I was at a convention this past weekend and I was invited to join in on a game that my daughter kicked butt on last year. Little did I realize that my daughter was being taught the beauty of Gambling and Drinking in this game. Needless to say, I had fun while playing this game but I wasn’t thrilled that she learned these “much” needed skills for this game.
This inspired me for this weeks blog discussion. I was intrigued to find out about this history of Gaming during the times of Ancient Egypt.The dictionary definition of Gambling is to bet on an uncertain outcome for a sum of money. This is more often the case for men than for women. Also, this is the case for young men as well.
Did you know that gaming has been around for about 40,000 years? Thats’ right folks, Cavemen were gamblers and they often used pieces of sheep bone for dice. There was even mention of Ivory of dice in Ancient Egypt at about 1500 BC in Thebes. The plates that were found in the Great Pyramid of Khufu had inscriptions about dice. Pharaohs were often buried with “crooked” dice. Need loaded dice? Well thats right, Pharaohs had them.
In Ancient Assyria, gaming was abundant and a game board was found there that was similar to that of Backgammon. Ancient Egyptian game boards were similar in style and make. Also, these were used in Mesopotamia.
Gives you something to consider, the next time you sit down to play a round of cards.