Ancient Games


Initially we started to play simple ancient games to…buy the boring time between our events. Soon it developed into separate project on its own. Reconstructing ancient games becomes real challenge, though. There are enough evidences to recreate technical aspects of main gaming systems, like ludus scholaris, latrucnuli and others. Unfortunately strict rules remains unknown- they were widespread enough not to become a matter of debate in our ancient literary sources. Some were obvious- dicing was most popular in ancient Rome, for example. Others were more complicated, like latrunculi, probably resembling our trick-track. Others are totally strange to modern minds- these are games from Middle East and Egypt. So-called Royal Game of Ur is virtually beautifully painted board with pawns found in the Sumerian tomb; its rules remain totally hidden to us. The same with a game called senet, particularly popular among Egyptian aristocracy. Both of them are carefully reconstructed by our members.

In fact board games topic is almost non-existent in academic history dealing with classical era, making our project somehow pioneering. This uncertainty, however, makes our project even more interesting; each time crowds of people gather willing to try their luck. We invite you to try on yourself and-perhaps- propose your own set of rules that could be applied to them.