1st Century AD
20 sided dice made of stone, inscribed with letters of the Greek alphabet (from alpha to upsilon)
(Source: The British Museum)
Cannot believe my parents took me endlessly to the British Museum as a kid to look at stolen carvings, mummies etc and never tried to sell me on it with a 2000 YEAR OLD D20.
The tool of my ancestors….
The Proto Dice…
Back in the days when Knowledge (History) was Knowledge (Current)!
I can’t imagine roleplaying in a world before someone solved the riddle of steel.
"Oh, good, you’re home. In Hippo Cheese Candy Mouse, how many moves before I get to flip the army man into the bathtub?" ~ Virginia Chance
"Two hippo chomps, and one slide down Candy Cane Lane." ~ Burt Chance
Yahtz-cheese! I win.
Bronze Hand of Sabazius
3rd Century AD
Many religions were syncretistic, meaning that as they grew and came into contact with other religions, they adopted new beliefs and modified their practices to reflect their changing environment. Both Greek and Roman religious beliefs were deeply influenced by the so-called mystery religions of the East, including the Egyptian cult of Isis, which revealed beliefs and practices to the initiated that remained unexplained, or mysterious, to the uninitiated. Most popular Roman cults had associations with these mystery religions and included the prospect of an afterlife. Sabazius was an eastern god of fertility and vegetation, who in Roman times was worshiped in association with other deities, particularly Dionysus (or Bacchus, as he was generally known to the Romans). His cult inspired a series of votive images of hands, the fingers of which form the gesture of benediction still familiar in Christian practice. Missing from this example is the small figure of Sabazius himself, who was typically seated in the palm of the hand above the ram’s head. Around him are his major cult symbols, including a snake, a lizard, and the heads of a lion, a ram, and a bull. On the tip of the thumb is the pinecone of Dionysus. The opening in the wrist, shaped like a temple, had a hinged door that revealed an unknown, lost object, perhaps a reclining mother and child, as seen in other examples.
Source: The Walters Art Museum
It’s time to break out your Stompas, thekrug! Also, I got a Mega-Mat.
El ejército bizantino.
1. La caballería. El uso de catafractos es herencia oriental, no olvidemos que los partos venían haciendo uso de tácticas de choque con caballería pesada ya en tiempos del Imperio de Occidente. Los jinetes de las ilustraciones corresponden a los klibanophoroi introducidos poco antes de las cruzadas y constituyen un ejemplo de caballería súper-pesada que no duraría más de un siglo en actividad.
2. La guardia varega. Tras las olas migratorias provenientes de la península escandinava, Bizancio comienza a acoger vikingos provenientes del Rus, conformándose con el tiempo una unidad de élite encargada de proteger al Emperador. Es distintivo el uso del hacha de mango largo, debido a la cual comienzan a ser conocidos como los “portadores de hacha” o la “guardia de los hacheros”.
3. El fuego griego. Uno de los más grandes tesoros de Bizancio, el fuego griego fue responsable de la supervivencia bizantina en los dos primeros (de muchos) asedios árabes contra la ciudad.
This looks like the art they use in the Osprey books.