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(ἀστράγαλος; astrágalos).

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[2] Playing-piece

Playing-piece (talus). Knucklebones from calves and sheep/goats, also those made of gold, glass, marble, clay, metals and ivory, mentioned already in Hom. Il. 23,85-88 as playing-pieces. Astragaloi were used as counters for games of chance,  dice and throwing games, including the games ‘odd or even’ (Pl. Ly. 206e) or πεντάλιθα (pentálitha,  Games of dexterity). In …

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Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg) and Scheibler, Ingeborg (Krefeld), “Astragalos”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 16 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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