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Wicked Women in the Ancient World

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Wicked Women in the Ancient World game quiz
"The portrayal of women in the ancient world is often negative and morally questionable. Women can be murderesses, sorceresses, shrewd politicians, and incite terror using magic where they lack in physical prowess."

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1. Which Colchian wife of Jason murdered her children for revenge after he insulted her by taking a second wife?
    Medea
    Circe
    Jocasta
    Locusta


2. The witch Erichtho, who feeds on the dead and searches for dead bodies at night for her necromancy, features in which Roman epic?
    Virgil's Aeneid
    Lucan's Civil War
    Ovid's Metamorphoses
    Statius' Thebaid


3. The sorceress Circe, who traps Odysseus on her island, turns his crew into what?
    Pigs
    Rabbits
    Horses
    Snakes


4. In the first century AD, Agrippina the Younger had her husband murdered so that her son could seize power. Who was her son?
    Domitian
    Claudius
    Nero
    Caligula


5. Which famous poisoner was suspected of murdering both Claudius and Britannicus by slipping poison into their food and wine?
    Locusta
    Mara
    Clodia
    Claudia


6. Which powerful and influential wife of Claudius was executed after she was involved in a conspiracy to kill her husband?
    Answer: (One or two words)


7. One more on Claudius' disastrous choice of women: For what reason did Claudius and Plautia Urgulanilla divorce?
    Giving birth to an illegitimate son and slandering Claudius in public
    Promiscuity and involvement in a plot to assassinate the emperor
    Adultery and suspicion of her involvement in the murder of her sister-in-law
    Infertility and debauched behaviour


8. Which was NOT a motivation for Clytemnestra's murder of Agamemnon?
    Revenge for Agamemnon sacrificing their daughter (Iphigeneia)
    Punishment for her son's betrayal (Orestes)
    Jealousy over Agamemnon's concubine (Cassandra)
    Pressure from her new lover (Aegisthus)


9. Which unfortunate woman in Greek myth supposedly let all the evils into the world due to her curiosity?
    Daphne
    Pandora
    Persephone
    Narcissa


10. Which goddess, originating in Asia Minor and known as Trivia in Roman myth, was associated with witchcraft, sorcery and known as "Queen of the Ghosts"?
    Hecate
    Persephone
    Nemesis
    Amphitrite


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Compiled Jun 28 12