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 Post subject: Roman Dice Tower
PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2018 9:10 pm 
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Courtesy of Bloodbeard, who shared this piece of news:

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Archaeologist Ticia Verveer wrote:
A Roman throwing tower found at Vettweiß-Froitz-heim in Germany. The sides have been worked open, so that the players could see the dice rolling. Invented to prevent cheating. Text on the back reads: utere felix vivas ('use it and live as a lucky man').

4th century

On the front it says Pictos victos hostis deleta ludite securi ('The Picts have been defeated, the enemy destroyed, play carefree').

The text refers to a Roman victory over the Picts in Scotland, north of Roman Britannia.

At LVR Museum, Bonn, Germany http://www.landesmuseum-bonn.lvr.de/en/startseite.html
https://www.wissenschaft.de/magazin/wei ... im-museum/

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 Post subject: Re: Roman Dice Tower
PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 8:24 pm 
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Karak Norn Clansman wrote:
The Picts have been defeated,


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Germany


Shows the internationalism of the Empire I guess. At one point holding off the Painted People would have been the job of the forces on Hadrian's Wall but things were more fluid by the C4th I suppose.

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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 11:48 am 
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I saw that! Thought that it was a cheese grater at first :lol:

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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 3:15 pm 
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I'm most interested in the grammar. :roll:

It's clearly a lot less tidy and correct than in textbooks or classical authors. I wonder if it's just heavily abbreviated, or whether changes in Latin by the 4th century are somewhat responsible. I wonder what form of Latin they were actually speaking then.

Fairly boring thoughts, I'll admit. :lol:

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