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Evidence for Tavli

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.1164
Type Contemporary rule description
Location 41° 0'25.38"N, 28°58'49.21"E
Date 0530-01-01 - 0594-12-31
Rules Three dice, fifteen pieces per player, at least twenty spaces, two pieces on a space block an opponent from moving to that spot.
Content "Ουτιδανοι μεροπων ει και μεγα ρεξαμεν εργον, ουτινος εις μνημην δηρον επερχομενα οι δ'αγαθοι, κην μηδεν, αναπνευσωσι δε μουνον, ωσ Λιβυς ειπεν ανηρ, τουτ΄' αδαμαντι μενει. δηποτε γαρ Ζηνονα πολισσουχον Βασιληα, παιγνιον αφραστων εκτελεοντα κυβων, τοιη ποικιλοτευκτος ελεν θεσις, ευτ' απο λευκου, του και οπισθιδιην εις οδον ερχομενου, επτα μεν εκτοσ εχεν, μιαν εινατος αυταπ ο σουμμος δισσας αμφιετων ισος εην δεκατω ος τε πελει μετα σουμμον εχεν δθο, μουναδα δ' αλλην ψηφον την πθματην αμφιετεσκε διβοσ. αλλα μελας δισσας μεν εν ογδοατω λιπε χωρω και τοσσας ετερας ες θεσιν ενδεκατην αμφι δυωδεκατον δε διεπρεπον εικελοι αλλαι, και τρισκαιδεκατω ψηφος εκειτο μια ειζθγες Αντογονον διεκοσμεον αλλα και αυτο ισος εμιμνε τυπος πεντεπικαιδεκατω, οκτωκαιδεκατω πανομοιιος εισετι δ' αλλας ειχεν διχθαδιας τετπατος εκ πυματου. αυταρ αναξ λευκοιο λαχων σημηια πεσσου, και την εσσομενην ου νοεων παγιδα, τριχθαδιασ αδοκητα βαλων ψηφιδας, απ' ηθμου, πυργου δουρατεου κλιμακι κευθομενη, δοια και εξ και πεντε κατηγαγεν αυτικα δ' οκτω αζυγας ειχεν ολας προσθε μεριζομενας. ταβλην φευγετε παντεσ, επει και κοιρανος αθτος κεινης τας αλογουσ οθχ υπαλυξε τυχας." Agathias Scholasticus Epigram 9.482. Translated by W. Patron: "We Mortals of no account, even if we perform great deeds, do not survive long in the memory of anyone; but as for the great, if they do nothing, if they only breathe, as the Libyan said, it is engraved in adamant. For instance Zeno, the lord and emperor of our city, while in the middle of a game played with the capricious dice, found himself in this complicated postiion: when of the white men who were on their way back, the sixth line contained seven, the ninth one, and the tenth and summus two each, while the line after the summus had two, and the last piece was on the divus. Black had two on the eighth line, and as many on the eleventh; on the twelfth were two, and one on the thirteent, There were two on Antigonus and also on the fifteenth and eighteenth, and the fourth line from the last (the twentieth) also had two. It was the king's turn to play for White, and not seeing the trap in store for him, he cast the three dice from the wooden box with its hidden ladder, and threw two, six, and five, so that at once he had eight single pieces in all which had formerly been next others(?). Avoid tavli, as the king himself did not escape from its blind chance." Paton 1916: 268-269.
Confidence 100
Ages Adult
Social status Royalty
Genders Male

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