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
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Last updated: February 14, 2017
First submittedFebruary 13, 2017
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First civilization in Mesopotamia. Led by Sargon the Great
2100 BC
Sumer / Akkad
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
Ancient Egypt
City destroyed by Greeks in "The Iliad"
1200 BC
The earliest dynasty of China that is supported by archaeological evidence
1200 BC
Shang Dynasty
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
Persian Empire
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
Asiastic horsemen who terrorized Europe
Civilization of the Yucatan peninsula that built Chichen Itza
Mexican empire formed from the alliance of Tenochtitlan, Texcoco, and Tlacopan
Andean empire with its capital at Cusco
Level 74
Feb 13, 2017
Very enjoyable quiz. Should Etruscan not be accepted, though?
Level ∞
Feb 14, 2017
Yes, fixed.
Level 76
Feb 21, 2017
For the Asiatic Horsemen question I tried Dothraki like 5 times. I feel so stupid haha
Level 37
Aug 8, 2017

i tried scythians

Level 63
Apr 6, 2017
Level 22
Jun 13, 2017
For the Asiatic horseman can you accept the Mongols?
Level 59
Aug 7, 2017
You need to consider the time frame that's given as well.
Level 81
Aug 7, 2017
Two different civilizations.
Level 59
Jun 14, 2017
Contrary to popular belief there isn't actually any solid evidence to prove that the Huns were Asiatic or oriental.
Level 64
Aug 7, 2017
No, but there are no theories that place their origins on other continents, so Asiatic seems legitimate here.
Level 59
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.
Level 81
Aug 7, 2017
If you want to go even more ancient for the Americas there are the Olmecs.
Level 55
Aug 7, 2017
that's just a civilization invented by Hallmark to sell cards
Level 81
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.
Level 69
Sep 12, 2020
Hahaha I don't get it either
Level 85
Aug 7, 2017
What about Norte Chico?
Level 64
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.
Level 71
Aug 7, 2017
Why isn't Carthaginian acceptable?
Level 72
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!
Level 62
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.
Level 39
Aug 8, 2017
How about Atlantis?
Level 64
Apr 22, 2018
Xia Dynasty is the earliest Chinese dynasty.
Level 61
Aug 13, 2019
A problem I see is considering the last two answers: both the Aztecs and Inca were centuries after the fall of Rome and aren't really considered archaic, they're more post-classical but even then they're completely different societies from that of the Old World. The Olmec, Zapotec, Norte Chico, and Chavin Culture are more accurate answers to archaic societies of the Americas.
Level 56
Nov 11, 2019
give more time
Level 46
Apr 11, 2021
I have a slight complaint. You see the third question asks for the name of the civilization itself, yet the answer is the name of the people who live there, the Minoans. I request that "Minoa" be accepted.
Level 49
Apr 30, 2021
Shouldn't Minoa be accepted too, I may be wrong but I think it should