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Greek games - Roman games - Roman bronze strigil - astragalus - Roman gaming pieces - Egyptian games - Greek games - Ephedrismos
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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

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

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

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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

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

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

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Ephedrismos on Paestan bottle, 340 B.C. Paestan red figured painted bottle from painter of Naples 1778, unpublished, attribuited by Prof.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

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Etuscan and Roman bronze strigils, 3rd century B.C.-2nd century A.D. The strigil is a tool for the cleansing of the body by scraping off dirt, perspiration, and oil that were applied before bathing, in ancient Greek and Roman cultures the strigil was primarily of use to men, specifically male athletes, however in Etruscan culture there is evidence of strigils being used by both sexes, 27 cm high max. Private collection

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Roman games, Etruscan bronze strigil, 2nd century B.C. Etruscan bronze strigil, 22 cm high. Private collection

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

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