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Languages of the Roman Empire with a Map

With the help of a map, can you guess all the languages that were spoken within the Roman Empire in 117 AD?
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According to own research. Note that this map may not be 100% accurate.
Quiz by Dekkie
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Last updated: July 8, 2023
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First submittedMay 19, 2021
Times taken32,760
Average score22.4%
Rating4.87
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Afro-Asiatic
Beja
Biblical Hebrew
Coptic
Demotic
Eastern Berber
Kabyle
Northern Berber
Numidian
Old Arabic
Old Aramaic
Phoenician
Punic
 
Anatolian
Ancient Cappadocian
Isaurian
Pisidian
Celtic
Celtiberian
Common Brittonic
Galatian
Gallaecian
Gaulish
Noric
 
Germanic
Elbe Germanic
Weser-Rhine Germanic
 
Hellenic
Greek
Iranian
Alanic
Median
Old Persian
Parthian
Sarmatian
 
Kartvelian
Colchian
Georgian
Svan
 
Nilo-Saharan
Meroitic
Nubian
Northeast Caucasian
Avar-Andic
Khinalug
Nakh
Samur
Tsezic
 
Northwest Caucasian
Abazgi
East Circassian
Ubykh
West Circassian
 
Paleo-Balkan
Dacian
Dardanian
Illyrian
Paeonian
Paphlagonian
Phrygian
Thracian
Paleo-European
Aquitanian
Iberian
Ligurian
Paleo-Corsican
Paleo-Sardinian
Turdetani
 
Romance
Latin
 
Tyrsenian
Rhaetic
 
Other Indo-European
Armenian
Lusitanian
42 Comments
+15
Level 59
May 21, 2021
But maybe you could be more tolerant to incorrect Endings like for example {Etruscian, Etruscic} for Etruscan. They are mostly extinct languages with a less standardized Names, which can make it unnecessarily difficult even for Persons who know their Stuff. Also you could accept Aquitanian for Vasconic.

But otherwise I love your Quiz in both Idea and Execution.

And of course I nominated it.

+14
Level 55
May 21, 2021
Thanks! I'll be more lenient on the suffixes for the languages then.
+5
Level 59
May 21, 2021
Thanks
+5
Level 79
Jul 16, 2021
Its a great quiz. Could Nabataean on its own be accepted?
+2
Level 55
Jul 16, 2021
Thanks. This has been done now.
+3
Level 63
Aug 28, 2021
Good quiz. Nominated.
+1
Level 55
Aug 29, 2021
Thanks!
+2
Level 81
Aug 29, 2021
Awesome quiz! Nominated.
+1
Level 55
Aug 29, 2021
Thanks!
+2
Level 76
Oct 8, 2021
Perfect Quiz. Congrats !!! Nominated!!!
+1
Level 55
Oct 8, 2021
Thank you!
+2
Level 67
Mar 25, 2022
19/58 a lot more than i expected
+2
Level 75
Mar 31, 2022
awesome.

nominated and favourited

+1
Level 55
Mar 31, 2022
Thanks!
+4
Level 82
Jul 30, 2022
Got 20... feel like I should have gotten a few more, though, after seeing the answers.

I see some comments above referencing Nabatean and Etruscan but didn't see those on the quiz even though I guessed them.... was the quiz shrunk or simplified?

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Level 55
Jul 31, 2022
It was corrected. Mainly because the older version included several languages that were (long) extinct by this time period.
+7
Level 71
Dec 15, 2022
Great quiz as always.

It's these quizzes that particularly deserve the spotlight in my opinion — they're super well-made, but also rather niche.

+4
Level 55
Dec 15, 2022
Thanks! These quizzes that take so much time to do research on, mainly due to the fact that information about historical languages can be very scarce and approximate dates of language death can be very misleading. Later versions of this quiz had certain languages both removed and added due to mistakes I made before.
+2
Level 75
May 21, 2023
Impressive quiz.
+6
Level 55
May 27, 2023
Great quiz! Could you accept Carthaginian for Punic?
+1
Level 55
Jun 16, 2023
Great quiz! I'd like to say that Kabyle is a berber language thats why I didnt understand why it's separed from others
+4
Level 55
Jun 16, 2023
Thanks! It is listed as a Berber language. Kabyle was one of the first Berber languages to splinter off from Proto-Berber.
+5
Level 74
Jul 3, 2023
Great quiz! Intensely difficult leading to many rabbit holes of learning
+2
Level 55
Jul 4, 2023
Thanks! For sure! I learned quite a bit while originally making this one too. I personally think it's pretty fun learning about ancient languages that are no longer spoken today.
+1
Level 63
Jul 6, 2023
Pretty cool quiz.
+2
Level 74
Jul 7, 2023
What is the difference between phoenician and punic?
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Level 55
Jul 7, 2023
Punic descends from Phoenician. As Carthaginians descend from the colonising Phoenicians in modern-day Tunisia, the Punic language would slowly become separate from the Phoenician language.
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Level 73
Jul 8, 2023
Ubykh only disappeared with the death of its last native speaker in the last century. It was known for its paucity of vowels and proliferation of consonants; it was once described as sounding like a handful of pebbles dropped onto a marble floor.
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Level 55
Jul 8, 2023
And as late as 1992 too. Always sad when language death occurs, but I believe that a lot of it was thankfully preserved through audio recordings and other documentation.
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Level 86
Jul 8, 2023
By 100 AD, was Coptic not in the process of replacing Demotic? And could you accept Britonic and/or Brythonic?
+3
Level 55
Jul 8, 2023
It is true however that Coptic started developing in the 1st or/and 2nd centuries, though the exact point of diversion from Demotic isn't completely certain. Coptic was mostly definitely separate by the 3rd century. These type-ins should also already work.
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Level 67
Jul 8, 2023
Nice quiz!

I have a few suggestions though:

1. I think you should either group Berber with Afroasiatic (because Berber is Afroasiatic) or rename "Afroasiatic" to "other Afroasiatic" or something like that.

2. I think you should unite the Indo-European isolates together (Lusitanian, Greek, Armenian) instead of puting them in "other" to give a bit more clarity

Still a great idea for a quiz!

+2
Level 55
Jul 8, 2023
Thanks! I'll take this into account.
+3
Level 56
Jul 8, 2023
I got 34% and still got 4 points. Hard quiz!
+1
Level 89
Aug 17, 2023
I tried Phoenician and it wasn't accepted. I must have misspelled it...maybe Phoenecian?
+2
Level 75
Sep 4, 2023
Wow I scored 31 and needed 32 for five points ;(

Awesome quiz dude! Kudos!!

+1
Level 55
Sep 4, 2023
Thanks!
+3
Level 43
Dec 14, 2023
Lovely quiz. Shocked to see Khinalug language from Azerbaijan. Great details!
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Level 55
Dec 15, 2023
Thanks! Khinalug was a lot more far-spread back then but later declined with the spread of the Azeri language. Unfortunately a lot of other languages in the Northwest and Northeast Caucasian language families have also declined a lot since then and consist of a lot of threatened languages spoken by just mere thousands or less.
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Level 70
Jan 20, 2024
Can we accept “Cappadocian”?
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Level 60
Apr 3, 2024
Could you accept Corsu / Corse for Corsican?
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Level 41
May 29, 2024
Moesian would be considered distrinct from tracian.