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Is this the oldest d20 on Earth?
io9 ^ | Tuesday, November 6, 2012 | Robert T. Gonzalez

Posted on 11/06/2012 5:10:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Romans may have used 20-Sided die almost two millennia before D&D, but people in ancient Egypt were casting icosahedra even earlier. Pictured above is a twenty-faced die dating from somewhere between 304 and 30 B.C., a timespan alsoknown as Egypt's Ptolemaic Period.

According to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the gamepiece is held, the die was once held in the collection of one Reverend Chauncey Murch, who acquired it between 1883 and 1906 while conducting missionary work in Egypt.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs
[The Metropolitan Museum of Art]

Is this the oldest d20 on Earth?

1 posted on 11/06/2012 5:10:08 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 11/06/2012 5:12:04 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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3 posted on 11/06/2012 5:12:49 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’m no Egyptologist but those don’t exactly look like hieroglyphics to me.


4 posted on 11/06/2012 5:14:57 PM PST by gop4lyf (Socialism is the political dream of the unachiever, the excuse maker, and the lazy.)
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To: gop4lyf
It was found right next to this ancient jewelry.


5 posted on 11/06/2012 5:16:46 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SunkenCiv

Remarkably high quality: of the finish, the corners, the letters, the inlayed colors, the edges and faces are nice and straight, ....


6 posted on 11/06/2012 5:18:08 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Greek or Phoenician letters, perhaps?


7 posted on 11/06/2012 5:24:01 PM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: SunkenCiv; sionnsar; abigailsmybaby; A CA Guy; airborne; Allegra; Aloysius88; Altariel; ...

“ROLL for initiative!” ping.


8 posted on 11/06/2012 5:26:29 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: gop4lyf

The Ptolemies were Macedonian and used the Greek alphabet.


9 posted on 11/06/2012 5:32:05 PM PST by Tax-chick (Watch out for spiders.)
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To: Darksheare

Let’s hope we make our saving throw tonight!


10 posted on 11/06/2012 5:32:19 PM PST by Sirloin (Whoosh!)
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To: Darksheare; SunkenCiv

20 sides. Well there go the odds. Was this from an egyptian newsroom?


11 posted on 11/06/2012 5:34:55 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Please God, Protect and Bless Our Men and Women in Uniform with Victory. Amen.)
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To: gop4lyf

Greek. Like Cleopatra.


12 posted on 11/06/2012 5:36:07 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BradyLS

They’re Greek characters. It was cast in Hellenistic times (i.e. the Ptolemaic Dynasty).


13 posted on 11/06/2012 5:37:44 PM PST by Variag
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To: Sirloin

So do I!


14 posted on 11/06/2012 5:48:40 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Darksheare
back when there were REAL dungeons... damn
15 posted on 11/06/2012 5:51:07 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

Yeah, weird, right?


16 posted on 11/06/2012 5:55:26 PM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

Remarkably high quality: of the finish, the corners, the letters, the inlayed colors, the edges and faces are nice and straight, ....


The owner was very thorough with the crayon and tissue paper. He kept it safe in his finest crown royal bag.


17 posted on 11/06/2012 6:02:07 PM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: Chode

Any Dragons?


18 posted on 11/06/2012 6:14:27 PM PST by Redcitizen (A good pun is its own reword.)
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To: Redcitizen
almost...

19 posted on 11/06/2012 6:23:05 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SunkenCiv

Which symbol to crit?


20 posted on 11/06/2012 6:26:31 PM PST by mykroar (11/6/12 - Can we withstand the fraud?)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Thank god I am not the only one to do exactly that back when. Unless... do you know me?


21 posted on 11/06/2012 6:41:03 PM PST by jurroppi1
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To: Darksheare

Does a natural Theta get me Divine Intervention?


22 posted on 11/06/2012 11:21:16 PM PST by HKMk23 (The president's remarks are brought to you by the letter "O" and the number 16 trilion.)
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To: Chode

LOL!


23 posted on 11/07/2012 6:58:04 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker ((God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.))
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close enough, yeah??? 8^)
24 posted on 11/07/2012 3:31:05 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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