hist-games: Dice

Matthew Whitaker WhitakeM at nwrel.org
Mon Mar 1 10:22:53 PST 1999

Off the top of my head, I agree with what you've said, and it sounds like
you've done quite a bit of research, but I seem to remember a few references
indicating that dice equaling seven on opposing sides was something that
became standardized at some point.  I think it's late-ish --- towards the
15th/16th centuries, perhaps.


-----Original Message-----
From:	David KUIJT [SMTP:kuijt at umiacs.umd.edu]
Sent:	Monday, March 01, 1999 09:40
To:	Michael Burridge
Cc:	hist-games at pbm.com
Subject:	hist-games: Dice

All surviving period dice I've seen in museums had opposite sides add up
to 7 (same as modern dice). However, they did not necessarily correspond
to the modern scheme where all dice are 4-5-6 clockwise (looking at one
corner); some of them are 4-5-6 clockwise and some (even from the same
archaeological find) are counterclockwise. 

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