A Roman Bone Die, ca. 1st century - 3rd century CE
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Dice were popular throughout antiquity for playing games and gambling. Small round boxes were used as throwing cups to prevent unfair manipulation of the dice. In addition, some cities in Roman Pisidia (southern central Turkey) had dice oracles, set up on stelae in the main square or forum, where citizens, by the throw of the dice, could gain advice from the gods about their public or private affairs.
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall
Dimensions: Height: 1/2 inch (1.3 cm)
Provenance: Private Maryland collection, acquired in the 1950s and then by descent.
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