So here is what a Roman dodecahedron looks like:
And a quick description from :
A Roman dodecahedron is a small hollow object made of bronze or stone, with a dodecahedral shape: twelve flat pentagonal faces, each having a
circular hole in the middle which connects to the hollowed-out center. Roman dodecahedra date from the 2nd or 3rd centuries CE.
About a hundred of these dodecahedra have been found from Wales to Hungary and to the east of Italy, with most found in Germany and France. Ranging
from 4 cm to 11 cm in size, they also vary in terms of textures. Most of them are made of bronze but some also seem to be made of stone.
The function or use of the dodecahedra is unknown; no mention of them has been found in contemporary accounts or pictures of the time. Speculated uses
include candlestick holders (wax was found inside one example); dice; survey instruments; devices for determining the optimal sowing date for
winter grain; that they were used to calibrate water pipes; and army standard bases. It has also been suggested that they may have been religious
artifacts of some kind. This latter speculation is based on the fact that most of the examples have been found in Gallo-Roman sites.
So these objects have perplexed scientists for quite some time about their purpose.
In many cases where perplexing ancient mysteries are observed and considered by modern science, we tend to project complex scientific possibilities
onto the circumstances, leading to wild speculation ranging from things like “ancient alien theory” to ancient power plants nestled within
monuments like the pyramids. It is not always demeaning to suppose that in many cases, there could be a simpler explanation… and indeed, one that
could have been far more practical to the ancient way of life.
And for one man, this kind of practical thinking led him to finding a unique use for the Roman dodecahedrons… as well as a possible solution to
their creation in ancient times.
Over 100 of these artefacts have been found across Northern Europe and, dating from around 200 AD, people must have been using them for something
useful for there to have been so many made.
I wanted to see what they might have been used for so I got one made with a 3D printer and, well watch to see what they can do
SO Using a 3D printer, he had a scale replica of one of the dodecahedrons made, and then went to work experimenting… with string.
Is this truly what the mysterious Roman dodecahedrons were meant to do?
This is what I love about life’s mysteries, because they usually remain just that.