Petteia Game Family
These games were popular in Greek and Roman times, and were spread throughout the classical world. They went beyond the borders too, and were played in the Persian domains as late as the tenth century. They seem to have inspired the hnefatafl games played in northern Europe.
Petteia games have pieces on a rectangular board divided into rows of undifferentiated squares. Movement was along rows and columns, and a piece was captured by surrounding it on two opposite sides with enemies. Some games had a special piece for each player.
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