Ancient Greek Trivia

Can you guess these facts about the history of Ancient Greece?
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Last updated: September 20, 2020
First submittedJuly 26, 2013
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City famous for democracy
Athens
Flat-topped, high ground area
in the above
Acropolis
Most famous temple of that city
Parthenon
Rival city of the above
Sparta
War fought between those cities,
431–404 B.C.
Peloponnesian
War
Athletic competition first held
in 776 B.C.
Olympics
Leader of the "300"
who fought at Thermopylae
Leonidas
Philosopher who drank hemlock
Socrates
Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian are the
three orders of ...
Columns
What Archimedes supposedly said,
when he made a discovery
Eureka!
Hint
Answer
King of the Greek gods
Zeus
Subject that Euclid is the "father" of
Geometry
"Great" Macedonian conqueror
Alexander
Infantry formation used by the above
(hint: starts with P)
Phalanx
Philosopher who tutored
that conqueror
Aristotle
Teacher of the above, founder of
the Academy
Plato
War that "The Iliad" was about
Trojan War
Where you would find the Oracle
Delphi
God who spoke through the Oracle
Apollo
Highest mountain in Greece;
home of the gods
Olympus
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Level 65
Nov 18, 2013
I knew the Peloponnesian War, but I didn't even bother typing it because I knew I would never get the spelling right and it would just frustrate me.
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Level 72
Jan 7, 2014
i admit i had to google the spelling. I attempted the spelling, but when i couldn't get close enough, i googled it.
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Level 54
Sep 21, 2020
Where does the "i" go, or the "e," and which are double consonants?

I got it eventually, but by sheer luck

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Level 56
Nov 20, 2020
If etymology helps: the Peloponnese is the peninsula Sparta is on. Its name is derived from Pelops, a legendary Greek hero, and from nissos, the Greek word for island (which you can find in a whole array of words: Indonesia, Polynesia...). So, if you think of it as the "nissos" of "Pelops" it... actually doesn't really help that much. Sorry.
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Level 65
Nov 20, 2020
Well I thought the bit about "nissos" and all the island countries was interesting anyway.
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Level 66
Nov 20, 2020
Cheer up, I'm Greek and could not get the english spelling right
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Level 23
Nov 18, 2013
I only got 5 correct

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Level 28
Feb 20, 2014
100% SAN!
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Level 33
Mar 25, 2014
Why don't people understand that there were many more Spartans fighting at Thermopylae than 300? Herodotus estimated that there were at least 5000, but modern archaeological estimates places the number more around 20,000.
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Level 58
May 20, 2019
Are you talking about just the Spartans or about the whole force (there were hoplites from cities other than Sparta there).
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Level 66
Jun 19, 2020
People do realize it. They also realize what the question is asking for and they answer it.
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Level 79
Aug 30, 2014
School was a l-o-o-ng time ago, but I surprised myself and only missed two. Some of those answers had to fight their way through the cobwebs in my brain.
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Level 65
Nov 16, 2016
In school we always learned that Euclid was the father of mathematics, not just geometry.
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Level 37
Nov 16, 2016
Ditto!
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Level 73
Nov 16, 2016
Your school lied to you.
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Level 54
Sep 21, 2020
The first time I ever heard of him was in trivia games.

Only the smart kids took geometry, not me.

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Level 76
Nov 16, 2016
I Love these quizzes! Easy for me, but really fun.
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Level 67
Nov 17, 2016
I get the columns easily, but have to think about the philosopher tutor? Something wrong with me...
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Level 26
Nov 19, 2016
Woah, nobody has argued yet about whether Alexander was actually from Macedonia or not. I guess it is never too late to start... LOL
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Level 80
Nov 20, 2016
He was born in Pella, in the ancient kingdom of Macedonia. What's to argue about? Of course he was from Macedonia.

The (completely silly) argument people like to have is about which modern nation-state gets the rights to use the name of the ancient kingdom and region.

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Level 68
Dec 12, 2016
Thank you, architecture school!
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Level 72
May 18, 2019
While of course the last two answers are correct and should be the only ones accepted, a fun tidbit for those that are intersted is that there was also a major oracle of Zeus in Dodona (among others).
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Level 80
Nov 16, 2020
The questions ask about "the Oracle". While Delphi is the most famous, it's far from the only one.
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Level 60
Nov 20, 2020
I agree. Maybe the question should be about "the most important" oracle? There were really dozens of oracles in ancient Greece.
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Level 78
Sep 20, 2020
There is a mistake: Plato wasn't the teacher of the "above" (Leonidas). Plato was born in 427BC, Leonidas died in 480BC. Plato was teacher of Aristotle.
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Level 70
Sep 20, 2020
Maybe that question is just out of order.
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Level ∞
Sep 21, 2020
Yes, fixed.
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Level 65
Sep 24, 2020
Missed two because I kept writing "Aristoteles" and "Phalange"

I kinda feel cheated.

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Level 65
Nov 20, 2020
My personal feeling is that if you are sure you have the right answer but it's not being accepted, it's perfectly fine to google the spelling.
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Level 71
Nov 20, 2020
I do this every time I have to spell Kouszckiousko.
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Level 42
Nov 20, 2020
Yes, but there is the time factor.. Search for the answer you know in your native language - go wiki - change wikis language. 30sec, at least. All because Alexandros isnot accepted. Not only this name, there is Troy, not accepted, but the war is troian and not troyan. Some names has the greek -as -os endings, some have cut. The problem is, these things are common in quizmasters work.
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Level 71
Nov 20, 2020
I suppose all you have to do is get the spelling approximate enough, and google will provide the correct one.
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Level 42
Nov 20, 2020
You will get used to. Its common in quizmasters "work", they are terrible for non-americans. Also Alexandros, heureka. First, you have to find out the answer, second, you have to find out how ameicans call it.
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Level 56
Nov 20, 2020
i knew all of them and answered in less than half a minute. :)
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Level 22
Nov 20, 2020
It would be nice if "heuraka" worked too :)
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Level 64
Nov 20, 2020
Would it?
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Level 46
Nov 20, 2020
They say of the Acropolis, where the Parthenon is...
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Level 56
Nov 21, 2020
:-D

Made me smile!

BTW if you didn't smile, watch this!

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Level 54
Nov 20, 2020
I agree with the comment above that "The Oracle" question strongly implies that the Oracle of Delphi was the only oracle. That's not right. It was the most important, but the Dodona oracle was important, too. Plus there were lots of other oracles to different gods scattered throughout Greece.
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Level 56
Nov 21, 2020
Many have rightly pointed out that there were many oracles, but more glaringly is that there were/are many acropolises (correct English plural!).

The acropolis clue could be so easily separated from the connection to Athens - it's just a citadel on an elevated area, and put after the Parthenon clue would be easy to make it clear. Many if not most Greek city states had one.

Would you enjoy the clue, "Natural flowing watercourse passing through London" (ANS: RIVER)