|PERIOD: Roman, CIRCA: 100 - 300 AD, SIZE: 9 mm, MATERIAL:
US $100,00 (Minimumverkoopprijs gehaald) (EUR 77,62), 14-feb-05, ebay,
Presented is a rare pair of roman bronze gambling dice . Tesserae, or dice,
was a very popular game among the Romans. Romans called the six-sided dice
"tesserae." The dice were exactly the same as they are today. Even
details such as two opposite sides of a die adding up to seven are the same.
Also, dice were shaken in a cup and tossed, just like they do in casinos today.
Bets were also made the same way we make them today. Romans usually only used
two dice at a time, but Greeks often used with three.
Tesserae was played in taverns as well as gambling houses, brothels, and on the street. The emperor Commodus liked gambling with dice, and once turned the Imperial Palace into a brothel and gambling house to raise money for the treasury he bankrupted.
Gambling became such an obsession for some Romans, the government was forced to restrict it. This was very unusual for the Romans, because they almost never restricted civilized activities. The Republic made gambling illegal except during the week of Saturnalia. Under Roman Law, games of chance played for money were forbidden with a fine of four times the value of what was gambled. It probably caused most gaming tables to simply be moved indoors to so-called private clubs.
CIRCA: 100 - 300 AD
SIZE: 9 mm
US $34,00 (EUR 26,01), 17-feb-05, ebay,
|ROMAN BONE GAMBLING DICE 100 AD
Presented is a rare pair of roman bronze gambling dice . Tesserae, or dice, was a very popular game among the Romans. Romans called the six-sided dice "tesserae."
|A PAIR OF BONE DICE 17e eeuw
A LOVELY PAIR OF BONE DICE 17TH CENTURY AND IN A PERFECT QUALITY!! 11 AND 12 MM. FOUND (IN A 17TH CENTURY CESSPIT ) IN THE NETHERLANDS."
EUR 39,00 geen biedingen, 20-mrt-05, ebay, metvis