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Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. Made from bone, probably that of a cow or other type of livestock, these are two charming six-sided gaming dice. Each face is inscribed with concentric circles to form numbers. Rolling dice - casting lots - were used to settle disputes, apportion goods impartially, gamble, and pass the time with games. Dice gambling was forbidden in the streets of Rome for actual coinage; to avoid fines, Roman soldiers invented gambling chips. Size of each: 0.2" L x 0.2" W x 0.2" H (0.5 cm x 0.5 cm x 0.5 cm)
Provenance: acquired from Herakles Numismatics, Huntersville, North Carolina, USA
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