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Ludus Latrunculorum (Latrunculi)DLP Game   

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Period Ancient, Medieval

Region Northern Africa, Western Asia, Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe

Category Board, War, Custodial

Description

Ludus Latrunculorum ("Game of Robbers") is a game from the Roman Empire, beginning in the final centuries BCE, that appears to have been particularly popular in the Roman military. It is mentioned in various authors such as Ovid, Seneca, and Isidore of Seville. Boards have ben found throughout the areas occupied by the Romans, especially in forts. Boards range in size from 6x7 to 14x14 and are not always exactly square. Glass counters were frequently used as pieces. Some speculation exists that this game developed into later tafl games.

Rules

Played on a rectangular grid. 6x7 to 14x14. Two players. Pieces move orthogonally. Pieces can be blocked. Custodial captures.

DLP evidence.

All Rulesets

Scholarly rulesets
Schädler 1994 Proposed by Ulrich Schädler in 1994.
Schädler 2001 Rules proposed by Ulrich Schädler in 2001.
Locus Ludi Seneca Proposed by the Locus Ludi Project.
Locus Ludi Piso Rules proposed by the Locus Ludi Project.

Suggested rulesets
Museum Quintana Suggested by the Museum Quintana.
Falkener Suggested by E. Falkener.
Kowalski 10x11 Played on a 10x11 board suggested by W. Kowalski.
Kowalski 8x12 Played on an 8x12 board suggested by W. Kowalski.
Bell 8x7 Played on an 8x7 board as suggested by R. C. Bell.
Bell 8x8 Played on an 8x8 board as suggested by R. C. Bell.
6x6 (Seega Rules) 6x6 board with Seega rules.
6x6 (Kharebga Rules) 6x6 board with Kharebga rules.
6x7 (Seega Rules) 6x7 board with Seega rules.
6x7 (Kharebga Rules) 6x7 board with Kharebga rules.
6x8 (Seega Rules) 6x8 board with Seega rules.
6x8 (Kharebga Rules) 6x8 board with Kharebga rules.
7x8 (Seega Rules) 7x8 board with Seega rules.
7x8 (Kharebga Rules) 7x8 board with Kharebga rules.
8x8 (Seega Rules) 8x8 board with Seega rules.
8x8 (Kharebga Rules) 8x8 board with Kharebga rules.
8x9 (Seega Rules) 8x9 board with Seega rules.
8x9 (Kharebga Rules) 8x9 board with Kharebga rules.
10x10 (Seega Rules) 10x10 board with Seega rules.
10x10 (Kharebga Rules) 10x10 board with Kharebga rules.
11x16 (Seega Rules) 11x16 board with Seega rules.
11x16 (Kharebga Rules) 11x16 board with Kharebga rules.
9x10 (Seega Rules) 9x10 board with Seega rules.
9x10 (Kharebga Rules) 9x10 board with Kharebga rules.
11x12 (Seega Rules) Seega on an 11x12 board.
11x12 (Kharebga Rules) Kharebga rules on an 11x12 board.

Origin

Roman Empire

Ludeme Description

Ludus Latrunculorum.lud

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Evidence Map

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