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diceThe dice shown here date to the Roman Period. Games with die were introduced into Egypt during Roman rule. The Greek historian Plutarch describes Cleopatra playing dice with Mark Anthony (though he was writing years after the death of the queen). Prior to this period moves on board games were determined by means of throwsticks.


It is noticeable that the numbers indicated on the faces of the dice shown here are not formulated in the same way as modern dice.

Other games in the Egypt Centre

Other Roman Period items in the Egypt Centre