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Quiz about Ancient Wars and Warriors
Quiz about Ancient Wars and Warriors

Ancient Wars and Warriors Trivia Quiz


Many wars occurred during Antiquity and all of them had a part in the shaping of the world as it is know. In this quiz, the focus is on ten of them and limited to Europe. Enjoy!

A multiple-choice quiz by DeepHistory. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
DeepHistory
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
375,065
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
688
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Question 1 of 10
1. Although what we know about the Trojan War is surrounded by myth, it has been proven that it happened, yet it is difficult to distinguish the myth from the facts. In which of the following works is the Trojan War discussed? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The Persian Wars were a series of wars fought by the Greek city states against the imperialistic Persian Empire. Which of the following battles was NOT fought during the Persian Wars? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. After the victory in the Persian Wars, the glory and splendor of Ancient Greece reached its zenith. However, Athens and Sparta, the two greatest city-states, competed fiercely against each other and finally open war was upon them. This was the Peloponnesian War. Which of the following historians wrote in length about it? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Alexander the Great is the only military leader who is reputed to have been undefeated in battle. Which of the following was NOT one of his subordinates? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. In the Hellenistic era, King Pyrrhus had the ambition of being the second Alexander the Great, by undoing the Romans and accomplishing in the West what Alexander did in the East. What was the name of Pyrrhus' kingdom? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In her efforts to become a leading power, Rome faced sufficient opposition from the city of Carthage in northern Africa (present day Tunisia), whose interests collided with those of Rome. After the three Punic Wars, Carthage was subjugated to Rome, but what was the year that marked her final collapse? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. In the same year Carthage was destroyed, the Romans acquired control of Greece, defeating the Achaean League and burning the city of Corinth. Who was the Roman praetor whose legions won the day? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. After the conquest of Greece, Rome continued to expand towards both the east and the west. Yet, there were periods of unrest within the Roman state, such as the slave rebellion of Spartacus. Which of the following historical figures did NOT have a part, as a commander of troops, in putting down the insurrection? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The Roman Empire reached its zenith around the reign of Emperor Trajan. One of Trajan's accomplishments was his conquest of Dacia, but who was the last king of that country? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. As the years passed, the Roman Empire declined and Emperor Diocletian devised the system of Tetrarchy which, after his death, was the cause of a bitter civil war. One of the most decisive battles of the Civil Wars of the Tetrarhy was the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, fought in 312. Who was the victor? Hint



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1. Although what we know about the Trojan War is surrounded by myth, it has been proven that it happened, yet it is difficult to distinguish the myth from the facts. In which of the following works is the Trojan War discussed?

Answer: The Iliad

"The Iliad" is an epic traditionally attributed to Homer. It concerns a period of 51 days from the tenth and final year of the Trojan War, although it also contains many references to previous battles and other incidents. Another epic attributed to Homer is "The Odyssey".
2. The Persian Wars were a series of wars fought by the Greek city states against the imperialistic Persian Empire. Which of the following battles was NOT fought during the Persian Wars?

Answer: Battle of Mantineia

The Battle of Mantineia was fought more than one century after the Persian Wars. The Persian Wars were fought between 490 and 479 BC and resulted in victory for the Greek city-states, with the Persian expansionism being checked.
The Battle of Mantineia was fought in 362 BC between Thebes and an anti-Thebes coalition, led by Sparta. The battle was a stalemate.
3. After the victory in the Persian Wars, the glory and splendor of Ancient Greece reached its zenith. However, Athens and Sparta, the two greatest city-states, competed fiercely against each other and finally open war was upon them. This was the Peloponnesian War. Which of the following historians wrote in length about it?

Answer: Thucydides and Xenophon

Thucydides told us about the first two phases of the Peloponnesian War, the Archidamian War and the Sicilian expedition, which lasted from 431 to 421 BC and 415 to 413 BC accordingly, as well as providing information about the causes of the war and what happened between the Persian Wars and the Peloponnesian War. Xenophon told us about the third phase of the war, the Deceleian-Ionian War, which lasted from 411 to 404 BC and ended with the defeat of Athens by Sparta.
4. Alexander the Great is the only military leader who is reputed to have been undefeated in battle. Which of the following was NOT one of his subordinates?

Answer: Miltiades

Miltiades was much earlier than Alexander. He was the general who devised the very first battle plan in European history and he is to be credited for the Athenian victory at the Battle of Marathon, in 490 BC, which checked the first Persian invasion of Greece.
5. In the Hellenistic era, King Pyrrhus had the ambition of being the second Alexander the Great, by undoing the Romans and accomplishing in the West what Alexander did in the East. What was the name of Pyrrhus' kingdom?

Answer: Epirus

All the answer choices given are regions of Greece.
Pyrrhus is notable for defeating his opponents, but only at a terrible cost to his own army. The term "Pyrrhic victory" derives from him. Pyrrhus was finally unsuccessful in his efforts to destroy the rising power of Rome and he was finally expelled from Italy. He was killed in a battle against the rival Greek city of Argos in 272 BC, from a brick an old woman threw from her window to save the life of her son.
6. In her efforts to become a leading power, Rome faced sufficient opposition from the city of Carthage in northern Africa (present day Tunisia), whose interests collided with those of Rome. After the three Punic Wars, Carthage was subjugated to Rome, but what was the year that marked her final collapse?

Answer: 146 BC

The first Punic War lasted from 264 to 241 BC and was fought for the control of Sicily, which was finally ceded to Rome. The second Punic War began in 219 BC when the Carthaginian general and king Hannibal Barca attempted to invade Italy and conquer Rome and ended in 202 BC with a Roman victory and a crippling defeat for Carthage.

The third Punic War lasted from 149 to 146 BC and was mainly a siege of Carthage by the Romans.
7. In the same year Carthage was destroyed, the Romans acquired control of Greece, defeating the Achaean League and burning the city of Corinth. Who was the Roman praetor whose legions won the day?

Answer: Lucius Mummius

The extent of the atrocities Mummius committed against Corinth is disputed, since there is a minority of ancient accounts suggesting that Corinth was not fully destroyed. Mommsen interprets Mummius' attitude against Corinth as orders by the Senate to eliminate a rival trading city.
8. After the conquest of Greece, Rome continued to expand towards both the east and the west. Yet, there were periods of unrest within the Roman state, such as the slave rebellion of Spartacus. Which of the following historical figures did NOT have a part, as a commander of troops, in putting down the insurrection?

Answer: Julius Caesar

The insurrection of Spartacus, aka the Third Servile War, was crushed mainly due to Crassus' actions. Glaber had been unsuccessful against Spartacus in a battle near Mount Vesuvius. As for Varinius, he was also unsuccessful, although we do not have many information concerning his involvement in the war.
9. The Roman Empire reached its zenith around the reign of Emperor Trajan. One of Trajan's accomplishments was his conquest of Dacia, but who was the last king of that country?

Answer: Decebalus

Prior to Trajan's Dacian War, Decebalus had thwarted an attempt by Emperor Domitian to conquer Dacia (in present day Romania). The first war between Trajan and Decebalus resulted in Decebalus becoming a client king for Rome, but the latter continued to undermine the Roman efforts to annex Dacia and there was a third war fought, resulting in full victory for Rome and the suicide of Decebalus.
10. As the years passed, the Roman Empire declined and Emperor Diocletian devised the system of Tetrarchy which, after his death, was the cause of a bitter civil war. One of the most decisive battles of the Civil Wars of the Tetrarhy was the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, fought in 312. Who was the victor?

Answer: Constantine

Constantine defeated Maxetius and gained control of the western areas of the Roman Empire. He now had one opponent, Licinius, in the east, with Valerius Valens being one of Licinius' helpers. The war between them ended with a victory for Constantine at the Battle of Chrysopolis in 324 AD.
The Battle of the Milvian Bridge marked the beginning of Constantine's conversion to Christianity. Constantine adopted the Christian emblem Chi-Ro and used it on the shields of the soldiers under his command, while he was baptized as a Christian shortly before the end of his days.
Source: Author DeepHistory

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