ROMAN PAIR OF BONE DICE
Measurements: 1 cm – length
Description: A pair of Roman bone six-sided dice, known as tesserae in Latin. Each face features an incised circle with an incised dot inside, ascending from one to six in quantity.
Roman gaming included games where dice were used solely or together 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.
Period: Circa 1st – 3rd century AD.
Condition: Fine condition with signs of ageing on the surface.