Caïssa …..

Caïssa originated in a 658-line poem called “Scacchia, Ludus” published in 1527 by Hieronymus Vida (Marco Girolamo Vida), which describes in Latin Virgilian hexameters a chess game between Apollo and Mercury in the presence of the other gods. In it, to avoid unclassical references, the rooks are described as towers (armored howdahs) on elephants’ backs, and the bishops as archers:

Tum geminae velut extremis in cornibus arces

hinc atque hinc altis stant propugnacula muris,

quae dorso immanes gestant in bella Elephanti.

“Then twin, as if at the ends, citadels in the corners,

here and there stand ramparts with high walls,

which, immense, are carried into war on [its] back by an elephant.”

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