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Chess in ancient Greece. When the British archeologist Sir Arthour Evans was excavating the archaeological site of Knossos in the in the late 19th century was amazed by a large plate from ivory and bluestone glass coated and gold leafs.The impresive find was “Great Zatrikion” witch was accompanied from five ivory pions and size 104*61cm. “Great Zatrikion” was a royal game equal to modern chess and the place it was discovered called: “corridor of Zatrikion” It is rectangular and the surface is formed by synthesizing various elements of precious materials in a variety of shapes. The frame is made of ivory eye shaped rosettes and crystal rock.On the one side there are four big medals from gold plated ivory,crystal rock and glass mass and a pair of ivory Argonauts in all of the external angles.In the other end ten small medals exists placed on a ivory frame from flat plates and on crystal rock rods coated with silver leaf.The decoration of “Zatrikion” consists from rows of medals, straight strips and shaped molluscs,folowing the classic decorative standards of Middle Minoan art.Near “Zatrikion” four big cones from ivory were found and they have been interpreted as pawns, the use of dice was also possible.From the old palace of Festos coming also two ivory pawns in a lionshead and bullshead shape witch they were found in a beaker propably used as a sheath. From a late Minoan time grave (1600-1050 bc) in Katsampa area (Heraklion) comes the astragalus(bones used in ancient times for gaming) which bears numbering from 1-4 and two complexes of men shapes.According to A.Evans maybe even the seals with prismatic shape engraved with circles and dots in each side were used as dice.The inspiration of these games belong to Egypt and the Near East were a huge variety of board games existed.
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