Chess, the great metaphor of the world – Pledge Times


All board games, starting with Monopoly or Risk, stand as metaphors for reality and the societies that create them. But none have a chess-like evocative power. Most historians agree that it was born in late antiquity in India and came to Europe in the Middle Ages via the Arabs. However, legends circulate that attribute a much earlier origin to it, according to which its inventor was Palamedes, a mythical Hellenic character, fond of games, who created chess and dice during the endless siege of Troy to entertain the troops. The great French medievalist Michel Pastoureau, an expert in the history of colors, animals and symbols, dedicates a wonderful chapter to the origin of chess in his book A symbolic history of the Western Middle Ages (Katz), where he talks about that warrior of the Iliad who invented the game. The fame of Palamedes ingenuity was so great that his name was also adopted by a knight of the Round Table.

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