A pair of Roman bone six-sided dice, known as ‘tesserae’ in Latin. Each face features an incised circle with an incised dot inside, the numbers of which ascend from one to six.
Roman gaming often incorporated dice, which were used either by themselves, or together with a board and pieces. Whilst the pastimes of gambling and gaming were only technically legal during the festival of Saturnalia in December, many Romans partook in the activity throughout the year. From travelling soldiers at local taverns, to the wealthy elite and ruling class, the Romans were avid fans of dice games.
Circa 1st – 3rd century AD