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Roman games - ludi romani


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Ludi Romani - roman games - roman toys

This is how the ancient Romans played: Whether fighting games with the gladius and an original Roman shield or to use your skills and chances in “round-mill-game” or the board game Duodecim Scripta or to toss real bone dice: Even the people of the ancient world used to love to spend time with "ludi romani": Roman games. And even today the game and entertainment articles from the Roman life for children and adults are a versatile alternative to modern games and the toys of our time. For example, a pretty Toy horse with rider made of clay and other toy figurines, even a doll made of real clay with movable arms and legs to paint and dress and undress, to tempt your fortune with Astragalus - a cube-oracle - or to create your own gladiator helmet! Even the antique minor arts offer a wonderful variety of original game ideas and gifts for yourself or someone you appreciate. The imagination receive wings!


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Abacus of the Romans - real bronze

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Roman oval shield blue

Roman oval shield blue

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Legionary wooden shield of the Romans - Scutum

Legionary wooden shield of the Romans - Scutum

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Gladius roman military sword colored

Gladius roman military sword colored

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Gladiator equipment Gladius sword scabbard

Gladiator equipment Gladius sword scabbard

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Roman leather scabbard for daggers

Roman leather scabbard for daggers

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Pugio roman wodden dagger

Pugio roman wodden dagger

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Roman pilum spear of a legionary

Roman pilum spear of a legionary

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Roman helmet for children

Roman helmet for children

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Roman ruler with units of measure - Regula

Roman ruler with units of measure - Regula

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Ancient Roman mill Games of the Romans

Ancient Roman mill Games of the Romans

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Ludus duodecim scriptorum - roman game

Ludus duodecim scriptorum - roman game

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Roman ceramic mola game

Roman ceramic mola game

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Roman bronze astragalus

Roman bronze astragalus

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Roman bone dice

Roman bone dice

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Roman dice - alea iacta est

Roman dice - alea iacta est

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Roman Astragalus real bone dice

Roman Astragalus real bone dice

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Roman toy - kids clay rattle

Roman toy - kids clay rattle

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Roman statuette gladiators

Roman statuette gladiators

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Roman animals Bird

Roman animals Bird

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Roman animals Lion

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Roman animals Horse

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Roman animals little cock

Roman animals little cock

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Roman music Panica Symphonia II

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Roman Children's Games

Games in Place of Fighting in Ancient Rome 

When people hear the phrase “Roman games” many probably think of gladiators. But it was not always about life or death in Ancient Rome. Social games, like those we have today, were already very popular. Ball games, running games, catching games, board games, dice games the Romans had them all.

There are some fascinating children's games, called “ludi romani.” Few resources were available, so it was the kids’ responsibility to find fun and exciting games to pass the time and test their abilities. To this end, simple everyday objects like nuts or clay pots were turned into toys. These molded the Roman game culture.

The Various Games 

This is how a day full of games for Roman children might have looked: to warm up, a few rounds of a ball game called “Trigon.” In this game, there are three players that stand in a triangle and simultaneously throw each other balls made of leather or fabric. The balls could only be caught with the right hand and thrown with the left. In addition to the three players, called “trigonali,” there were “pilecripi,” assistants who counted points, picked up and returned runaway balls.

The next game played might be nine men's morris, also call mills. This game not only has the same name as the still-popular board game, but the Romans played by the same rules as well. At that time the playing boards were carved into marble or bricks, or made ​​of wood.

A game with movement must naturally be included. For “Knight Race” there are two teams each with two people. One player on each team is blindfolded and the other climbs on their back, riding piggyback. The riders steer their “horses” as quickly as possible to a predetermined destination point and back to the starting point.

Some of the most beloved Roman games are the nut games. To play “Delta,” a big triangle is drawn on the ground and divided into ten fields. The fields are numbered with X (10) at the tip and I (1) at the bottom. Each player receives five nuts that they throw from a line into the field. Once all the nuts are used, the points are counted. 

Those who are not done playing still have a toy at their disposal: bones, strange as it seems today. The Romans always played with animal bones, as these, especially the ankle bones of sheep or goats, called knuckle bones, are good for games of skill or make suitable “natural dice” due to their different surfaces.

Still Popular Today

We still play many Roman games today, including nine men's morris, backgammon, dots and boxes, an early form of chess, marbles, hockey, blind mans buff and knight race. Additionally, dolls and animal figures were used as toys even then.

Just like today, the “ludi romani” were mainly played by children. But some games, such as dice games were also very popular among adults. They were a good distraction from hunger and sometimes harsh living conditions of the Romans. Also the Roman soldiers liked to play a game or two during their guard duty.