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Roman game, set of Roman play equipment, 1st-3rd century A.D. Terracotta tile with post hoc engraved mill game, nine tokens made of greenish glass, dark and white stone, two dies made of dark stone, two astragaloi from animals and one made of lead for the game knucklebones, terracotta tile 13 x 12 cm. Private collection

Roman game, set of Roman play equipment, 1st-3rd century A.D. Terracotta tile with post hoc engraved mill game, nine tokens made of greenish glass, dark and white stone, two dies made of dark stone, two astragaloi from animals and one made of lead for the game knucklebones, terracotta tile 13 x 12 cm. Private collection

Roman astragalus, 1st-4th century A.D. Bone astragalus, bone astragalus filled with lead and lead astragalus. Private collection

Roman astragalus, 1st-4th century A.D. Bone astragalus, bone astragalus filled with lead and lead astragalus. Private collection

Roman lead astragalus, 1st-4th century A.D. With hole in center. Private collection

Roman lead astragalus, 1st-4th century A.D. With hole in center. Private collection

Roman gaming pieces, 1st-4th century A.D Stone, 1.2 cm diameter max. Private collection

Roman gaming pieces, 1st-4th century A.D Stone, 1.2 cm diameter max. Private collection

Ephedrismos, girls playing ephedrismos, Greek pottery statuette, 3rd century B.C. Corinth, 26 cm high. Hermitage museum

Ephedrismos, girls playing ephedrismos, Greek pottery statuette, 3rd century B.C. Corinth, 26 cm high. Hermitage museum

Greek games, Ephedrismos, Greek terracotta ephedrismos group, 4th-3rd century B.C. Showing two piggy back girls, playing the game of ephedrismos, the upper figure holding a discus, with pigment remaining, 18 cm high. Private collection

Greek games, Ephedrismos, Greek terracotta ephedrismos group, 4th-3rd century B.C. Showing two piggy back girls, playing the game of ephedrismos, the upper figure holding a discus, with pigment remaining, 18 cm high. Private collection

Ephedrismos on Paestan bottle, 340 B.C. Paestan red figured painted bottle from painter of Naples 1778, unpublished, attribuited by Prof. Ian MacPhee, 19.3 cm high. Ephedrismos was game where a target  on the ground is to be hit with a rock or a ball, the loser had to carry the winner, who covered the loser's eyes, on his back until he touched the target with his foot. Private collection

Ephedrismos on Paestan bottle, 340 B.C. Paestan red figured painted bottle from painter of Naples 1778, unpublished, attribuited by Prof. Ian MacPhee, 19.3 cm high. Ephedrismos was game where a target on the ground is to be hit with a rock or a ball, the loser had to carry the winner, who covered the loser's eyes, on his back until he touched the target with his foot. Private collection

Roman situla with a frieze of athletic contests, Gallo Roman, 75-100 A.D. Encircling the round body of this bronze situla, nude athletes, boxers, and wrestlers compete fiercely under the supervision of a judge who carries palm branches and a wreath. Prizes, a kantharos or cup, basins on stands, and wreaths, are displayed between the groups of figures, 9.5 cm high. Getty museum

Roman situla with a frieze of athletic contests, Gallo Roman, 75-100 A.D. Encircling the round body of this bronze situla, nude athletes, boxers, and wrestlers compete fiercely under the supervision of a judge who carries palm branches and a wreath. Prizes, a kantharos or cup, basins on stands, and wreaths, are displayed between the groups of figures, 9.5 cm high. Getty museum

Roman astragalus, 1st-4th century A.D. Bone  filled with lead and lead astragalus. Private collection

Roman astragalus, 1st-4th century A.D. Bone filled with lead and lead astragalus. Private collection

Roman astragalus, 1st-4th century A.D. With incised cross. Private collection

Roman astragalus, 1st-4th century A.D. With incised cross. Private collection

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