Antiquity Trivia Quiz
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The ancient Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest works of literature still extant. One important episode features a man named Utnapishtim, who:
B) Built an ark to save himself from a flood sent to destroy humanity
C) Caused disaster by misusing his ability to turn all things to gold
D) Drove the sun-god’s chariot across the sky
An ax to grind?
Around 480 B.C., a Greek philosopher advanced scientific knowledge by working out the true cause of astronomical eclipses. His name was:
Athens vs. whom?
The Peloponnesian war lasted for several decades in the fifth century B.C. One side was led by Athens, and their main adversary was:
The Etruscans were a people of ancient Europe whose civilization was influential for much of the millennium preceding the Christian era. Their homeland of Etruria lay within the borders of which modern country?
An important element of fine cuisine in ancient Greece and Rome was silphion. What was it?
B) The ideal balance of music, wine, food and conversation
C) A prized spice of North Africa that grew only in the wild
D) The common potato, which was believed to “strengthen the blood”
No small achievement
One of the seven “wonders of the ancient world” was the Colossus of Rhodes, an enormous bronze statue of a male figure. Whom did the figure represent?
B) Helios, the Greek sun-god
C) Socrates, the Athenian philosopher
D) Xerxes, ruler of the Persian Empire
The road to Carthage
Between 264 and 146 BC, the rival empires of Carthage and Rome met in the three “Punic wars”. In which modern country was the city of Carthage located?
Friends? Romans? Countrymen?
Who were Casca and Cinna, and what did they have to do with Julius Caesar?
B) Conspirators — they helped stab Caesar in the Capitol
C) Generals — their defeat by Caesar brought him to power
D) Historians — their insights molded Caesar’s military tactics
Shooting like a Parthian
In ancient warfare, what was “The Parthian Shot”?
B) A maneuver where a mounted archer turned to shoot behind him
C) A shot directed at the horse so the rider could be taken for ransom
D) A simultaneous volley of arrows meant to intimidate the enemy
The great Augustus
Augustus Caesar, the first of the Roman emperors, was born in September in 63 B.C., and died in August (which was named for him) in 14 A.D. How old was he?
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