Cyan Cernwnos wrote:
> 98.04.02 wroet Han
> > First of all a dodecaeder is one of the regular faceted platonic bodies
> > (12 faces, 30 edges, 20 vertices). Each face is a regular 5-sided polygon.
> > The dodecaeders are made of bronze and are produced by the method of lost
> > wax casting. Normally at each corner a small sphere is attached (soldered)
> > to the object and the faces are often decorated with concentric circles
> > or other patterns around the circular holes.
Thanks for your answer!
> I am aware of other such objects made in various places of the world, some like
> these examples, and some formed with additional parts formed around each
> of the 6 great circles implied by the midpoints of each vertex of each
> pentagonal face. This development reveals the icosidodecahedral decomposition
> of a sphere. Clearly we are dealing with gamepieces, and there are references
> to such play in the Jocularia Pedis,
I would be very obliged when you could give me more information about theJocularia
Pedis (writer, time, what is in it, etc)
> where team play using the Dodecaeder is
> noted. The Romans, being smaller and more agile, had a natural advantage,
> but because they wore sandals suffered more foot and leg injuries in kicking
> and upon accidental contact during a fumble.
For me it is very important to know whether this dodecaeder was specially madeas a
game attribute or that the origin was a found dodecaeder which was
incidentically used as a game attribute and that later on the game was invented.
At the other hand the dimensions of the found dodecaeders are very different in
dimension and overall weight. And thelittle speres at the corners of the
would be very painful the kick against.
> It is assumed the Gauls, being
> larger and clumsier, would be losers, but since they wore galoshes it enabled
> them to get the longer kicks without injury.
> Cyan >(:
> I could cite sources, but since I use the same footnotes in each of my
> dissertations, they all are worn out from being kicked from reference
> to reference.
> Is minic a the/ann an bhre/ag ni/os faide na/ an fhi/rinne.
> The sphere is an animal, and the dodecaeder is its backbone.
Johan J. Broek
Delft University of Technology,
Faculty of Design, Engineering and Production
Subfaculty of Industrial Design Engineering
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