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Ancient Greek Trivia

Can you guess these facts about the history of Ancient Greece?
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Last updated: September 20, 2020
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First submittedJuly 26, 2013
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City famous for democracy
Athens
The flat-topped, high ground area
in the above city
Acropolis
Most famous temple in that city
Parthenon
Most famous rival of that city
Sparta
War fought between those
two cities from 431–404 B.C.
Peloponnesian
War
Athletic competition first held
in 776 B.C.
Olympics
King who led the "300" at the
Battles of Thermopylae
Leonidas
Philosopher who drank hemlock
Socrates
Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian are the
three orders of ...
Columns
Word that Archimedes supposedly
said when he made a discovery
Eureka!
Hint
Answer
King of the Greek gods
Zeus
Subject that Euclid is the "father" of
Geometry
"Great" Macedonian conqueror
Alexander
Infantry formation used by the above
(hint: starts with P)
Phalanx
Philosopher who tutored
that conqueror
Aristotle
Teacher of the above, founder of
the Academy
Plato
War that "The Iliad" was about
Trojan War
Place where you'd find the Oracle
Delphi
God who spoke through the Oracle
Apollo
Highest mountain in Greece;
home of the gods
Olympus
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Level 67
Nov 18, 2013
I knew the Peloponnesian War, but I didn't even bother typing it because I knew I would never get the spelling right and it would just frustrate me.
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Level 76
Jan 7, 2014
i admit i had to google the spelling. I attempted the spelling, but when i couldn't get close enough, i googled it.
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Level 61
Sep 21, 2020
Where does the "i" go, or the "e," and which are double consonants?

I got it eventually, but by sheer luck

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Level 67
Nov 20, 2020
If etymology helps: the Peloponnese is the peninsula Sparta is on. Its name is derived from Pelops, a legendary Greek hero, and from nissos, the Greek word for island (which you can find in a whole array of words: Indonesia, Polynesia...). So, if you think of it as the "nissos" of "Pelops" it... actually doesn't really help that much. Sorry.
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Level 67
Nov 20, 2020
Well I thought the bit about "nissos" and all the island countries was interesting anyway.
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Level 71
Nov 20, 2020
Cheer up, I'm Greek and could not get the english spelling right
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Level 20
Nov 18, 2013
I only got 5 correct
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Level 24
Feb 20, 2014
100% SAN!
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Level 48
Mar 25, 2014
Why don't people understand that there were many more Spartans fighting at Thermopylae than 300? Herodotus estimated that there were at least 5000, but modern archaeological estimates places the number more around 20,000.
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Level 59
May 20, 2019
Are you talking about just the Spartans or about the whole force (there were hoplites from cities other than Sparta there).
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Level 82
Jun 19, 2020
People do realize it. They also realize what the question is asking for and they answer it.
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Level 76
Aug 30, 2014
School was a l-o-o-ng time ago, but I surprised myself and only missed two. Some of those answers had to fight their way through the cobwebs in my brain.
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Level 70
Nov 16, 2016
In school we always learned that Euclid was the father of mathematics, not just geometry.
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Level 37
Nov 16, 2016
Ditto!
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Level 74
Nov 16, 2016
Your school lied to you.
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Level 61
Sep 21, 2020
The first time I ever heard of him was in trivia games.

Only the smart kids took geometry, not me.

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Level 78
Nov 16, 2016
I Love these quizzes! Easy for me, but really fun.
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Level 68
Nov 17, 2016
I get the columns easily, but have to think about the philosopher tutor? Something wrong with me...
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Level 24
Nov 19, 2016
Woah, nobody has argued yet about whether Alexander was actually from Macedonia or not. I guess it is never too late to start... LOL
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Level 84
Nov 20, 2016
He was born in Pella, in the ancient kingdom of Macedonia. What's to argue about? Of course he was from Macedonia.

The (completely silly) argument people like to have is about which modern nation-state gets the rights to use the name of the ancient kingdom and region.

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Level 75
Mar 11, 2021
At least he wasn't born on Cyprus.
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Level 67
Dec 12, 2016
Thank you, architecture school!
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Level 67
Sep 24, 2020
Missed two because I kept writing "Aristoteles" and "Phalange"

I kinda feel cheated.

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Level 67
Nov 20, 2020
My personal feeling is that if you are sure you have the right answer but it's not being accepted, it's perfectly fine to google the spelling.
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Level 73
Nov 20, 2020
I do this every time I have to spell Kouszckiousko.
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Level 68
Nov 20, 2020
i knew all of them and answered in less than half a minute. :)
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Level 46
Nov 20, 2020
It would be nice if "heuraka" worked too :)
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Level 75
Nov 20, 2020
Would it?
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Level 57
Nov 20, 2020
They say of the Acropolis, where the Parthenon is...
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Level 72
Nov 21, 2020
:-D

Made me smile!

BTW if you didn't smile, watch this!

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Level 72
Nov 20, 2020
I agree with the comment above that "The Oracle" question strongly implies that the Oracle of Delphi was the only oracle. That's not right. It was the most important, but the Dodona oracle was important, too. Plus there were lots of other oracles to different gods scattered throughout Greece.
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Level 77
Feb 9, 2021
Got all but Leonidas and Apollo!
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Level 31
Jun 7, 2021
I'm Greek so I got 20/20 easily.
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Level 83
Jan 2, 2022
Archimedes jumped out of the bath yelling "Eureka!" But, because he hadn't actually washed yet, everyone replied "You don't smella too gooda yourself!"
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Level 76
Feb 10, 2022
I really tried "Do not disturb my circles" before putting "Eureka" for the Archimedes one.
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Level 72
Oct 16, 2022
Good variety. Very fun.