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1.
  World History   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
World History strictly B.C.
Tough, 25 Qns, Sprink1234, Mar 06 13
Tough
Sprink1234
26430 plays
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  A Brief History of Time BC   top quiz  
Ordering Quiz
 10 Qns
Let's see what you know about mankind's early history! Can you put these events in the correct chronological order? Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, May 16 23
Average
ponycargirl editor
May 16 23
809 plays
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  Lost Ancient Cities   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Can you name the ancient cities from these clues. From ancient Greece to the Incan Andes, stopping shortly to take a look through Europe and beyond!
Average, 10 Qns, durendal, Mar 29 20
Average
durendal
Mar 29 20
15613 plays
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  Who's Who in the Ancient Mediterranean?   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Can you identify these ten people from ancient times around the Mediterranean Sea?
Very Easy, 10 Qns, qrayx, Dec 22 22
Very Easy
qrayx
Dec 22 22
678 plays
5.
The GraecoRoman World
  The Graeco-Roman World    
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
The term "Graeco-Roman World" refers to a period of antiquity that lasted from approximately the 8th century BC-476 AD, a time when Greek and Roman culture reigned supreme in a large portion of the known world.
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Jan 04 23
Average
ponycargirl editor
Jan 04 23
416 plays
6.
On the Sacred Shores of the Mediterranean Sea
  On the Sacred Shores of the Mediterranean Sea   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
The Mediterranean basin is often associated with the Abrahamic religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This quiz, however, is dedicated to some of the unique religions that flourished in the area in the centuries before the advent of those three.
Average, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Oct 24 22
Recommended for grades: 11,12
Average
LadyNym gold member
Oct 24 22
370 plays
7.
Youve Gotta Love Those Hebrews
  You've Gotta Love Those Hebrews!   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Isn't it amazing that a people, who began as a small group of nomads, made one of the greatest contributions to our world today?
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Nov 02 17
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ponycargirl editor
Nov 02 17
1252 plays
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Best of the Best  Ancient Women
  Best of the Best: Ancient Women   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Throughout time there have been outstanding women who wrote "her story" rather than "his story". What do you know about these women who were known and respected throughout the ancient world?
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Jun 18 16
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ponycargirl editor
831 plays
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Tales of the Sacred Bull
  Tales of the Sacred Bull   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
In many ancient cultures, the bull was the symbol of power, fertility, and strength. Take the bull by the horns and see if you can identify the civilizations from the clues given.
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Jun 18 23
Average
ponycargirl editor
Jun 18 23
563 plays
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Swimming Through The Sea 3
  Swimming Through The Sea 3   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Today our "Swimming Through The Sea" series takes us to the Dead Sea, an area with an long historic past. Let's "swim" from shore to shore and see what we can find!
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Dec 21 17
Average
ponycargirl editor
Dec 21 17
393 plays
trivia question Quick Question
The expression 'an eye for an eye' has come to symbolize the principle behind what code of laws?

From Quiz "World History"




11.
  Ancient Geography   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
Twenty multiple choice questions on ancient locations and peoples.
Tough, 20 Qns, ironikinit, Jun 02 23
Tough
ironikinit
Jun 02 23
9529 plays
12.
  B. C. - They Lived Before Christ   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Much of importance happened in the era before Christ and many famous people lived then ... What can you remember of your history lessons that covered the B.C era in different parts of the world?
Average, 10 Qns, doomed, Mar 01 13
Average
doomed
6927 plays
13.
  Tales of Ancient Capitals   best quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Many times in history the major economic or religious center of a region became its capital. Let's see if you can match the ancient capital to the area or people it served.
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Jan 09 17
Average
ponycargirl editor
781 plays
14.
  Triumphal March   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Inspired by Giuseppe Verdi's famous composition, here's a matching quiz about the remarkable feats of some ancient rulers, conquerors and military leaders.
Easier, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Aug 08 16
Easier
LadyNym gold member
1209 plays
15.
Tales of the First Hanukkah
  Tales of the First Hanukkah   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
It's that time of the year again. Happy Hanukkah!
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Dec 09 15
Average
ponycargirl editor
421 plays
16.
  Ancient Leaders and their States   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 15 Qns
This is a match quiz. Assign the ancient leader to their cities or nations. The matches get more challenging as the quiz progresses.
Easier, 15 Qns, Ampelos, Aug 29 17
Easier
Ampelos gold member
Aug 29 17
865 plays
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  Ancient Historical Facts   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Just a few questions about the ancient world. Enjoy!
Difficult, 10 Qns, nerthus, Jun 17 22
Difficult
nerthus
Jun 17 22
13547 plays
18.
  Questions on Ancient Civilizations   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A little bit of ancient history.
Average, 10 Qns, robert362, Feb 11 02
Average
robert362
11619 plays
19.
Tales of the Ark of the Covenant
  Tales of the Ark of the Covenant   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
One of the most important symbols of the Jewish faith, the Ark of the Covenant is said to contain information that is important not only to Judaism, but to Christianity and Islam as well. What do you know about this artifact?
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Jul 03 15
Average
ponycargirl editor
613 plays
20.
  The First European Civilization   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Fifteen hundred years before the Classical Age in Greece, the Minoans built fine palaces, developed writing, and created an intricate plumbing system. Test your knowledge regarding the first European civilization.
Tough, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Dec 31 15
Tough
ponycargirl editor
3503 plays
21.
  World History Made Simple: 2900 B.C. - 800 B.C.   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
My last quiz covered two and a half millenia in ten questions, so I don't think anyone should have been brain damaged. Here are ten more significant events over the next 2100 years. Enjoy.
Average, 10 Qns, rblayer, Nov 30 15
Average
rblayer
7824 plays
22.
  The Goths   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Goths played a key role in bringing an already weakened West Roman Empire to its knees, and in turn they also established kingdoms of their own in parts the Western Empire. Find out more about this mysterious people.
Difficult, 10 Qns, bloomsby, May 23 13
Difficult
bloomsby gold member
4966 plays
23.
Ancient Anatolia
  Ancient Anatolia   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Anatolia, the ancient land of Turkey, was a happening place! Come and check out the accomplishments that were made there!
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Aug 03 15
Average
ponycargirl editor
363 plays
24.
  Ancient Capitals of the World   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Many times in history the major economic or religious center of a region became its capital. Let's see if you can correctly identify some ancient capital cities!
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Sep 07 18
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ponycargirl editor
Sep 07 18
662 plays
25.
  Traitors and Villains of the Ancient World   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some of the less honourable members of the ancient world are included in this quiz. Use the clues provided to identify them. Good Luck!
Average, 10 Qns, Gimpess, Nov 07 19
Average
Gimpess
Nov 07 19
5420 plays
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  Ancient Mediterranean Cities   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Can you match these ancient cities of the Mediterranean basin with their descriptions? Have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, shvdotr, Jun 08 17
Average
shvdotr gold member
Jun 08 17
801 plays
27.
  Women of the Ancient World   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In honor of Women's History Month, here's a tip of the hat to some women of the Ancient World. Have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, shvdotr, Mar 16 15
Average
shvdotr gold member
1493 plays
28.
  Tales of the Tribes: Result? Goose Egg!   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Twelve Tribes of Israel, descendants of Jacob, inhabited the land of Canaan for quite some time until a disagreement set the stage for a major disaster that resulted in the loss of identity for all tribes.
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, May 12 17
Average
ponycargirl editor
May 12 17
1326 plays
29.
  Tough Ancient Civilizations Quiz - 10 Questions   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I will give you a brief list of accomplishments or characteristics, of some rather obscure group of people and you shall ferret out the proper name.
Tough, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Sep 28 21
Tough
thejazzkickazz gold member
Sep 28 21
9044 plays
30.
  Operatic Ancient History - Non-Roman   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Here's another instalment on my series of combining classical music and history. Most of the operatic background was provided, as always, by the "Phaeton Great Opera Book", but also by www.operone.de. Have fun!
Average, 15 Qns, JanIQ, Nov 11 06
Average
JanIQ gold member
2254 plays
31.
  A Hodgepodge of Ancient History   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz was written as a challenge for the Amazing Race. I learned a lot from it and hope you do too.
Average, 10 Qns, playmate1111, Oct 23 13
Average
playmate1111 gold member
2535 plays
32.
  The World at One   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
What was the world like at the year 1 AD on the western calendar? Obviously the birth of civilization did not occur at this date, many civilizations had already come and gone...but what was happening in the world of that time? Let's find out...
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Mar 15 10
Very Difficult
thejazzkickazz gold member
5186 plays
33.
  Mediterranean World of Antiquity   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Welcome to the Mediterranean World of Antiquity.
Average, 10 Qns, the_villain, Nov 10 13
Average
the_villain
3350 plays
34.
  Those Migrating Indo-Europeans 2   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Descendents of the Indo-Europeans eventually settled in many places stretching from India to Europe. How much do you know about the Persians?
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Jul 08 10
Average
ponycargirl editor
1537 plays
35.
  The First Century: Christians, Romans, and Jews   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
This is quiz is on first century events as they concerned Christians, Romans, and Jews.
Difficult, 25 Qns, medvedok, Jul 16 10
Difficult
medvedok
2188 plays
36.
  Up From The Ruins - Ten Forgotten Cities   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Whether due to war, climate change or natural disaster, these cities were forgotten for centuries until being rediscovered. Now they're giving up their lost knowledge and adding to our history.
Average, 10 Qns, wilbill, Jan 05 15
Average
wilbill
1066 plays
37.
  10 Question Ancient Civilizations Quiz    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Can you recognize these ancient civilizations if I name three cities that were part of them?
Average, 10 Qns, reedy, Sep 20 21
Average
reedy gold member
Sep 20 21
3909 plays
38.
  Mighty Monarchs II (Barbarians)   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
Mighty Monarchs II covers a wide variety of Barbarian Kings and Queens that led their people through the age of the Roman Empire and into the Dark Ages. Includes odds and ends about powerful Barbarian Leaders that were in the service of Rome. Good Luck!
Tough, 25 Qns, hund, May 23 23
Tough
hund
May 23 23
1792 plays
39.
  The World in 500...AD!   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
In order to celebrate the creation of my 500th quiz, queries about the world of 500 AD have been selected. Thank you for your kind patronage...on to 1000!
Difficult, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Sep 10 07
Difficult
thejazzkickazz gold member
3850 plays
40.
  Ancient History   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Hello - and welcome to my first quiz. I'll keep this short. Have fun!
Tough, 10 Qns, trajancaesar, Feb 26 10
Tough
trajancaesar
3086 plays
41.
  Punny Classics    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
All you pun-loving Greeks and Romans out there, I have created a quiz just for you! Just pick the answer that's the worst joke, and you should do just fine!
Average, 10 Qns, pu2-ke-qi-ri, Jan 10 16
Average
pu2-ke-qi-ri
2225 plays
42.
  Ancient Civilizations Test Your Knowledge    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
I love ancient history. I hope you do too. Do this quiz to find out if you do.
Average, 15 Qns, CaraBrown, Mar 21 17
Average
CaraBrown
531 plays
43.
  World History Made Simple - 5500 - 3000 B.C.    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Sure it happened a long, long time ago. But the effects of these ten historical events are felt to this date. But ten dates from a two thousand five hundred year period should'nt be asking too much. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, rblayer, May 30 15
Average
rblayer
5192 plays
44.
  The World in 1000...B.C.   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is a very general survey of what the world looked like politically in 1000 B.C. Keep in mind that some dates are approximations...1000 B.C. was a long time ago after all! Have fun!
Difficult, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Sep 05 03
Difficult
thejazzkickazz gold member
4539 plays
45.
  A Little Ancient History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Just a few multiple choice questions. Have fun ...
Tough, 10 Qns, kaab, Mar 24 16
Tough
kaab
3513 plays
46.
  The Arcane Mysteries of the Great Gods   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is an attempt to shed some light into the chthonic mystery cult of the Great Gods, one of the most important Mysteries of the ancient world.
Tough, 10 Qns, tiye, Feb 22 17
Tough
tiye gold member
286 plays
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  Fun History IX    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A journey back over the centuries and some questions about famous people and events. It is quite a tough quiz but I hope you enoy it.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, trojan11, Jan 14 07
Very Difficult
trojan11
1602 plays
48.
  Antiquity - Other Missing Links    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Previous satisfactory experiences with this type of quiz made me submit yet another one. The purpose of each question is to match the 'missing link' with the given list of Antiquity related names.
Tough, 10 Qns, Mr5, Nov 06 03
Tough
Mr5
918 plays
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  Early Civilizations    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Test your knowledge in this easy test covering Paleolithic, Neolithic, Ancient Egypt and Hebraic times. This test covers basic humanitarian knowledge. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, lemunchii, Apr 13 18
Average
lemunchii
Apr 13 18
2553 plays
50.
  Facts    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Quiz on random facts from Ancient History.
Tough, 10 Qns, akkad22, Feb 26 10
Tough
akkad22
3337 plays
51.
  American Civilizations    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Hi! This is a short quiz about the ancient cultures, history and mythologies of Central and South America. Some of the questions are easy, some probably not so easy. Good luck!
Difficult, 10 Qns, Zyxzewski, May 23 13
Difficult
Zyxzewski
1501 plays
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  Chief Cities of Ancient Middle East Empires    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
In this quiz I will ask you for the chief cities/capitals of some ancient Middle East Empires.Some of the questions refer to Roman provincial organisation of the Middle East.I give you the name of the empire/province,you give me the city.
Tough, 20 Qns, author, Feb 20 10
Tough
author
1889 plays
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  Wicked Women in the Ancient World    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
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.
Tough, 10 Qns, Minerva, Jul 09 17
Tough
Minerva
Jul 09 17
1252 plays
54.
  The Barbarians of Europe   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz tests the knowledge of the barbarian tribes of early Europe, like the Visigoths and Ostrogoths, Huns, Vandals.
Average, 10 Qns, CzarManx, Sep 21 09
Average
CzarManx
3647 plays
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  Noble Steeds I: Ancient and Medieval    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Horses (well, I refer to one mule so let's make it 'equines') and riders ancient and medieval. Questions range from 'everyone ought to know it' to quite obscure... the bulk probably tend toward the latter end of the spectrum.
Difficult, 10 Qns, xaosdog, May 16 02
Difficult
xaosdog
2015 plays
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  AD 1: Dawn of a New Era    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a look at some of the events historians say happened in year AD 1. The events themselves were found using historymole.com.
Average, 10 Qns, Ilona_Ritter, Sep 23 16
Average
Ilona_Ritter gold member
707 plays
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  Antiquity - Missing Links    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This type of quiz is really relaxing: in each question you'll just have to find the missing link, given a series of names related to Ancient History.
Tough, 10 Qns, Mr5, Nov 01 03
Tough
Mr5
1747 plays
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  People From The Ancient World    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here's an assortment of questions having to do with key figures in the ancient world. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, robert362, Mar 25 09
Average
robert362
4347 plays
59.
  Ancient Hodgepodge II    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
More ancient hodgepodge for you to strain your brain over. But aren't those questions the best kind? This one is a bit different from the first, but I hope you enjoy it.
Difficult, 10 Qns, queenlibre, Feb 01 04
Difficult
queenlibre
1162 plays
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  Don't Forget the Pyrrhics!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is really a double quiz about the two very different meanings of the word pyrrhic, both having an ancient history.
Average, 10 Qns, Katval, Dec 07 13
Average
Katval
436 plays
61.
  Greek and Roman Wars and Battles    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz that is focused on wars and battles from ancient times. Enjoy!
Difficult, 10 Qns, wriggly9, Feb 22 12
Difficult
wriggly9
844 plays
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  Kings, Queens, and Rulers of the Ancient World    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is the first in a series of ten quizzes. Starting in around 3000 BC and ending in the 1960s, each one deals with a different leader who has had a great impact on history. Good luck!
Difficult, 10 Qns, Angela XIV, Mar 12 04
Difficult
Angela XIV
2301 plays
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  Near East History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Classical civilizations shaped our world today, but Near Eastern civilizations started it all.
Tough, 10 Qns, ion, Apr 13 10
Tough
ion
2348 plays
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  Ancient Hodgepodge    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about the ancient world? This quiz contains a hodgepodge of questions about such things as the ancient Near East to the ancient Celts and Romans, with some India and Japan thrown in for some extra spice.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, queenlibre, Sep 13 03
Very Difficult
queenlibre
1375 plays
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  Indo-Europeans    
Multiple Choice
 5 Qns
5 questions on the ancient Indo-European tribes that swept through the Middle East, India and Europe many centuries ago.
Difficult, 5 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Mar 04 05
Difficult
thejazzkickazz gold member
1522 plays
66.
  More Ancient Quotes    
Multiple Choice
 5 Qns
Submitted for your amusement are some tautological maxims of confusion. Who uttered these riddles?
Difficult, 5 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Mar 18 08
Difficult
thejazzkickazz gold member
998 plays
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Ancient History Trivia Questions

1. Under the leadership of Joshua, the Twelve Tribes of Israel formed a religious league. What is this type of organization called?

From Quiz
Tales of the Tribes: Result? Goose Egg!

Answer: Confederation

According to the book of Joshua in the Bible, when the Hebrews returned to Canaan after their stay in Egypt, they first had to reassert their control over the area, as many other groups had come to occupy the land. Joshua then divided portions of land, according to the size of the tribe and by drawing lots, between the descendants of eleven of the twelve sons of Jacob, who was also called Israel. The confederation that they formed was based on the fact that the member tribes shared the same religion, language, and laws.

2. Sparta belongs to what modern country?

From Quiz Ancient Civilizations

Answer: Greece

Sparta was an ancient Greek city state known for its military strength. It was a rival of Athens, a more intellectual city state.

3. The Sanctuary of the Great Gods and all the buildings that supported the ritual ceremonies were built οn an isolated island of the Northern Aegean Sea whose mountain is called Saos. What is the name of the island?

From Quiz The Arcane Mysteries of the Great Gods

Answer: Samothrace

The island of Samothrace belongs to the Northern Greek prefecture of Thrace and is found at a distance of 24 nautical miles from its shores. The name of the island means "Tall Thrace" because of mountain Saos, the tallest mountain on an Aegean island outside Crete and Euboia. The Temple complex is situated at the southern side of the island, between the coast and Mount Saos. Excavations at the nearby settlement of Mikro Vouni (small mountain) revealed the social structure of a 2nd millennium BC settlement and a number of findings which supported some of the theories about the Mysteries of the Great Gods. The dating of the buildings and artifacts extend from the 7th century BC well into the 3rd century AD.

4. Tradition says the present era is dated from the birth of this man in AD 1. Who was this man?

From Quiz AD 1: Dawn of a New Era

Answer: Jesus Christ

I say 'tradition' because historians and Bible scholars both say that the year of Jesus' birth was actually about 4 BC. Often BC (Before Christ) has been replaced with BCE (Before Common Era) in order to be multicultural.

5. In 53 B.C. Crassus and his Roman legions suffered a massive defeat at the Battle of Carrhae. Who were Romans fighting?

From Quiz Greek and Roman Wars and Battles

Answer: Parthians

Out of the 35,000 Romans at Carrhae only about 15,000 survived the battle, and 10,000 of these survivors were captured by the Parthians.

6. What modern day country is what remains of the Persian empire?

From Quiz Those Migrating Indo-Europeans 2

Answer: Iran

The modern day country of Iran is all that is left of the great Persian empire of ancient times. Persia was the official name that the Western world gave to the area until 1935, however, Persians had used the name Iran for centuries. The name means "land of the Aryans."

7. During which time period did the island of Crete dominate the islands of the Aegean Sea?

From Quiz The First European Civilization

Answer: 2000 B.C.-1500 B.C.

It has been suggested that the first inhabitants of Crete migrated there from Anatolia between 4000 B.C.-3000 B.C. The Pre-Palace Period (2600 B.C.-2000 B.C) was characterized by a cultural change, probably caused by the arrival of new settlers. There was rapid development in all kinds of art, especially gold-working. Sometime around 1500 B.C. a violent series of volcanic eruptions began on the nearby island of Thera, resulting in the disappearance of Minoan civilization. From 2000 B.C.-1500 B.C. the island of Crete was the center of an advanced maritime civilization, which dominated the Aegean, mainland Greece, and some areas in Asia Minor. Palaces were constructed and writing was invented.

8. Which Colchian wife of Jason murdered her children for revenge after he insulted her by taking a second wife?

From Quiz Wicked Women in the Ancient World

Answer: Medea

Medea was essential for Jason's success in obtaining the Golden Fleece. He promised to marry her in return and got more than he bargained for. This version of the myth is most famous in the play "Medea" by Euripides.

9. Where are Homer's "Pillars of Herakles?"

From Quiz Mediterranean World of Antiquity

Answer: Between Spain and Morocco

According to Homer, the lost city of Atlantis is supposedly "beyond the Pillars of Hercules."

10. What was the name (not title) of the grandfather of Rameses II?

From Quiz Fun History IX

Answer: Parmesse

Paramesse son of Seti was grandfather to Rameses II. He was an army officer from Lower Egypt who rose to be chief minister to Horemheb. When Horemheb died childless Parmesse became king and assumed the title Rameses I. Parmesse was the founder of the 19th dynasty (1295 B.C) but he reigned for less than two years. Upon his death his son Seti I assumed the throne.

11. Living between 85BCE and 42BCE he is responsible for one of the most infamous assassinations in the ancient world. Although he was just one of many conspirators, it is his name that resounds through the ages. Who was it?

From Quiz Traitors and Villains of the Ancient World

Answer: Marcus Junius Brutus Caepio

Marcus Junius Brutus, known as Brutus, was born into a relatively unimportant Roman family. He was adopted by his uncle at 15 and added the latter's cognomen, Caepio, to his own. Brutus aligned himself against the First Triumvirate of Pompey, Crassus and Caesar. After the defeat of Brutus' allies at the Battle of Pharsalus, he wrote to Caesar and asked for his forgiveness. His letter was answered very kindly by Caesar, who promoted him and made him governor of Gaul. He and his fellow conspirators assassinated Julius Caesar on the Ides of March in 44BCE. The famous phrase 'Et tu, Brute' is used by Shakespeare a the end of his play 'Julius Caesar', but Suetonius records the phrase to be 'Even you, my child'. This had led to speculation that Brutus could have been the illegitimate son of Julius Caesar, as his mother was Caesar's mistress. This would have put Caesar's age at 15 at the time of Brutus' birth, and this had led most historians to claim that he cannot be the father. Brutus has been much vilified in literature, Dante places him in the same category Judas Iscariot, being tortured by the Devil but never killed in 'Divine Comedy'.

12. According to written sources what did the Goths regard as their original homeland?

From Quiz The Goths

Answer: Scandinavia

The main early written source is that of Jordanes (sixth century, dates of birth and death unknown). It includes a shortened version of a history of the Goths by Cassiodorus (480-575). Much of what Jordanes wrote about the history of the Goths is fantastical. Moreover, there is no sound archaeological evidence to substantiate this claim. However, as late as the 17th century the Swedish monarchy sometimes claimed to be the true heir to the Goths' kingdoms.

13. The Great Pyramids of Cheops were built c. 2560 BC. Where?

From Quiz World History Made Simple: 2900 B.C. - 800 B.C.

Answer: Giza

Rising to over 480 feet in height, it is estimated that as many as 100,000 laborers were use during construction.

14. In 5500 B.C. some bright Egyptians wove threads of this plant to create the first fabric.

From Quiz World History Made Simple - 5500 - 3000 B.C.

Answer: Flax

Perhaps animal hides went out of fashion.

15. Thinis - Memphis - Thebes - Akhetaton - Tanis - ?

From Quiz Antiquity - Other Missing Links

Answer: Sais

These were the capitals of Ancient Egypt. Thinis is traditionally regarded as the first capital of Egypt. Menes who united the two kingdoms of Upper and Lower Egypt for the first time, founded his new capital at Memphis. During the Middle Kingdom the capital was moved to Thebes. Around 1650 BC, the Hyksos invaded Egypt and for about 100 years they ruled Upper Egypt from their capital Auaris. For a brief period of time - during the reign of Amenophis IV (the 'heretical king') - the capital became Akhetaton (El Amarna). The monotheistic cult of Aton, introduced by Amenophis IV was rejected and after his death Thebes was restored as capital. During the rule of the XIXth Dynasty, the capital was the City of Rhamses (also known as Tanis - the old Hyksos city of Auaris in the Nile Delta). Under Psamtik, who freed Egypt from the Assyrians, the Empire - with Sais as its capital - had experienced its last revival before being defeated by the Persians.

16. What culture is considered to be the oldest in South and Central America?

From Quiz American Civilizations

Answer: Olmecs

The Olmec culture dates back to 1500 BC. Mayans are a bit younger, but Aztecs and Toltecs were relative newcomers to history, first appearing in approximately the 13th century AD. The Olmecs were also known as "rubber" or "jaguar" people: rubber was an important item to trade and there are a lot of "were-jaguar" motifs left. Today they are best known by the massive heads, made of stone.

17. Which modern Egyptian city occupies the site of ancient Thebes?

From Quiz Ancient Geography

Answer: Luxor

Thebes is actually the Greek name for the city. The Egyptian name was Wase or Nowe. Luxor is near the Valley of the Tombs of the Kings, the location of the Tomb of Tutankhamen.

18. What Visigoth, son of Alaric I, joined his forces with the Romans against the Huns in 451 AD at the Battle of Chalons?

From Quiz The Barbarians of Europe

Answer: Theodoric I

Theodoric I died in the Battle of Chalons, and was succeeded by his son Euric.

19. The Pharaoh Khufu (Also known as Cheops, in Greek) built the Great Pyramid, and called it 'Ikhet'. What does the word 'Ikhet' mean in ancient Egyptian?

From Quiz Kings, Queens, and Rulers of the Ancient World

Answer: The Glorious

He chose the name well for something that is still "glorious" after nearly fifty centuries!

20. Cuzco, Quito, Machu Picchu.

From Quiz Ancient Civilizations

Answer: Inca

The Incas at one time believed that they had conquered the whole world. They called their empire the "Four Quarters of the World." At its peak, the empire covered an area 4,800 km long and 960 km wide.

21. Nippur - Uruk - Eridu - Ur - ?

From Quiz Antiquity - Missing Links

Answer: Lagash

The common link: they were all Sumerian city-states, founded during the 4th millenium B.C.

22. Which dynasty was firmly in power along the Yellow River and Yangtze River valleys by the year 1000 B.C.?

From Quiz The World in 1000...B.C.

Answer: Zhou

The Zhou, a former feudal tributary of the Shang kingdom, had taken power in China sometime around 1045 B.C. (some estimates are earlier) by defeating their former masters, the Shang, at the battle of Muye.

23. What is the name of the African tribe who have advanced knowledge of the Sirius star system?

From Quiz Facts

Answer: Dogon

They claim their ancestors received this knowledge from the Ancient Egyptians.

24. The Vandals sacked Rome in 455 AD (Jun 2-16). Which King of the Vandals directed the pillage?

From Quiz Mighty Monarchs II (Barbarians)

Answer: Gaiseric

After first temporarily settling in Spain the Vandals crossed over into Africa (429 AD) under Gaiseric (r. 428-477 AD) and eventually established a permanent kingdom (c. 439 AD). Gaiseric would depart Rome with Licinia Eudoxia, widow of the late emperor Valentinian III (r. 425-455 AD), as a captive.

25. The ancient Indo-European tribes were split into western and eastern groups. The languages of the eastern group were called 'satem', Sanskrit for 'hundred'. What was the western group called?

From Quiz Indo-Europeans

Answer: Centum & Kentum

The main languages of the eastern group were Sanskrit and Iranian. The western group included Latin, Greek, Celtic and the Germanic languages.

26. According to legend, who founded Rome?

From Quiz A Little Ancient History

Answer: Romulus

Romulus and Remus were twin brothers, who at birth were placed into a basket and set afloat on the Tiber. The two brothers were raised by a she-wolf. They were placed in charge of a new city, Remus became angry as Romulus was given a larger share and he attacked his brother, who killed him.

27. Which tribe of the Benin area referred to themselves as 'those who are the real architects of the world'?

From Quiz Ancient Civilizations

Answer: Battamaliba

Ornate and circular huts they created, and with surrounding peoples in the region created a 'Black Byzantium'.

28. The Phoenicians were known for what trait?

From Quiz Ancient Civilizations

Answer: Seamanship

They sailed the world as merchants.

29. In 356 BC, a man named Herostratus tried to seek immortality by burning one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Which wonder was this?

From Quiz Ancient Historical Facts

Answer: Temple of Artemis

The attempt worked somewhat - his name was immortalized.

30. What was the first city in the Near East Region?

From Quiz Near East History

Answer: Ur

Ur is considered by many to be the oldest city in the world.

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