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Geography of Ancient Greece

Can you guess theses answers related to the geography of ancient Greece and its colonies?
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Last updated: March 26, 2020
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First submittedJanuary 15, 2017
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City called the "Birthplace of Democracy"
Athens
Most famous temple in the above, many of whose artifacts reside in the British Museum
The Parthenon
Term for a citadel built on an area of elevated ground with steep cliffs
Acropolis
City which was the dominant land power in Greece until 371 BC
Sparta
City in Turkey that was destroyed by Greeks in "The Iliad"
Troy
Greek kingdom led by Philip and Alexander
Macedon
African city, founded in 331 BC, which was famous for its library
Alexandria
Highest mountain in Greece; home of the gods
Mount Olympus
Place where the oracle of Apollo could be found
Delphi
Island whose harbor was guarded by a marvelous colossus
Rhodes
Island home to the lyrical poet Sappho
Lesbos
Sea in which the two above islands can be found
Aegean
City whose "sacred band" of elite warriors consisted of 150 male couples
Thebes
Island home to the Greek colony of Syracuse
Sicily
City-state which gave its name to a type of column and two books of the New Testament
Corinth
Island on which Theseus slew the Minotaur
Crete
Greek battle site about 25 miles from Athens, namesake of a type of footrace
Marathon
Greek colony on the Bosporus which was later renamed Constantinople
Byzantium
"New city" in Italy founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC
Neápolis (Naples)
City which dominated Greece before 1200 BC, and whose collapse marked the
start of the Greek Dark Ages
Mycenae
32 Comments
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Level 56
Apr 29, 2017
Since this quiz is about Greece, it would be nice to accept the Greek name of the city, Byzantion.
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Level 60
May 2, 2017
Yes, this would be better - Byzantium is the Latin version of the name, Byzantion is the Greek.
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Level ∞
Mar 26, 2020
Byzantion will work now.
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Level 88
Apr 29, 2017
Very nice quiz!
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Level 89
Apr 30, 2017
Hmm. Tougher than I thought, but still did pretty well.
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Level 74
May 1, 2017
The hardest part of history quizes is to find the names of the places in English :)
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Level 63
May 1, 2017
I kept wanting to put Knossos for answer #20... darn being uninformed
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Level 79
May 1, 2017
Byzantium was on the Bosporus, not the Hellespont.
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Level 73
Feb 27, 2020
That's right. Hellespont = Dardanelles.
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Level ∞
Mar 26, 2020
This has been fixed. The geography of that area is very confusing.
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Level 58
May 3, 2020
i think napoli should be accepted as it is the italian name
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Level 60
May 26, 2020
Slight mistake: There is an unnecessary "/" at the end of the Mount Olympus question.
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Level 46
May 26, 2020
I think it is supposed to say "gods/goddesses."
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Level 72
May 26, 2020
Technically, Troy does not get destroyed in the Iliad. The poem covers a very specific part of the ten year siege, from the rift between Achilles and Agamemnon to the death of Hector. I suggest replacing "destroyed" with "besieged".
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Level 65
May 26, 2020
Both napoli and naples didn't work, i think that they should be accepted too
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Level ∞
May 27, 2020
Naples works.
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Level 46
May 27, 2023
Why not napoli
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Level 43
May 26, 2020
"Elgin" marbles my colo. They were bought from the Ottomans who didn't and don't care about the antiquities they conquered. Crappy stewards of history. Thanks Brits for keeping them safe from the Turks. Now please give them back.
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Level 68
Oct 31, 2023
They were barely bought - more like looted because nobody said no. Elgin's men literally sawed the sculptures from the blocs they were attached to, and destroyed countless in the process. Even later, the British Museum inflicted irreparable damage on many of them, by trying to "clean" them with wire brushes and the wrong detergent.
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Level 65
May 26, 2020
Playing Assassins Creed Odyssey certainly helped
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Level 64
May 27, 2020
I knew about the Thebes in ancient Egypt. TIL there was another Thebes in ancient Greece.
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Level 50
May 27, 2020
TIL there was a Thebes in Ancient Egypt.
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Level 83
Feb 13, 2022
Now part of Luxor
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Level 85
May 30, 2020
I think it would be better to say that Troy is in modern day Turkey, as Turkey obviously didn't exist at the time.
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Level 68
Oct 31, 2023
I second that.
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Level 59
May 31, 2020
Napoli should work because Naples does and there is still a typo in "Home of the Greek gods/"
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Level 16
Aug 16, 2020
Korinth should be accepted as well
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Level 55
Mar 16, 2021
The image at the top of the quiz does not picture the Parthenon, which is in Athens. It's ancient Delphi. That's where the famous fortune-teller (for the lack of a better word) of her time, named Pythia could be found.
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Level 33
Apr 21, 2021
Nice, thanks! It would be fun for us who know our classics a bit better to have Ilium (and, perhaps, Ilion – I discovered you had added Byzantion) as an alternative for Troy, but that's just nitpicking.
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Level 66
May 14, 2023
Glad i read bronze age collapse, otherwise no way i got the final question
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Level 73
May 19, 2023
"Can you guess *theses* answers"
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Level 72
Dec 6, 2023
Why isn't Napoli accepted?