The History of Backgammon

Backgammon was never one of the games that we played in our family when I was a kid, so my first games were played when I was a student in London 30 odd years ago and I loved it. On my travels in the Middle East I saw it being played everywhere and I am told there are people who spend almost all their waking time in the local coffee shop playing it in that part of the world.

“Backgammon is one of the oldest games in existence, alongside Go and Chess. It is probably about 5,000 years old and may well have originated in what today is Iraq—previously Mesopotamia. Recent evidence supporting this was found when these very early dice (made of human bones) were discovered in the area.”

“The board with its twenty-four points and thirty checkers (or pieces or men) has been around for a long time but the game has not always been called backgammon. Other games which used the same board were Senet and Mancala. The Romans were the first to make it truly popular with their version called “Duodecum Scripta et Tabulae” or “Tables” for short…”

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