The age of chance: Gambling in Western culture

Abstract

Examines the enduring appeal of gambling, from the Apophoreta of Imperial Rome to the ersatz grandeur of Las Vegas. Explores its complex relation to our underlying conceptions of chance, probability and luck, and to the social and cultural backgrounds of those who fall under their spell. Using a wide range of sources, traces the origins of gambling in the ancient world and follows its manifestation in games as diverse as the patolli of the Aztecs and the Internet gambling of today.

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