Historical Teaching Replicas

Teaching material for history

Explore the ancient world up close with Roman teaching replicas that turn the classroom into a real museum.

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The Romans played dice everywhere: at banquets and in thermal baths or in pubs. The dice game was always loud and passionate. And be sociable, too, when you roll the ancient dice from the Roman store from the category Roman games with shouts of joy or loud disappointment the real bone dice according to the ancient model. With the Romans and on the bone cubes on these pages, the numbers one to six are marked, by the way, true to the original with quite large circles. In many museums of antiquity, preserved specimens of this type can be seen. The Romans also had dice cups (fritillus) - probably to prevent cheating and manipulation. Even if this did not always work, because some dice of the Romans had no equal edges!

Let the Roman dice roll!

By the way, the Roman dice game with knuckles was called tali. They were real knuckles of animals (connection between heel and calf) or made of tile, clay and other materials. The tali could fall on only four sides, which carried the values one, two, three and six. The best result was considered to be the Venus throw (Venus; Venereus), in which the four dice showed different values. The worst was called "dog" (canis; probably four times the one). 

Throw the dice as passionately in the parlor game as the Romans! Or get excited about the Roman board game: The board game Duodecim scripta is also known as the "Twelve Lines Game". It was played mainly during the Roman Empire. Over 100 game boards were found in Rome alone! The game itself can be compared to modern backgammon - by the way, most of the games were made of marble. This wooden duodecim scripta is modeled after the original Roman game board for two people.

Gambling forbidden

At times betting was forbidden in Rome and for this reason the game board consisted of six Latin words with six letters each. Very often these had a philosophical meaning at the same time. In total, there are 36 spaces to roll the 15 tiles of each player out of the board. So, here we go: let the dice roll in a lively round and enjoy an exciting game in the company of your fellow players!

Ancient report about the dice game

"Even children learned rather to rejoice over the "auspicious six" and to loathe the "accursed dog" than "the turgid speeches of the dying Cato""
(Pers. III 45 ff.).

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