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Number Games and Number Rhymes: Rithmomachia, the Great Medieval Number Game


by David Eugene Smith & Clara C. Eaton - 1912

When the subject of number games shall be adequately treated, and the long and interesting story comes to be told of how the world has learned to handle the smaller numbers quite as much through play as through commerce, the climax will probably be found in the chapter relating to the Battle of Numbers, the Rith-momachia of the Middle Ages. For here was a tournament worthy of intellectual foes, a play that outranked chess as much as chess surpasses mere dicing, and a game that was by its very nature closed to all save selected minds that had been trained in the Boethian arithmetic, the Latinized Nicomachus, the last great effort in the Pythagorean philosophy of numbers. The game is not one for immature minds, however, either adult or youthful, and those who seek merely food for children's minds should dismiss this chapter at once.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 13 Number 5, 1912, p. 29-39
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10178, Date Accessed: 10/16/2019 1:10:57 AM

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