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9000 years ago people played games similar to Bocce. Polished round stone balls with signs of having been rolled on the ground were found in Çatalhöyük, Turkey, and in an Egyptian tomb dated 3500 b.C. The Greeks played Bocce and Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, considered it a healthy activity. But it was the Romans that made it famous throughout the Empire. They invented wooden Bocce, cheaper and easier to make and to carry around. Emperor Augustus had a personal set made out of fine olive tree roots. In the Middle Ages Bocce was played by kids and adults, on roads, alleys (more)

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