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Backgammon Over the Years

Have you been wondering what's keeping you hooked into the Backgammon for so many years now? Does it have some kind of attraction to you or do you find yourself fulfilling a certain sense of adventure whenever you play that game? Well, one thing is for sure and that is, you are not the only one who feels that.

Through the years, Backgammon has sated the various forms of curiosities of people from all walks of life and from different generations as well. Would you believe that the earliest Backgammon-like game can be traced back to a civilization in Mesopotamia some 5,000 years ago?

Yes, and these games which were ancestors of Backgammon have been excavated recently and most of them were in the form of board games. They also had dice-like and playing pieces that go along with those ancient boards. From Mesopotamia, those board games were transferred to ancient India. Ancient Egyptian s played the Sennet, which was then considered the Backgammon-counterpart during those periods in Egyptian history. The Greeks, meanwhile, had their own game which now has been regarded as Backgammon's ancestor. The board game that the Greeks were using back then was the same as today's boards.

However, the Romans were already playing the Backgammon. In fact, they referred it as the Game of Emperors. But, contrary to the name, Rome's Backgammon was popular among the rich and the poor, alike. The recent excavations in Pompeii showed a striking resemblance of that game with today's Backgammon version. The ancient Backgammon game had spread through Roman influence. It had, then, grown popular in Arabia from Persian influence. But, the Arabs made use of two dice in the game while the Romans used three. The Arab's version became the more popular one compared to the Roman's. And it was this version that earned the ire of Church because of the gambling element in the game.

In the 16th century, Cardinal Wosley ordered all board games to be destroyed. This, in turn, led to a book-like form of board game which can be folded and the playing pieces were hidden inside it. Despite the church's influence, Backgammon continued its popularity until the Elizabethan period.

In 1645, the name "Backgammon" was used to refer to the popular board game. In the 18th century, Backgammon earned recognition from the clergy and it was revered as a pastime which could help uplift one's morality. The game's popularity continued in the 19th century.

Nowadays, Backgammon is enjoyed not only in its traditional board game. With the advent of the worldwide web, Backgammon has become a past time as a computer game which can be played anytime and anywhere you like.