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History by Letter - P

Can you name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter P?
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Last updated: July 27, 2019
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First submittedJuly 26, 2014
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Aristotle's teacher
Plato
Canal finished in 1914
Panama Canal
Venetian who wrote about
his travels to China in the 1200s
Marco Polo
Former English spelling of Beijing
Peking
Ancient Egyptian writing material
Papyrus
Ancient sea-going civilization
that invented the alphabet
Phoenician
Japanese target on Dec 7, 1941
Pearl Harbor
Temple on the acropolis of Athens
Parthenon
Disease that killed over 1/3rd of
Europe in the 1300s
Plague
Germanic country known for
its efficient military
Prussia
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Answer
Roman city destroyed by the
eruption of Mt. Vesuvius
Pompeii
Title for the ruler of ancient Egypt
Pharaoh
First emperor of Brazil
Pedro
Conqueror of the Incas
Francisco Pizarro
Celtic tribe of ancient Scotland
Picts
"Great" tsar of Russia
Peter the Great
Empire ruled by Cyrus and Xerxes
Persia
U.S. era when alcohol sales
were banned
Prohibition
Co-founder of Cubism
Pablo Picasso
Name of two British PMs,
elder and younger
William Pitt
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Level 84
Jul 28, 2014
Could you accept 'phoenician'
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Level ∞
Jul 28, 2014
Ok
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Level 43
Apr 1, 2019
I tried variations of "Phonetian" so many times
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Level 71
May 21, 2019
Phoenician is actually the correct spelling. You should change the answer...
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Level 79
May 24, 2020
Are you suggesting that Phoenician should be spelled phonetically?
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Level 72
Sep 15, 2014
16/20. It would have been 17 if I had any idea how to write phoenician... But how could I know if there isn't even a wikipedia page about the topic in English...
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Level 77
Sep 23, 2014
There's a wikipedia page about Phoenicia. I had no clue about the English spelling either and admit I looked it up in Finnish on wikipedia and then checked the English page.
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Level 82
Sep 23, 2014
huh? There are wiki pages on waaaay more obscure stuff than the Phoenician civilization and alphabet.
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Level 58
Sep 19, 2014
I read somewhere that the first Brazilian Emperor came to power largely due to support from Napoleon...
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Level 60
Jul 29, 2021
Unfortunately, you read wrong. The fact that he was crowned in 1822, seven years after Napoleon was dethroned, is enough of a giveaway. But Napoleon had something to do with it, I wouldn't say support, but an influence.

Basically, the Portugese royal family escaped to Brazil in 1807, due to fear of Napoleon's invasion. Because of that, Brazil gained equal rights with Portugal. After Napoleonic wars, the Portugese government wanted to revert Brazil's status back to being a colony, which obviously caused an unrest in Brazil and they declared independence.

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Level 50
Sep 23, 2014
I read Cubism as Communism, trying to think of someone who wasn't Marx. Oh well.
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Level 67
Sep 23, 2014
They're both dialectical, in a way. Materialist too.
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Level 82
Sep 23, 2014
I think you answer you were looking for is Friedrich Pengels.
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Level 78
Apr 10, 2020
Engels*
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Level 89
May 22, 2020
Pringles*
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Level 79
May 24, 2020
Dangles*
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Level 82
Jun 24, 2022
Engels doesn't start with P, silly.
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Level 65
Jul 2, 2017
I read it as Cuba, so all I could think of was Che Guevara of Fidel Castro. Oops.
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Level 75
Sep 23, 2014
Missed Picts, Pitt, and Pedro. Always a good quiz when I learn something new. Thanks!
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Level 75
May 22, 2020
I didn't learn much. Just took the quiz again and missed the same three. Maybe third time will be charm.
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Level 38
Sep 23, 2014
Fun fact: William Pitt is also Brad Pitts real name.
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Level 37
Sep 23, 2014
Lucked into Pedro using the search-and-destroy method on Latin P names.
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Level 29
Sep 26, 2014
Maybe you could accept "Pestilence" for the bubonic plague
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Level 90
Oct 13, 2014
Lord Palmerston!
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Level ∞
Oct 27, 2016
Pitt. The. Elder.
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Level 47
May 19, 2016
every one but Prussia facepalmed when i saw
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Level 71
Oct 25, 2016
It is interesting that King Pedro of Portugal had to flee Portugal when France invaded and then when the people of Brazil rose up against the Portuguese rulers he chose to fight for Brazil and defeated the Portuguese supporting armies in Brazil and was made President. Quite a character.
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Level 47
Jan 6, 2017
Thank goodness for Civ 5 for Pedro
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Level 88
May 22, 2020
My obsession with Civ V has served me well on many a Jetpunk quiz
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Level 37
Jan 28, 2019
Missed one: Pompeii. I can never remember that city's name!
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Level 88
Mar 31, 2019
Anyone else have Pliny pop into your head even though it obviously would have to be Pitt?
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Level 65
Nov 20, 2019
Yes, but pitt immediately followed. Pliny (the elder) ow no pitt (the elder)
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Level 53
May 24, 2020
Yes, that happened to me.
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Level 59
May 22, 2020
Maybe change "germanic" in "former germanic" its kinda confusing
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Level 78
Jun 11, 2020
Is there anything currently existing that you would call germanic?
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Level 32
Jan 10, 2022
germany
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Level 88
May 22, 2020
Oh, so Pele wasn't the first emperor of Brazil? Dang it...
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Level 68
May 22, 2020
I saw "Germanic country" and I was thinking about the letter P so my first thought was Poland then I busted out laughing when I saw the "efficient military" part
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Level 66
Jun 29, 2022
If I really wanted to learn history I'd check the link between the Venitians and Phoenicians according to Miles Mathis.
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Level 76
Jun 29, 2022
Did you know that there was a third William Pitt? He didn't go into politics like his father and grandfather. He went into metal work. He was Pitt the Welder.
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Level 57
Oct 1, 2023
I though he was Pitt the Even Younger. Maybe its just because I watched Blackadder.
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Level 66
Dec 8, 2023
Accept "Pyotr"?
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Level 67
Dec 21, 2023
Wow, why didn’t I guess “Panama Canal”, the most answered question in this quiz?