Oh wow it’s a d20 from 2nd Century Rome
Best part? The lot notes:
Several polyhedra in various materials with similar symbols are known from the Roman period. Modern scholarship has not yet established the game for which these dice were used.
QVIRINVS, YOV CAN’T CAST MAGIC MISSILE “AT THE DARKNESS”, YOV NEED AN ACTVAL TARGET. FVCK’S SAKE. - actual Pompeiian graffiti
that last comment kills me XDD
Turhan’s Bey Company needs to see this.
I remember when this went up for auction about fifteen years ago. Given my ethical objections to the trade in antiquities, I could never purchase such a thing, but…
(IIRC, formal speculation was it was used in divination rather than in games. This makes some sense; because the Romans didn’t have a zero, they couldn’t have developed the concept of THAC0.)
This is also why we’ve stopped shopping with Overstock.com…