Senenet - the oldest board game in the world

People played board games for thousands of years. Among the ancient crops there are a huge number of all kinds of board games: some were able to pass through the time and maintain popularity to the present day, others finished their existence along with the people who played it, and we had only some mentions about her.

Search the oldest desktop game in the world follows in the cultural heritage of one of the brightest ancient civilizations in history in the history of mankind - ancient Egypt. For the first time, the game sets of an unknown game of the game, called subsequently, "Senet", were discovered by archaeologists in the early 20th century. Initially, the game board with drawn squares, figures and bones attributed to the prototype of ancient chess, but more detailed study of Senenet showed that this game is not like any other.

The ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs reported that the game is called "CH." (Heroglyphs do not contain vowels), which can be translated as "passage". Later, the remains of such sets began to find in other places, and the most ancient set, which came to us in the form of fragments of the game field, was discovered in the ancient Egyptian city of Abidos and dates back to 3500 BC. Thanks to this, we can assume that Senenet appeared no later than the first half of 4 millennia BC. Or even earlier, making it the oldest desktop game in the world.

About the rules of the game itself, we know a little: no ancient Egyptian sources were found with a description, so the existing instructions today are only an attempt to understand the real initial rules. It is clear that the game was conducted by two players whose main goal was to bring all his figures from the field. A large role at every course they played bones of sticks, which was defined how long the long path should pass the figure on the board. The rules of the game in Senet were to include many tricks, and the game itself claimed good strategic thinking and was probably available only to aristocracy and clergy. A great religious meaning in the game is noticeable: the Egyptians believed that during each party to two players, the god of knowledge was joined by the fact that with his invisible hand ruled the result of bones. The very course of figures was probably associated with the promotion of the souls of the dead in the kingdom of the dead, which should have overcome a large number of dangers to achieve the desired goal. That is why sets with Senet met in many burials of noble Egyptians.

Senet existed for more than four thousand years - until the end of the Roman period in Egypt (about 350 BC), after which he lost popularity. Some elements of the game in the future moved to the desktop Arab games.

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