Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Roman Gaming Aids

I was just browsing the internet (and twitter) today and came across this interesting Roman gaming aid, which although it looks like a novelty cheese grater, is actually the Vettweiss-Froitzheim Dice Tower.

Allegedly also found was an extendable steel ruler and a blood-stained copy of WRG 6th Edition
It was uncovered in 1985 at the site of a Roman villa in North-Rhine Westphalia and dates from the fourth century AD.

The inscription translates as "The Picts are defeated. The enemy is destroyed. Play in safety!"  Clearly the person who owned this had spent time north of Hadrian's Wall.  But how could they know that the Picts would prove ultimately as indomitable as the Gauls...

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