20 June 2019 Start
1 December 2019 End
Tue - Fri: 11.00 am - 6.00 p.m. Sat - Sun: 10.00 am - 6.00 p.m. Time
France Lugdunum Musée et théâtre romains, 17 Rue Cleberg, 69005 Lyon


Ludique! Jouer dans l’Antiquité / Recreation – Playing in Antiquity

June 20 - December 1, 2019

The exhibition “Ludique! Jouer dans l’Antiquité”, an ERC Locus Ludi project will be shown in the Lugdunum Musée et théâtre romains in Lyon, France.

Spinning tops, dolls, jacks, toy tea sets, rattles, hobby horses, bow and arrows, dice, draughts, balls… Games of make-believe, strategy, chance or skill… All of these have made their way across borders and through centuries, from Greek and Roman Antiquity to the present day!

People loved to play games in Antiquity, every day, at all ages and whatever their condition! In that respect, nothing has changed. Exploring similarities and differences, this exhibition looks at playing, as both a form of entertainment and learning, and how it happened in practice: who played together? How? Why? Parallels are drawn with the present day and countries around the world.

Antiquity is a source of inspiration for game publishers, but what do archaeologists have to say?

This fun and archaeological approach, involving objects from various museums, reveals a particular side of humanity.

Admission to the Museum and its exhibition is included in the Lyon City Card.

Based on the  exhibition « Veni, Vidi, Ludique » created for the Roman Museum of Nyon (Switzerland), under the supervision of Véronique Dasen, Professor of classical archaeology/ERC Locus Ludi / Fribourg University-CH, this new exhibition in Lugdunum Musée et théâtre romains presents over 300 rare archaeological and ethnographical objects thanks to loans from several European museums and collaboration with the Swiss Museum of Games (La Tour-de-Peilz-CH).

For more information: Lugdunum Grand Lyon

Also visit Locus Ludi Project Website