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
Pythagoras
Diogenes
Hippocrates
2. Who won the Peloponnesian War?
Sparta
Athens
3. What is the last letter in the Greek alphabet?
Pi
Omega
Gamma
Zeta
4. Who tutored Alexander the Great?
Plato
Aristotle
Xenophon
Socrates
5. Which of these cities was NOT a Greek colony?
Byzantium
Carthage
Marseille
Naples
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 the Earth revolves around the Sun
That matter is composed of atoms
7. What was a hoplite?
A serf in ancient Sparta
A mischievous imp
A priestess at the temple of Apollo
A soldier armed with a spear and shield
8. What is Herodotus considered to be the father of?
Medicine
Geometry
History
Naval warfare
9. Which of these was not a Greek city-state?
Corinth
Memphis
Thebes
Athens
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?
The Bronze Age
Classical Antiquity
The Hellenistic Period
The Great Awakening
11. How were dates in ancient Greece typically reckoned?
Years since the birth of Christ
Using the Olympic Games as a reference
Years since the birth of Athena in 1421 B.C.
Using solar and lunar eclipses as a reference
12. What was a public space used for meetings and markets?
Agora
Forum
Argos
Polis
13. In Greek mythology, what was the eternal punishment of Sisyphus?
Always being thirsty, but never being satisfied
An eagle eating his liver
Everything he touched turn to gold
Pushing a boulder up hill, only for it to roll down again when in nears the top
14. What was an acropolis?
A settlement built on a hill with steep sides
A temple
An orchard of olive trees
A school for teenage boys
15. Who was Aristophanes?
A king who killed his own father
A mathematician
A playwright
A sophist philosopher
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Level 64
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 75
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 66
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 37
Oct 20, 2019
great quiz my ex was greek so knew most answers
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Level 48
Feb 12, 2021
An acropolis is not a settlement on a Hill. It is the highest point in a city, ussually a temple (like in Athens).