If you thought that drinking games were invented in recent years by students playing ring of fire, Roxanne and beer pong, youd be very wrong. Our boozy ancestors and their inebriated friends have been playing with alcohol since ancient times. Forget suited gentlemen sipping brandy over a civilized game of chess. The drinking games of yore were messy, silly, violent, bizarre and completely irresponsible. Some games were lighthearted fun and should definitely be reintroduced to pre-drinking rituals, but others were testosterone-fuelled competitive displays of manliness (sound familiar?). Its difficult to believe that anything could be more foolish than the notorious neknomination craze that hit everyones Facebook pages not so long ago, but at least that didnt involve slicing off body parts or drinking blood (at least, we hope no one went that far). Its amazing that any progress at all happened when our predecessors had such a rich tradition of getting sloshed. According to the Pythons, even our favourite philosophers were at it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QgCfnBtF7M Sit back and enjoy these 9 drinking games that people were playing centuries before you ever picked up a ping pong ball and threw it into a cup of beer or arranged a pack of cards in a circle around the kings cup.