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Nardshir (Nardashir, New-Ardakhshir)

Region(s)

Central Asia, Southern Asia, Western Asia, Eastern Europe

Description

Nardshir is a game attested from Persia and Mesopotamia from the middle of the first century CE. It is the ancestor of the game Nard, and may be the ancestor of similar games such as Backgammon.

Rules

Board with 24 points, board divided into four quadrants. 15 pieces per player. Two players. Two dice. Pieces move in opposite directions from one another. Three pieces start one line six, eight, and twelve; two on lines one, three, and seven. Single pieces are removed from the board and must reenter when an opposing piece lands on the same space.

DLP evidence.

Origin

Persia

Reference

Murray 1951: 113-115.

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Sources

Murray, H.J.R. 1951. A History of Board-Games Other Than Chess. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Panaino, A. 2017. WIZĀRIŠN Ī ČATRANG UD NIHIŠN Ī NĒW-ARDAXŠĪR. Encyclopaedia Iranica. accessed 03/23/2020.

Talmud Bavli. The William Davidson Talmud Online. Sefaria. accessed 07/07/2020.

Identifiers

DLP.Game.303

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