After a long day of work by the Nile River, Ancient Egyptians relaxed by playing various board games. Egyptians loved to ‘hang out’ and play games such as Mehen, Dogs and Jackals, and a popular game called Senet.
In the game of Senet, kids played on a large board, painted with 30 squares similar to Checkers. In the game each player would throw small sticks, in the same way you throw dice, this would show the exact number of moves you could make with the pieces on the board. Although we still don’t know the exact rules of the game of chance, we do know is that it was a popular game. So popular that Egyptian walls show Queen Nefertari playing this particular game.
On November 1922, during the discovery of King Tutankhamen intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings, board games were discovered inside of his tomb. This is proof that ancient Egyptians loved games and playing with friends, just as much as we do today. Yet, this is only one detail from this great civilization we share.
Watch the following video clip of Ancient Egypt and its people. Notice closely the contributions Egyptians gave to society more than 5,000 years ago.
(Ancient Egypt | National Geographic | YouTube)
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- We don’t know the exact rules of this game of Senet, regardless, how do you suppose this popular game was played?