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Ancient Civilizations

Based on the clues, try to name these ancient civilizations.
  • We consider "ancient" to have different contexts in the Old World and New World
  • Peak dates are estimates
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Feb 14, 2017
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First civilization in Mesopotamia. Led by Sargon the Great
2100 BC
The first Indian civilization was centered on this river valley
2000 BC
Possibly matriarchal civilization of ancient Crete
1700 BC
Civilization ruled by pharaohs
1425 BC
City destroyed by Greeks in "The Iliad"
1200 BC
The earliest dynasty of China that is supported by archaeological evidence
1200 BC
Sea-faring culture of Tyre who invented the alphabet and may
have circumnavigated Africa
1000 BC
Mesopotamian society known for cruelty. Led by Ashurbanipal
650 BC
Civilization that captured the Jews. Led by Nebuchadnezzar
600 BC
Empire founded by Cyrus the Great in modern-day Iran
500 BC
Once the dominant culture in central Italy
500 BC
Greek city-state famous for philosophy and democracy
440 BC
Greek city-state famous for its military
371 BC
Culture whose priests were known as Druids
275 BC
City-state near modern-day Tunis. Founded by Dido
264 BC
City that once controlled the entire Mediterranean
117
Asiastic horsemen who terrorized Europe
453
Civilization of the Yucatan peninsula that built Chichen Itza
800
Mexican empire formed from the alliance of Tenochtitlan, Texcoco, and Tlacopan
1521
Andean empire with its capital at Cusco
1533
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level 58
Feb 13, 2017
Very enjoyable quiz. Should Etruscan not be accepted, though?
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Feb 14, 2017
Yes, fixed.
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level 68
Feb 21, 2017
For the Asiatic Horsemen question I tried Dothraki like 5 times. I feel so stupid haha
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level 30
Aug 8, 2017
boi. i tried scythians
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level 62
Apr 6, 2017
Typo:Asiatic
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level 71
Jun 2, 2017
It's curious, I would never think of the 16th century as being ancient.
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level 30
Aug 8, 2017
the inca were founded in the ancient era. their peak was in 1533.
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level 21
Jun 13, 2017
For the Asiatic horseman can you accept the Mongols?
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level 47
Jun 15, 2017
Well, no, because the timeframe is about 800 years off.
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level 51
Aug 7, 2017
You need to consider the time frame that's given as well.
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level 70
Aug 7, 2017
Two different civilizations.
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level 48
Jun 14, 2017
Contrary to popular belief there isn't actually any solid evidence to prove that the Huns were Asiatic or oriental.
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level 54
Aug 7, 2017
No, but there are no theories that place their origins on other continents, so Asiatic seems legitimate here.
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level 60
Aug 7, 2017
The Phoenicians did not invent the alphabet. They took most of their letters from Egyptian hieroglyphs (and corrupted them a little). The Phoenician script was not an alphabet at all. It was an abjad, meaning that only consonants were written.
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level 70
Aug 7, 2017
If you want to go even more ancient for the Americas there are the Olmecs.
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level 52
Aug 7, 2017
that's just a civilization invented by Hallmark to sell cards
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level 70
Aug 7, 2017
I also sometimes enjoy saying things that make absolutely no sense, just to see how people react to it. But I haven't tried that in the comments section here before.
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level 71
Aug 7, 2017
What about Norte Chico?
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level 54
Aug 7, 2017
There are quite a few more American civilizations that came to my mind during this quiz, like the Mississipian culture, the Anasazi, the Toltecs, and the Chimú.
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level 63
Aug 7, 2017
Why isn't Carthaginian acceptable?
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level 50
Aug 7, 2017
For the early dominant Italian culture could you also add Etruria as a type in because Etruscans lived in Etruria, and you had the place names for many of the other questions? Thanks!
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level 55
Aug 7, 2017
For the Huns question i kept thinking Gokturks, except they didn't show up until about ten years after the given year.
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level 39
Aug 8, 2017
How about Atlantis?
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