. Many soldiers carried them into battle.

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9 hours ago, Kittens Are Jerks said:

Were ancient Greeks obsessed with board games?

Ancient Greeks spent much of their time playing board games practically on a daily basis. They were a beloved part of ancient Greek culture. In fact, board games captured the imagination of many people in ancient Greece, including poets, philosophers, and the masses alike. Hence, numerous written sources reveal valuable information on the significance of board games in the daily lives of ancient Greeks.

https://greekreporter.com/2024/06/24/ancient-greeks-obsessed-board-games/

This is a great article, thanks Kittens.

Board games were also popular in Babylon (where backgammon originated) and in Egypt. The oldest one found was in a First Dynasty tomb.

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On 6/24/2024 at 8:36 AM, Antigonos said:

This is a great article, thanks Kittens.

Board games were also popular in Babylon (where backgammon originated) and in Egypt. The oldest one found was in a First Dynasty tomb.

Backgammon is my favourite. Interestingly, it's exact birthplace continues to be hotly debated as there is evidence that the Egyptians, Sumerians and Persians all enjoyed a game similar to our modern version of the game. 

The following is a good article, if you or anyone else is interested. Some of the games are quite beautiful to look at (and still played today).

Top 10 historical board games
https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/top-10-historical-board-games

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3 hours ago, Kittens Are Jerks said:

Backgammon is my favourite. Interestingly, it's exact birthplace continues to be hotly debated as there is evidence that the Egyptians, Sumerians and Persians all enjoyed a game similar to our modern version of the game. 

The following is a good article, if you or anyone else is interested. Some of the games are quite beautiful to look at (and still played today).

Top 10 historical board games
https://www.britishmuseum.org/blog/top-10-historical-board-games

Thank you for the article!

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