The History of Backgammon

Backgammon is a game believed to have been started in the Mesopotamian era, and holds the record for being the oldest known board game in history.

the earliest players used stones, pieces of woods, and other things to use as markers, and often played the game on wooden boards. backgammon, or other games that resembled it, were first played by the Romans, Egyptians, Sumerians, and Persia

The game was known as senat in Egypt, and the board sed then is almost identical to the kind used by modern players now. It was alsoa popular game in Rome, where it was known as Ludus Duodecim Scriptorum.

The dice was added at around the 6th century. Nothing new about the game was known until the Crusades, and that is a bout 1025 AD. The Crusaders brought the game home to Britain with them from the Middle East, and the game quickly became a favorite of the working class, who frequented the pubs and taverns after work. Backgammon as a gambling activity started then. It was also a favorite of the crusaders themselves, who played the game known to them as "Tabula' The Church decided to outlaw the game, but had no success in stomping out the activity since evidence of game can be hidden or destroyed in minutes. People played the game on the ground by drawing blocks and squares which cold be easily erased, and boards were designed to be folded easily so that players can escape at the slightest notice.

It was known to the English as 'bac gamen' which literally means 'back game'. The modern name of backgmamon is actually from a Welsh word that means 'wee battle' . The game became so popular that an Englishman named Edmund Hoyle created a how-to book about the game. its rules and history.

The Puritans carried the game all the way to the New World, and it gained the same popularity in American homes as chess and other common games of the day. Its popularity waned in the Victorian era, but came back with a vengeance in the 20th century, when the doubling cube was introduced. The doubling cube raised the stakes, made the game more exciting to play. Backgammon started to be seen as a serious game, and players began to study strategy more closely.

Today backgammon is a popular board game enjoyed by millions worldwide. From the banks of the Nile to American homes, this game has proved that it can last and stand the test of time.

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