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Has The Roman Dodecahedron Mystery Been Solved?
gralienreport ^ | June 3, 2014 by | Micah Hanks

Posted on 06/04/2014 7:14:28 AM PDT by BenLurkin

Though more than 100 of the strange objects are known to exist, their purpose remains a puzzling mystery that has perplexed archaeologists since their first discovery.

All throughout Europe, small geometric objects known as Roman dodecahedrons have been recovered. As far north as Wales, and further south toward the Mediterranean, the dodecahedrons, usually made of bronze or stone, are seldom larger than about eight to ten centimeters in size. So what was their purpose?

Part of what has led to their mystery has been the speculation surrounding their use, as no classical accounts or narratives seem to mention them, let alone offer any explanation for what purpose they may have served. Among the leading theories about their practical use, archaeologists have guessed that they might be everything form gaming objects similar to multi-sided dice used in modern role playing games, to items intended to hold candlesticks or other objects. Others have speculated that they may hold religious or cultural significance, and some have gone so far as to presume they could have been useful in determining the proper times for planting various crops throughout the year.

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: dodecahedrons; dungeonsanddragons; godsgravesglyphs; romanempire

1 posted on 06/04/2014 7:14:28 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

2 posted on 06/04/2014 7:17:13 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Had you heard of these before?


3 posted on 06/04/2014 7:18:13 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Looks like cheap junk made in China that you’d find at Walmart.


4 posted on 06/04/2014 7:20:49 AM PDT by fulltlt
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To: BenLurkin

Casino.


5 posted on 06/04/2014 7:21:30 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: BenLurkin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poGapxsanaI#t=256

It’s useful as a knitting tool to make gloves.


6 posted on 06/04/2014 7:22:16 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: BenLurkin

7 posted on 06/04/2014 7:22:51 AM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: al_c

Dungeons and Dragons precursor


8 posted on 06/04/2014 7:24:33 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: BenLurkin
Sacred Geometry
9 posted on 06/04/2014 7:37:27 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: HangnJudge

Used for gambling? Darning socks? In Archaeology we call such unknown artifacts—Cerimonial Items.


10 posted on 06/04/2014 7:40:58 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: BenLurkin

11 posted on 06/04/2014 7:46:27 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: BenLurkin

12 posted on 06/04/2014 7:48:27 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: BenLurkin

Maybe but it seems to me that mittens could have been much more easily made with rabbit skins. Even gloves could be stitched together with hardly more work than the demo here shows. Have any roman gloves been found?


13 posted on 06/04/2014 7:55:56 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: BenLurkin

Obviously, the Romans were into Dungeons and Dragons... duh.

14 posted on 06/04/2014 8:00:11 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: BenLurkin

Substitute metal for yarn and you have chain mail finger protectors.

In Roman times they didn’t have 3-D printers, so the geometry and construction was likely limited to a very few, perhaps as a guild, like the stonemasons.


15 posted on 06/04/2014 8:11:53 AM PDT by RideForever
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To: BenLurkin

Its a kitchen device used to measure out servings of dried pasta. Just match the holes to the number of people at dinner.


16 posted on 06/04/2014 8:12:28 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: BenLurkin

I put my educated guess up there. They were used to weight the corners of fishing nets to improve casting in water.


17 posted on 06/04/2014 8:17:48 AM PDT by februus
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To: BenLurkin

Most likely a device used by priests to divine the future. Ask the gods a question, the priest throws the item and depending on which side comes up the priest will then predict the future for the questioner.

Kind of like casting the runes.


18 posted on 06/04/2014 8:43:04 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: MrB
Obviously, the Romans were into Dungeons and Dragons... duh.

And they had real dungeons.

19 posted on 06/04/2014 8:48:11 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: BenLurkin

One word: Goa’uld.


20 posted on 06/04/2014 8:58:50 AM PDT by pabianice (LINE)
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To: BenLurkin
The Romans were great road builders as well bureaucrats. The far flung empire required the roads for commerce and communications.

Quite clearly it is a postage meter of sorts.

The twelve faces with holes of varying diameters were meant to simply gauge the weight of various sized scrolls. The longer the scroll the bigger the diameter and greater weight. The postage service was priced accordingly.

With twelve faces it doubled as a desk calendar and paper weight. Maybe.

An olive size gauge.

21 posted on 06/04/2014 9:14:39 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Covenantor

Hole on top is larger - I’d guess a lamp like device (candle in the top or the top over a wooden pedastal)

Or maybe a vase for dried flowers

course relative size is hard to tell from the picture so that would make a difference too


22 posted on 06/04/2014 9:56:16 AM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothings)
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To: Covenantor

Wrong! It is the core from a Vogon warp drive plasma fusion chamber. 3rd generation design, I believe.


23 posted on 06/04/2014 10:47:05 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: TexasRepublic

Well of course it is. And you just had to let that cat out of the bag now. You cadets are forever forgetting the Prime Directive.

A few eons in stasis on Asimov delta five is in your immediate future. There might be terrans reading this!


24 posted on 06/04/2014 11:28:35 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Obama would press the button just to scr*w America.


25 posted on 06/04/2014 5:16:42 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Covenantor

Oops!


26 posted on 06/04/2014 10:01:38 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: BenLurkin; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks BenLurkin.

27 posted on 06/05/2014 4:00:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: BenLurkin

I’ve always been of the belief that they are the devices used for “casting lots”. Lots were cast in the lap. If you are wearing a toga, normal dice land sideways on edges. With the extra curb-feeler bits, the lots would stop more easily on fabric.


28 posted on 06/05/2014 6:50:08 PM PDT by arderkrag (Chaste women, sober men, obedient children, and "sin laws" - the four horsemen of the apocalypse.)
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To: al_c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pclJ7gUvEAY


29 posted on 06/05/2014 11:03:33 PM PDT by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’ve not clue one, of course. But, it does make me wonder what archeologists are going to think about all the tchatchky littering shelves in homes of today, once they dig them up in a couple thousand years.


30 posted on 06/06/2014 12:22:50 AM PDT by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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