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By Alex de Voogt, Walter Crist, Anne-Elizabeth Dunn-Vaturi

The wealthy heritage of Egypt has supplied well-known examples of board video games performed in antiquity. each one of those video games offers proof of touch among Egypt and its neighbours. From pre-dynastic rule to Arab and Ottoman invasions, Egypt's previous is noticeable on video game boards.

This quantity starts off by way of introducing the reader to board video games in addition to tools of likelihood and is going directly to hint the background and distribution of historic Egyptian video games, having a look really at how they express touch with different cultures and civilizations. video game practices, which have been additionally a part of Egyptian rituals and divination, travelled during the jap Mediterranean. This publication explores the position of Egypt in accepting and disseminating video games in the course of its lengthy background. over the past few years, the level and the modes of touch became larger understood via museum and archival examine tasks in addition to surveys of archaeological websites in Egypt and its surrounding areas. the consequences permit new perception into historic Egypt's diplomacy and the function of board video games learn in realizing its extent.

Written by means of 3 authors identified across the world for his or her services in this subject, this may be the 1st quantity on old Egyptian video games of its sort and a much-needed contribution to the sector of either Egyptology and board video games stories.

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