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The “polis” (the city)
(the ancestor of chess)
This is an excellent strategy game, precursor of the popular modern chess.
It consisted of a plate (the "city"), which was divided into small squares and of 32 to 60 whites pawns and many other black ones (the "dogs") which were placed on both ends of the plate depending on their colour. The game was played by two players that moved alternately the pieces of each camp to various locations of the plate in order to exclude and remove an opponent's piece. Each piece could move forward, backward, to the right and to the left. The value of victory was greater when was achieved with minimal losses. The game was very popular with the skilful players (virtuosos) at the game enjoying particular appreciation.
SOURCES: "Polydeukis, Onomastikon, X57"