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Backgammon itself is a descendant, at least in spirit if not in direct lineage, of the games of Senet and Ur. They are the oldest currently known boardgames from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, respectively. The missing link may be the Middle Eastern game Nard or Nardshir, with rules nearly identical to backgammon’s. Nard appeared in Babylonian and Persian literature between 300 and 850 A.D. When the Arabs conquered Persia in the 6th century, the game spread throughout the Muslim world. It eventually moved up the Caucasus and into Central Asia as well as Spain, from which it was introduced to Europe.

Backgammon itself is a descendant, at least in spirit if not in direct lineage, of the games of Senet and Ur. They are the oldest currently known boardgames from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, respectively. The missing link may be the Middle Eastern game Nard or Nardshir, with rules nearly identical to backgammon’s. Nard appeared in Babylonian and Persian literature between 300 and 850 A.D. When the Arabs conquered Persia in the 6th century, the game spread throughout the Muslim world. It eventually moved up the Caucasus and into Central Asia as well as Spain, from which it was introduced to Europe.

(Source: mentalfloss.com)

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