20 sided Egyption dice from 200 B.C


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    egnilk66
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    That’s a single die.

    Greenman037
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    Greenman037

    Roll for initiative.

    przxqgl
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    1. it’s singlar: a die, not “dice”, which is more than one die.
    2. “Egyption” is misspelled: it should be “Egyptian”.
    3. however, it’s Greek, not Egyptian.

    apart from that, cool! 😉

    pb104
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    pb104

    However much I disagree with it, the Oxford English Dictionary refers to “dice” as the singular unit. en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/dice

    Further, more and more I am seeing “dice” being used in the singular and, as a gamer of forty years, it confuses the heck out of me.

    przxqgl
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    my Websters International Dictionary, 1907 edition, says “Dice (dis), n.; plural of DIE. Small cubes used in gameing or in determining by chance.” and “Die, n.; A small cube, marked on its faces with spots from one to six, and used in playing games by being shaken in a box and thrown from it. See DICE.”

    strangely enough, it doesn’t say anything about dice with more than 6 faces…

    pb104
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    pb104

    This is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA. Here’s what they have to say about it: Twenty-sided die (icosahedron) with faces inscribed with Greek letters. Dimensions: Height: 3.2 x L: 3.8 x W: 3.4 cm (1 1/4 x 1 1/2 x 1 5/16 in.). Date: 2nd century B.C.-4th century A.D.. A number of polyhedral dice made in various materials have survived from the Hellenistic and Roman periods, usually from ancient Egypt when known. Several are in the Egyptian or Greek and Roman collections at the Museum. The icosahedron – 20-sided polyhedron – is frequent. Most often each… Read more »

    Gropegrope
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    Here’s the Egyptian one:

    Gropegrope
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    przxqgl
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    while it would be amusing, that would be a substantially bigger die.



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