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Top image: Roman Soldiers at rest at a Roman camp.	Source: Андрей Журавлев/Adobe Stock

When Soldiers Play: The Surprising History of Gaming in the Roman Army (Video)


Think gaming is a recent phenomenon? Think again. The ancient Roman Army was also known to indulge in various forms of games and gambling, particularly during their leisure time. But these games were more than just a way to pass the time - they also played a significant role in the training and development of soldiers. From board games that improved strategic thinking to physical activities that built strength and endurance and games of chance using dice, gaming was an integral part of Roman Army culture. Let’s explore the fascinating world of gaming in the Roman Army and discover how these ancient pastimes helped shape one of the greatest military forces in history.

Top image: Roman Soldiers at rest at a Roman camp.     Source: Андрей Журавлев/Adobe Stock

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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