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Author Topic: Ptolemaic D20  (Read 1564 times)

Offline Demaimuti

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Ptolemaic D20
« on: February 22, 2014, 10:03:10 am »
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57547697-1/ancient-d20-die-emerges-from-the-ashes-of-time/

Does anyone have a serious and educated guess what a ptolemaic d20 might really have been used for?
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Offline Ha'autmuti

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Re: Ptolemaic D20
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2014, 10:58:01 am »
A game of some sort, I'd imagine (DnD jokes aside). Another option might be divination.
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Offline Iwaat

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Re: Ptolemaic D20
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2014, 12:15:42 pm »
My guess would be some kind of game and possibly divination.
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Offline Bezenwepwy

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Re: Ptolemaic D20
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2014, 01:16:19 pm »
Divination is certainly a possibility.

Joachim Quack mentions dice briefly in an article called 'A black cat from the right, and a scarab on your head: New sources for Ancient Egyptian divination', which was published in a book called "Through a Glass Darkly: Magic, Dreams and Prophecy in Ancient Egypt", ed. Szpakowska.

Other dice have been found in the context of divination, and there even seems to be some instructions for it included in a particular papyrus (Vienna D 12006.) Dice-based divination instructions are also known from Mesopotamia.
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