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Posted on Thursday December 14, 2017

Updated on Monday November 6, 2023

Manesse Gammon

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A screenshot of Manesse Gammon.

Inspired by the manuscript Codex Manesse, Manesse Gammon is an interactive illustration that lets you play a game of backgammon.

The Codex Manesse is a source of Middle High German Minnesang, a book of songs and poetry, the main body of which was written and illustrated between 1250 and 1300 in Zürich. Produced for the Manesse family, the Codex has a section entitled Herr Gœli, named after a member of the Golin family originating from Badenweiler, Germany. The illustration, which is followed by four songs, shows Herrn Gœli and a friend playing a game of backgammon. 

Check out Manesse Gammon and play a game of backgammon against Herrn Gœli!

Manesse Gamon is a Swiss open cultural data hackathon project by Prof. Thomas Weibel, Thomas Weibel Multi & Media, Binningen, Switzerland.