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Quiz about Roman Science and Invention
Quiz about Roman Science and Invention

Roman Science and Invention Trivia Quiz


Roman science did not provide the modern world with many innovations, but here are a few examples of what the Romans were able to accomplish during the republican and imperial periods. Have fun!

A multiple-choice quiz by thejazzkickazz. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
81,109
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
5
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
3 / 5
Plays
10025
Awards
Editor's Choice
Last 3 plays: Guest 175 (4/5), Guest 118 (4/5), DeepHistory (4/5).
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Question 1 of 5
1. The Tepula, Marcia, Alsietina and Anio Novus are names for which important construct of the Roman age? Hint


Question 2 of 5
2. The Romans used the abacus for counting purposes. What were the beads running along the wires of an abacus called? Hint


Question 3 of 5
3. The Romans employed the zero in their system of numbers.


Question 4 of 5
4. The Romans used 'cranes' for building purposes.


Question 5 of 5
5. The early calendar of the Romans was a lunar calendar that contained 304 days. Which month was the first on this less than accurate early calendar? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The Tepula, Marcia, Alsietina and Anio Novus are names for which important construct of the Roman age?

Answer: Aqueducts

The system of Roman aqueducts had a capacity to supply the city with 300 million gallons of water daily...one of the great engineering
accomplishments of Roman times to be sure!
2. The Romans used the abacus for counting purposes. What were the beads running along the wires of an abacus called?

Answer: Calculi

From whence we get the modern word 'calculate'.
3. The Romans employed the zero in their system of numbers.

Answer: False

Amazingly, the concept of zero did not reach Europe until the middle ages, via the Arabs. The Arabs are said to have received the concept of zero via Persia, via India. The Mayans also independently developed the concept of zero in their mathematical system.
4. The Romans used 'cranes' for building purposes.

Answer: True

Cranes were worked by treadmills employing human labor, and functioned with a system of pulleys. Technology on these devices was not improved for over a thousand years, until the Dutch finally made some interesting innovations.
5. The early calendar of the Romans was a lunar calendar that contained 304 days. Which month was the first on this less than accurate early calendar?

Answer: Martius

Martius later became 'March' in the Julian calendar. The months in order for the pre-Julian calendar were: Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quinctilis, Sextilis, September, October, November, December, Januarius and Februarius. During the per-Julian calendar period, the remaining days of the year (61 in all!) were unnamed, and were simply called 'intercalans'.

The later 355 day calendar with January (Iannarils) and February (Februarias) was established during the reign of Numa Pompilius. The remaining days were called 'Intercalans' or 'Mercedonius'. The 355 day calendar was still quite complicated, and during the rule of Julius Caesar the calendar that we label Julian was developed by Sosigenes, and included 365 and occasional leap years.
Source: Author thejazzkickazz

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