An inscribed astragalus with dedication to Hermes

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Games of chance? Cultic objects? Just what are astragali (knucklebones) and how were they used? Whatever their function, astragali were well-known, being attested in the ancient Near East from the Chalcolithic to the Roman periods. Guy Bar-Oz presents us with a unique example from Israel of a knucklebone inscribed with the name of the Greek god Hermes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-213
JournalNear Eastern Archaeology
StatePublished - 2001


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