Click here to read Part 1 of Dice of Divination, which looks at the games played with knucklebones. Wait, a game to help the deceased? You read that right. Knucklebones weren’t just for fun. In fact, their links to the spiritual go way back — and range from being objects of divination to amulets of protection and reverence… Continue reading Dice & Divination: Playing with Knucklebones (Part 2)
I recently took a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Unbeknownst to me, the Met has quite a few artifacts on display that represent girls playing games! So, as I get into the swing of things with this blog, we’re going to take a brief look at the objects I… Continue reading Greek Girls Gaming: Ephedrismos
Knucklebones — known today as jacks — is one of the oldest games in the world. It’s history stretches back over 5,500 years. Yet it wasn’t just a game. Knucklebones were used in a variety of ways by many cultures, and these uses suggest that games were not only integral to playtime — they were also intimately connected to religion and the afterlife.
Board games are one of the oldest forms of gaming — and one of the oldest games found to date comes from Ancient Egypt. It is called Senet, the game of “passing.”