Dice pre-date recorded human history with the earliest cubical examples being found in Ancient Egyptian tombs from 2600 BCE. Gambling is one of humanity’s oldest vices and early dice required a good amount of skill to achieve a desirable roll because of the uneven shape of the objects.
Ancient dice were used for games, gambling, and in rituals for foretelling the future and until the 16th century people believed that dice fell the way that they did because of divine intervention. During the 1500’s Italian mathematicians such as Galileo began to study the concepts of randomness and probability and understood that there was a mathematical method to the madness.
Today dice remain a popular implement of revelry and gambling but are also seen as a symbol of luck and the role that chance plays in the fortune’s of every life.