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Polis (Poleis)

Period(s)

Ancient

Region(s)

Southern Europe

Description

Polis is a board game mentioned in ancient Greek literary sources. Little is known about it, but the sources indicate that the spaces were called poleis, "cities," and a piece was called kuon, "dog." Captures were involved, and it has been speculated that the game is similar to Ludus Latrunculorum.

Origin

Greece

Reference

Schädler 1994; Schädler 2001.

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Sources

Cratinus. Fragment 61 KA.

Kurke, L. 1999. "Ancient Greek Board Games and How to Play Them." Classical Philology 94: 247-267.

Pollux. Onomasticon.

Identifiers

DLP.Game.116

BGG.234972

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