Rules for playing the Royal Game of Ur

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 25 August 2017
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There are Akkadian cuneiform inscriptions as well as explanatory diagram and rules for playing the so-called the game of 20-squares (the Royal Game of Ur).This is the front aspect of the clay tablet which shows how the central squares were also used for fortune-telling. The colophon of Itti-Marduk-balatu (a Babylonian astronomer) appears. Reign of Seleucus IV Philopator, circa 177 BCE. From Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq. (The British Museum, London)

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2017, August 25). Rules for playing the Royal Game of Ur. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/6938/rules-for-playing-the-royal-game-of-ur/

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