Time-worn d20 rolls out of ancient history

Centuries before Gary Gygax unleashed Dungeons & Dragons upon the world, ancient Egyptians were rolling the dice

The website for the Metropolitan Museum of Art displays an artifact from Ptolemaic–Roman Period. It’s a twenty-sided die (icosahedron) with faces inscribed with Greek letters, from 2nd century B.C.–4th century A.D.  The question is, were the Macedonians just role-playing when they decided to become Pharaohs?

Twenty-sided die (icosahedron) with faces inscribed with Greek letters Ptolemaic Period–Roman Period 2nd century BC–4th century AD

Rolling through history

You can view high-res image via the museum website, here.

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