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"Ancient Play and Games: in Search of a Definition", in Dasen, V., Vespa, M. (dir.), Play and Games in Classical Antiquity : Definition, Transmission, Reception, Collection Jeu/Play/Spiel 2, Liège, Presses Universitaires de Liège, 2021, 5-16.

Véronique Dasen; Marco Vespa

The ERC Locus Ludi investigates the history and the dynamics of ancient ludic culture. Play and games provide a privileged access to past societal norms, values, identities, and the collective imaginary. People play all over the world and have done so throughout history, but they do not play the same games, nor do they assign the same meaning and function to play. Our modern western concepts of “play” and “game” differ in several respects from the Greek and Roman ones that this chapter attempts to define.

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