Mister Geppetto, please stand up?

History On The Dole

Medieval Chess Playing: image from page 46 of "The sweet and touching tale of Fleur & Blanchefleur; a mediaeval legend" (1922) (Via Flickr Commons). Medieval Chess Playing: image from page 46 of “The sweet and touching tale of Fleur & Blanchefleur; a mediaeval legend” (1922) (Via Flickr Commons).

Humans have always played games. Whether in the form of table amusements, such as draughts or chess, or their antecedents, or in physical contests such as football, hockey, and running, there has been a remarkable consistency through the ages in the games that different societies have enjoyed. And there have always been those who do not appreciate the noise, the willingness to gamble, and drinking, that have often accompanied popular amusements.

Walking through the streets of Rome late at night, one Roman historian lamented the habits of the city’s poorest inhabitants:

Some spend the entire night in wineshops, some lurk in the shade of the awnings of the theatres […] or they quarrel with one another in their games of dice, making a disgusting sound by…

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