First we talked about the Legend of Gilgamesh and Sargon the Great King Sumerian King from the city of Ur. Thousands of years ago Sargon the Great had a postal system and roads crossing his empire.
Lost Civilisations - 01 Mesopotamia relates this time period to biblical history.
Gilgamesh is the most famous Sumerian King. His story was written down on clay tablets. We read Gilgamesh the King (The Gilgamesh Trilogy) to go along with this lesson. In the Last Quest of Gilgamesh, as Gilgamesh searches for immortality he has several adventures. Many of them remind me of the adventures Odysseus had in the Odyssey.
The Royal Game of Ur is one of the oldest known games. It was played 4600 years ago in Mesopotamia and still fun to play today. It has a lot in common with Sorry!, Parcheesi, Ludo and the German game Mensch argere dich nicht.
Two of the four points on each dice are colored. When the four dice are rolled the total is the number of colored points facing up. Using these dice rolls of 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4 are possible.
Royal Game of Ur board. Feel free to print it out and give it a try.
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