2012/08/01

Ancient Egyptian Board Games

The ancient Egyptians and their loved ones games to play. These two activities have been grouped in the many games that were designed specifically for adults. Board games were very common in ancient Egypt and people from all levels of society played them. Many game boards from ancient Egypt have been found by archaeologists. However, the rules on how to play these games have not survived. By studying the game tips and other evidence, the experts made educated guesses about how these games were played.

Ancient Egyptian Board Games
Ancient Egyptian Board Games


Senet was the most popular of them. He was played by two people, whether on the advice developed carved and inlaid, like the one found in Tutankhamun's tomb, or just scratched in the earth. The oldest known representation of Senet is in a painting from the tomb of Hesy, from 2686 BC.


Aseb, "The game Twenty Squares" (often mistaken for Tjau, "The Game of Thieves 'or' The Game of Thieves") was played from 3000 BC to 400 AD and is one of the oldest games known. Aseb is an example of a game that seems to have 'invaded' Egypt from the outside and is certainly closely related to "Royal Game of Ur" Sumerian (and a parent can Cretan known as the game Knossos) He is believed to have been brought to Egypt from Mesopotamia by the Hyksos.


This is an excellent game, enjoyable and interesting to play. It has often been on the back side of Senet boards, and councils have been created which may be combined. Further down the line, the merger would lead to Aseb Senet and Backgammon.

Ancient Egyptian Board Games
Ancient Egyptian Board Games

 
'Mehen', which means "coiled" or as a verb, "to coil" in ancient Egyptian was played on a gameboard spiral - often explicitly in the form of a serpent - with varying numbers of slots (playing squares), six sets of differently colored marbles (game pieces, with six balls to a set), and six special pieces playing as a dangerous animal predator - most often lions ( but sometimes dogs or even hippos).

It is the only multiplayer game map ancient Egyptian known - the others were contests between two players (or teams), while Mehen could accommodate up to six participants. Strangely, it also appears to have ceased to be played in ancient Egypt from just after 2000 BC. (During the early Middle Kingdom).

Seega is an ancient Egyptian board game similar to the controllers and go where you try to capture your opponent's pieces. Some Egyptologists have even compared the risk of Seega. The game is at an edge of 5 x 5. To begin, players place two pieces on the board, a player on the X and the other on its O (see photo). Then each player in turn the rest of their 10 pieces on the board, while leaving the central vacuum. Dogs and jackals (aka Hounds and Jackals) - played with the dog and jackal heads on a stick. This game was introduced in the 1950 film The Ten Commandments.