Games involving dice were popular in Ancient Rome and included games where dice were used along with a board and pieces that required moving with the luck of the roll. Whilst gambling and gaming were only legal pastimes during the festival of Saturnalia in December, plenty of Romans partook in the activity during the year. From travelling soldiers at local taverns, to the wealthy elite and ruling class, the Romans were avid fans of playing dice games.
To discover more about gaming during the Roman period, please visit our relevant blog post: Roman Pastimes.
Pair of Roman Bone Dice
A pair of Roman six-sided dice made of bone, known in Latin as tesserae. Each side is incised with the appropriate number of circles, which consist of a large outer ring and small central circle.