Irving Finkel, World’s Expert on the Royal Game of UR

Time Magazine ran an article on Irvine Fenkel of the British Museum and his obsession about the Royal Game of UR.

It’s packed with information about the game of UR, and includes details of how he tracked down information about it from an old woman in Israel who used to play a descendant of the game in India.

I could have left it at that, and so could the article, but the article ends with Irving declaring that he also loves Monopoly, and that,

the idea [in Monopoly] of renting out a square was the last “momentous” innovation in board games.

Ahem. Anyone want to enlighten this gentleman?

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