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?
Pythagoras
Diogenes
Hippocrates
Ptolemy
2. Who won the Peloponnesian War?
Athens
Sparta
3. What is the last letter in the Greek alphabet?
Zeta
Omega
Gamma
Pi
4. Who tutored Alexander the Great?
Socrates
Xenophon
Plato
Aristotle
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 the Earth revolves around the Sun
That matter is composed of atoms
That nothing can exceed the speed of light
That lightning is caused by electricity
7. What was a hoplite?
A mischievous imp
A serf in ancient Sparta
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
Naval warfare
History
9. Which of these was not a Greek city-state?
Memphis
Thebes
Athens
Corinth
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 Hellenistic Period
The Bronze Age
The Great Awakening
Classical Antiquity
11. How were dates in ancient Greece typically reckoned?
Using solar and lunar eclipses as a reference
Years since the birth of Athena in 1421 B.C.
Using the Olympic Games as a reference
Years since the birth of Christ
12. What was a public space used for meetings and markets?
Agora
Forum
Polis
Argos
13. In Greek mythology, what was the eternal punishment of Sisyphus?
Always being thirsty, but never being satisfied
Pushing a boulder up hill, only for it to roll down again when in nears the top
Everything he touched turn to gold
An eagle eating his liver
14. What was an acropolis?
A settlement built on a hill with steep sides
A school for teenage boys
An orchard of olive trees
A temple
15. Who was Aristophanes?
A sophist philosopher
A mathematician
A king who killed his own father
A playwright
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Level 60
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 35
Oct 20, 2019
great quiz my ex was greek so knew most answers