Of the origin of the game comparatively little is known Spain, Italy, France and Germany and even ancient Egypt being regarded as its original home by various authorities.
In an American text book, Modern Billiards it is stated that Catkire More, king of Ireland in the second century, left behind him fifty billiard balls, of brass, with the pools and cues of the same material. The same writer refers to the travels of Anarcharsis through Greece, 400 B. C, during which he saw a game analogous to billiards.
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