A Roman Bone Die, ca. 1st century - 3rd century CE
A Roman Bone Die, ca. 1st century - 3rd century CE

A Roman Bone Die, ca. 1st century - 3rd century CE


Regular price$375 USD
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Cube-shaped, each side with an incised concentric circle representing the numbers one through six. During the Greco-Roman period, cubic dice became more common and gradually replaced throwing sticks and knuckle bones for use in board games.

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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