Matthew 27:27-30 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! And they spit upon him and took the reed and smote him on the head.


Carved in the surface of some of the paving stones of the Gabbatha are the games played with dice by Roman soldiers. The one above is called the "King's Game" and was used to choose a burlesque king from among prisoners, mock him and put him to death. This carved dice game is, in all probablility, the very one used to mock Jesus.