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2 09, 2017

Roman games: What games did Roman people play?

By |2018-09-10T05:43:42-07:00September 2nd, 2017|Games, Romans|0 Comments

Roman dice were involved in many Roman games Neither cards nor chess... Roman people played most of the different kinds of games that people play today. There are two important exceptions. The first one is  chess. Chess did not come to Europe from India until the Islamic Empire, about 1000 AD. The second one is card games, [...]

11 08, 2017

History of American games – lacrosse to soccer

By |2018-04-20T08:23:51-07:00August 11th, 2017|Games, North America|0 Comments

History of American games: Ute horse race (thanks to Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center) Horses and horse-racing The first important change in the history of American games after 1500 AD came with the horse. Many Native American groups like the Ute people got horses and learned to ride them. So young men and women began to race their horses. [...]

8 08, 2017

Native American games – lacrosse, swimming, dice

By |2018-04-11T18:30:20-07:00August 8th, 2017|Games, Native American|0 Comments

Cherokee lacrosse players from 1888 People who lived in North America played both active games and the kind where you can sit down. Their favorite active game was lacrosse. Or actually lacrosse and a lot of other games that you play with a stick and a ball, with rules that were different in different parts [...]

8 08, 2017

Playing an Inuit game with seal bones

By |2018-04-20T22:33:17-07:00August 8th, 2017|Games, Modern Europe|0 Comments

This is a variation on a traditional Inuit game. Print out the outline of the seal flipper bones and cut on the lines to get each bone separate from the others. Make a set of bones for each player. Now mix up all the bones and put them in a bag. Each player draws five [...]

23 07, 2017

Medieval Islamic games

By |2018-05-08T15:25:26-07:00July 23rd, 2017|Africa, Games, Islam, West Asia|1 Comment

Medieval Islamic games: Muslims playing chess in Spain Chess from India The big new game of the Islamic Empire was chess. The Arabs learned to play chess from the Sassanians when they conquered them, and probably the Sassanians learned chess from people in India. Indian people themselves seem to have learned at least some version [...]

6 07, 2017

Opening ceremonies – Greek Olympic games

By |2018-04-22T22:39:20-07:00July 6th, 2017|Games, Greeks|0 Comments

The palaestra at Olympia, Elis, Greece (about 250 BC) Once all the men had arrived in Elis for the Olympic Games, they spent a month practicing and training together in a big palaestra, or gym, with a sand floor. They only got fresh cheese and water at their meals, and they all ate [...]

6 07, 2017

Athletic events – Ancient Greek Olympics

By |2019-02-05T05:26:14-07:00July 6th, 2017|Games, Greeks|0 Comments

Greek Olympic events - Men's footrace (Athens, ca. 530 BC) A short foot race At first, the only athletic competition at the Olympics was a single short foot race, 170 meters long. (According to one story, that was how far Herakles could run on one breath.) More about the Olympics All our Ancient [...]

6 07, 2017

Ancient Greek Olympic games

By |2018-04-22T22:39:20-07:00July 6th, 2017|Games, Greeks|2 Comments

The temple of Hera in Olympia, Elis, Greece Once every four years, men from all over Greece came to compete in a great athletic festival in Elis, in western Greece (The men wouldn't let women compete). This was called the Olympic games because the place was called Olympia. The Olympic Games were a [...]

6 07, 2017

Swings and seesaws in ancient Greece

By |2018-04-20T15:21:33-07:00July 6th, 2017|Games, Greeks|0 Comments

Ancient Greek toys: A man lifts a child into a swing (Eretria Painter, 435-420 BC) Ancient Greek toys Even though people in ancient Greece loved competitive games, they also played games without competition. In this picture from a Greek vase, a man pushes a little boy in a wooden swing hung from a [...]

23 06, 2017

Why don’t people of color swim?

By |2017-06-23T23:15:07-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Games, History|0 Comments

A Tibetan swimming contest in the Kyichu River (1695 AD) In most of the world, people kept on swimming after 1500 AD pretty much the same way they had before 1500 AD. But in Europe, soon after 1500 AD, people almost completely stopped swimming. In 1567 AD, a Cambridge University student drowned swimming [...]