GloMag GloMagDecember2018 - Page 258

THE ROYAL GAME OF UR It was discovered in a royal tomb they say, this game called Pack of Dogs, and perhaps its players imagined themselves to be of that pack, moved about with the dice thrown by Ba'al and Ishtar and the other gods; and it was described by that old man (did he die old? I don't know) Itti-Marduk-balatu as the track on which the planets move, the squares being the houses of the Zodiac; and it was brought to light by the trowel of an archaeologist 258