Taluses. A challenge in front of the God Jupiter

Children Space Games
Associazione Archeonaute Onlus

Quando

SAT and SUN from 10.00 AM to 12.00 PM and from 3.00 PM to 5.00 PM


Dove


The talus is a hind tarsal bone in small livestock, like goats, that corresponds more or less to our heel. Literary sources and archaeological findings attest to taluses already being used as games in Greece, since Homeric times. The game’s origin seems to be oriental, but we do know that it was a pastime for adults, and that each player used four taluses. Each talus bore letters or figures, based on which points were awarded at each turn. To play, the talus was used in its natural form or replicated in several different materials (gold, silver, bronze, lead, glass, ivory, clay, marble, glazed clay, rock crystal, agate, onyx). This workshop will offer the game passed down as Le Cinque Pietre (lit. “The Five Stones”): children will take turns throwing the talons in the air and trying to make them land on their hand’s back, while the ones that’ve fallen on the ground will have to be picked up during the following throw.

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