Special Sub-Topic: Fun History VIII
|4th century B.C. What were the crimes for which the Athenian philosopher Socrates was sentenced to death?|
Impiety and the corruption of youth. Socrates was sentenced to death in Athens in 399 B.C for impiety and corrupting youth. He died by drinking hemlock.
|480 B.C. Three hundred Spartans and their Greek allies held off a numerically superior Persian army at the pass known as ...?|
Thermopylae. The place of this battle was Thermopylae where Leonidas and his 300 Spartans fought to the death in order to delay the Persian advance.
|What was the name of Alexander the Great's sister?|
Cleopatra. Cleopatra was Alexander's younger sister and she married another Alexander who was king of the Mossians, a client king of Macedon.
|What was the name of the wife of Ptolemy II Philadelphus, Pharaoh of Egypt?|
Arsinoe. Bas-reliefs in the British Museum show Ptolemy II Philadelphus (son of Alexander's general Ptolemy) with his queen, Arsinoe.
|The Gauls invaded Asia Minor in which year?|
278 B.C.. The Gauls invaded Asia Minor in 278 B.C. and were defeated by Antiochus Soter. Antiochus was the son of Seleucus Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's generals.
|Napoleon was beaten at Waterloo because of an earlier defeat by the Prussians at Ligny.|
f. Napoleon in fact beat the Prussians at Ligny in June 16, 1815. A messy and frantic battle, Napoleon failed to follow up his success.
|What was the name of the Emperor of barbarian stock elected by the legions in A.D 364?|
Valentinian I. Valentinian I was of Pannonian stock and low descent. However, he was a man of proven ability and when Jovian died the soldiers elected him Emperor. Realising the immense difficulty of ruling east and west he made a permanent division of the empire and made his brother Valens Augustus of the east. Valentinian died in A.D 375.
|The third French revolution created the third Republic and ensured the downfall of the Second Napoleonic Empire.|
f. The third French Revolution (1848) led to the Second Republic which led to the Second Napoleonic Empire.
|The Hall of Mirrors was used as a German military hospital during the Franco-Prussian war. Which palace contains the Hall of Mirrors?
Versailles. Not only was it used as a hospital for German troops, it was here on January 18, 1871, that William I of Prussia was proclaimed German Emperor.
|Prince Frederick William succeeded to the German Imperial throne in March, 1888 and was known as Emperor Frederick I. Under his leadership which war did Germany embark upon?|
None. Frederick I died from cancer of the throat in June of the same year, less than three months after ascending to the throne. It was William II, ruling from 1888 until his abdication in November 1918 who led Germany to and throughout WWI.
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