Ancient Greece - Multiple Choice

Can you answer these questions about Ancient Greece?
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Last updated: October 19, 2019
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1. Who discovered that, in a right triangle, a2 + b2 = c2?
Ptolemy
Diogenes
Pythagoras
Hippocrates
2. Who won the Peloponnesian War?
Athens
Sparta
3. What is the last letter in the Greek alphabet?
Pi
Zeta
Omega
Gamma
4. Who tutored Alexander the Great?
Socrates
Xenophon
Aristotle
Plato
5. Which of these cities was NOT a Greek colony?
Byzantium
Carthage
Naples
Marseille
Carthage was founded by the Phoenicians
6. What scientific theory was proposed by Aristarchus of Samos in the 3rd century B.C.?
That nothing can exceed the speed of light
That lightning is caused by electricity
That matter is composed of atoms
That the Earth revolves around the Sun
7. What was a hoplite?
A serf in ancient Sparta
A mischievous imp
A soldier armed with a spear and shield
A priestess at the temple of Apollo
8. What is Herodotus considered to be the father of?
Geometry
Medicine
History
Naval warfare
9. Which of these was not a Greek city-state?
Athens
Corinth
Memphis
Thebes
Memphis was in ancient Egypt
10. What is the name for the era, following the conquests of Alexander the Great, in which Greek culture spread throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East?
Classical Antiquity
The Bronze Age
The Great Awakening
The Hellenistic Period
11. How were dates in ancient Greece typically reckoned?
Using the Olympic Games as a reference
Years since the birth of Athena in 1421 B.C.
Years since the birth of Christ
Using solar and lunar eclipses as a reference
12. What was a public space used for meetings and markets?
Polis
Forum
Argos
Agora
13. In Greek mythology, what was the eternal punishment of Sisyphus?
Pushing a boulder up hill, only for it to roll down again when in nears the top
An eagle eating his liver
Everything he touched turn to gold
Always being thirsty, but never being satisfied
14. What was an acropolis?
An orchard of olive trees
A temple
A settlement built on a hill with steep sides
A school for teenage boys
15. Who was Aristophanes?
A playwright
A sophist philosopher
A mathematician
A king who killed his own father
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Level 58
Sep 2, 2019
It's not clear if Pythagoras actually proved the Pythagorean theorem.
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Level 15
Oct 19, 2019
Pythagoras never proved the so-called Pythagorean theorem. The first proof we have of it is by Euclid. (Ancient Babylonians, Indians or Chinese never proved it in general form, although they certainly were aware of many individual cases.) The theorem was named after Pythagoras hundreds of years later still. Pythagoras in all likelihood knew that 3² + 4² = 5² and that this also corresponds to a right-angled triangle. Someone then apparently made the generalisation on Pythagoras’ name, and the misnomer stuck ever since.
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Level ∞
Oct 19, 2019
Changed "proved" to "discovered".
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Level 74
Oct 21, 2019
Nope, still not right - from WP: Historians of Mesopotamian mathematics have concluded that the Pythagorean rule was in widespread use during the Old Babylonian period (20th to 16th centuries BC), over a thousand years before Pythagoras was born
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Level 65
Oct 19, 2019
I visited the Parthenon in Athens today, so it feels appropriate that I took this quiz today as well! I still did badly in the quiz though - I had to go back to improve my score!
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Level 35
Oct 20, 2019
great quiz my ex was greek so knew most answers