"the dark dicemen"
Greek myth attributes the invention of dice to Palamedes
Public DomainGreek myth attributes the invention of dice to Palamedes - Credit: Guillaume Rouille

This is a typically Faulknerian appellation for the gods, envisioned as waged in an unfairly weighted game, quite indifferent to the human lives with which they gamble. Though the deities of Greek and Roman myth frequently interfere with the lives of mortals and are often fond of games of chance, the notion that they stake human fates on dice and chess owes more to popular culture than classical literature.