History of Dice

20-sided Die with Greek letters on its faces from Ptolemaic Egypt

Dice and their forerunners are the oldest gaming implements known to man. It's uncertain where or exactly when dice originated, we only know it was before recorded history. This 20-sided die from Ptolemaic Egypt has Greek letters carved into its faces.


It is theorized that dice developed from the practice of fortune-telling with the talus of hoofed animals, also known as knucklebones, like the one shown here. 

Whatever their origin, you can never have too many dice!


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