Trias - terni lapilli
The triodin, trias or triad is the ancestor of the tic-tac-toe, as it is known to us, which is now also known as the triad, triple or tricot. It was the simplest of intellectual games.
The board was a square, engraved on a flat surface and subdivided into nine smaller ones. It was played with two players and everyone used three pillars (made of wood or bone, beans, chickpeas, walnuts, etc.) of different color or kind from the opponent.
There was a lottery about who will start first. Each player was entitled to move only once. The goal of the game was to make each player place his three pillars in a straight line (trias), preventing the other from forming a trias.
Whoever did it first was the winner. If none did it, they called it a tie. In both cases the game was repeated.
In your hands you hold an ancient greek game, the name of which was, in the prevailing theory "trias", and later in the Byzantine years it was called "triodin". It belongs to the intellectual games of chequers. Nor can we be certain about its Roman name, although the prevailing theory is that it was terni lapilli. The fact is that it is not of Byzantine origin, because intellectual games were not invented at that era.
Enough of such tic-tac-toe chequers have been found on archaeological finds. One of them was found engraved on a funerary slab in the Saint-Irénée Cemetery in Lyon, while original samples came to light at Traian's school in Ostia, as well as in the Julian Basilica at the Forum of Rome. In Greece, such chequers were found in the Great Propylaea of Elefsina.
You receive: Wooden circular package 39 x 5.5 cm, wooden pillows, cross-board designed with pyrograph on leather, wooden lashing, knitted fabric with flax, description and instructions of 2 pages.