Remains of ancient Roman board game discovered

Archaeologists discovered a partially preserved board of an ancient Roman game called Ludus duodecim scriptorum or XII scripta during excavations at city of Tripolis, Denizli province, Turkey.

Discovered part of the board (by AA Photo)

Remains of the 2000-year-old board game were discovered during the latest season of excavations. The game was similar to modern-day backgammon and was played by three cubic dice and tokens on top of a marble tablet. According to the researchers the game was very popular amongst tradesmen and artisans in the Roman period. The ancient city of Tripolis was located near the borders of Phrygia, Caria and Lydia, on the northern bank of the upper course of the Maeander river.

(after AA Photo & Daily Sabah)

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