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Board Games from Antiquity. Prof. Irving Finkel Monday 10 February 2020

Prof. Finkel is Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and cultures at the British Museum and a world-famous specialist on Ancient Sumeria, Babylon and Assyria. It was he who deciphered a 4000 year-old clay tablet about the Flood Story that provided the blueprint for the original Noah’s Ark. But this lecture focuses on one of Irving’s favourite subjects - how Board Games came into the world in about 10 000BC.  


The illustrated talk will investigate the most successful games of Egypt and Babylonia and Greece and Rome between 2500 BC and the First Century AD.  Irving traces their extraordinary individual histories with the help of archaeology, examines why they should have lasted for millennia and considers the implications of their study with regard to board games in our own time, where they somehow manage to endure despite the relentless incursions of commerce and computers.