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By Alex de Voogt, Walter Crist, Anne-Elizabeth Dunn-Vaturi

The wealthy heritage of Egypt has supplied well-known examples of board video games performed in antiquity. each one of those video games offers proof of touch among Egypt and its neighbours. From pre-dynastic rule to Arab and Ottoman invasions, Egypt's earlier is obvious on video game boards.

This quantity starts off via introducing the reader to board video games in addition to tools of likelihood and is going directly to hint the background and distribution of old Egyptian video games, taking a look fairly at how they exhibit touch with different cultures and civilizations. video game practices, that have been additionally a part of Egyptian rituals and divination, travelled through the jap Mediterranean. This booklet explores the function of Egypt in accepting and disseminating video games in the course of its lengthy background. over the past few years, the level and the modes of touch became greater understood via museum and archival examine initiatives in addition to surveys of archaeological websites in Egypt and its surrounding areas. the implications enable new perception into old Egypt's diplomacy and the function of board video games study in realizing its extent.

Written through 3 authors identified the world over for his or her services in this subject, this can be the 1st quantity on historic Egyptian video games of its type and a much-needed contribution to the sphere of either Egyptology and board video games reports.

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30), which is very reminiscent of the painting of the men board in the tomb of Hesy-Re. No pieces were found associated with it, so it is impossible to definitively say whether this is an early 38 Ancient Egyptians at Play version of men, or if it was a game at all. Playing pieces were found scattered throughout the tomb and subsidiary burials (Emery 1954:31, 58), so it would not be unusual that men should appear in this mortuary complex. One grouping seems to be a complete game set of board and pieces, and was found with one of the subsidiary burials at this mastaba (see below).

Pyramid Text Utterance 332, in the pyramid of Teti, reads: “Teti is that one who emerged from the Coiled One: Teti has emerged from his fiery blast, while he is turned away” (Allen 2005:69). Kendall (2007:41) interprets this as the king passing along the coils of the game to the head and back, reflecting an ascension to heaven and resurrection on earth. Rothöhler (1999:14–15) interprets this text differently, suggesting an alternate translation in which the king ascends to heaven as mehen. Allen (2005:69) offers a better interpretation, asserting the text refers to the successful conclusion of the game that symbolizes the escape from Mehen, who tries to inhibit the passage of the sun through the duat.

He goes on to suggest beans or chips of pottery were utilized as playing pieces, due to the small size of the depressions. Petrie does not offer a date for this artifact, and so without further evidence it cannot be dated securely. Nevertheless, it is presented here with the range of unique games from early Egypt, as later Egyptian periods have produced a different range of games most of which are well documented and appear multiple times in the archaeological record. 40 3 Senet across Borders Perhaps the best-known board game from ancient Egypt, senet, also appears in the offering list in Prince Rahotep’s tomb (see Chapter 2).

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