The ancient Egyptian game of Aseb, also known as ‘The Twenty Squares game’ is one of the oldest known games dating back to about 3000 BC. Boards from the 17th Dynasty have been found, evidence that the game was played for thousands of years.
It is sometimes found on the underside of Senet boards and played with Senet pieces. At some point in history the two games merged and led to the development of Backgammon.
Aseb’s similarities to the Sumerian ‘Royal Game of Ur’ suggest that it may have been imported from Mesopotamia by the Hyksos.
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