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Historical Rulers #2

Name the nations or empires ruled by these leaders.
Last updated: December 22, 2017
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Ruler
Nation
Cleopatra
Egypt
Peter the Great
Russia
Atilla
Hunnic Empire
Henry VIII
England
Leopold II
Belgium
Charlemagne
Frankish Empire
Frederick the Great
Prussia
Justinian
Byzantine Empire
Pol Pot
Cambodia
Pericles
Athens
Xerxes
Persian Empire
Casimir the Great
Poland
Ruler
Nation
The Meiji Emperor
Japan
The Yongle Emperor
China
Urban II
The Papal States
Muawiyah I
Umayyad Caliphate
Mansa Musa
Mali Empire
Shaka
Zulu Kingdom
Ashoka
Maurya Empire (India)
Vlad the Impaler
Wallachia (Romania)
Dido
Carthage
Owain Glyndŵr
Wales
Hamlet
Denmark
Mobutu Sese Seko
Zaire
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level 79
Dec 22, 2017
Maybe a remark that it includes fictious ones?
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level 72
Dec 22, 2017
Which ones?
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level 74
Dec 22, 2017
Hamlet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Danish_monarchs
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level 73
Dec 25, 2017
Better still get rid of that clue.
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level 65
Feb 1, 2018
+1. If you want to have Denmark as an answer, how about Harald Bluetooth or his father Gorm? Of course everybody knows Hamlet & Denmark but...
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level 65
Jun 21, 2018
I agree. Not only Hamlet is a fictional character, he didn't even rule Denmark! The Shakespearean play has his uncle Claudius usurp the crown by marrying Hamlet's mother, so Hamlet never gets to be crowned.
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level 64
Jun 28, 2018
Firstly, there was certainly a King Hamlet of Denmark in the play - the hero's murdered father. Secondly, Hamlet is based on the legendary Amleth, son of a Jutlandic chieftain who, if he existed, would predate the formal Danish monarchy long enough to not be on that list.
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level 52
Jun 20, 2018
Agreed. Calling Hamlet historical is a little far fetched...
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level 70
Dec 23, 2017
Ah. Tried Byzantium (silly me, that’s the city) and East Roman, neither of which worked. Should have tried a few more variations
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level 47
Jun 20, 2018
I tried Greece and Turkey.....
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level 59
Jun 20, 2018
I tried Eastern Roman Empire and it accepted it after two words I believe.
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level 41
Jun 20, 2018
Byzantium should be accepted. Byzantion is the name of the pre-Roman Greek city.
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level 66
Dec 24, 2017
The four least guessed are blinking tricky.
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level 76
Dec 28, 2017
Byzantium should count, as it's often used to refer to the Empire https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byzantium_(disambiguation)
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level 75
Jan 20, 2018
Eastern roman empire is the best answer anyway.
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level 54
Jun 20, 2018
Yup. You could a strong case that the Roman Empire lasted until the 15th century.
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level 75
Jan 2, 2018
Kept getting confused and using the current country. Couldn't figure out why Tunisia wouldn't work for Dido.
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level 75
Jan 20, 2018
Well that works for some answers, like Wallachia or Zaire.
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level 70
Mar 19, 2018
As far as Justinian and his contemporaries were concerned, the empire he ruled was the Roman Empire - I think this should be allowed. The 'Eastern' is applied for historical reasons, but wasn't employed at the time. Also Byzantium, as that term is oft used for the empire as a whole. Also Leopold II was a Holy Roman Emperor - which is where my mind went first, before getting Belgium. Wikipedia also now tells me Leopold II can refer to a Margrave of Austria, a Duke of Austria, a Prince of Anhalt-Dessau, a Prince of Lippe and a Grand Duke of Tuscany, so I s'pose it might get tedious to include all of those, but I think an Emperor is noteworthy enough to allow unless king is added to the clue or something like that.
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level 67
Jun 20, 2018
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level 58
Aug 14, 2018
-2 Leopold II is most famous as the Belgian who took the Congo as his own personal possession. He was an embarrassment of colonial excess even among other colonial white supremacists. Joseph Conrad's The Heart of Darkness is a famous story set there.
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level 58
Jun 18, 2018
Sad how many people don't remember Mobutu Sese Seko as part of major history in recent memory.
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level 61
Jun 20, 2018
I'd suggest changing Atilla to Attila, it seems to be the far more common spelling, in English at least. It might also be a good idea to replace Hamlet with a historical ruler of Denmark, there are enough famous ones to choose from. I like the quiz idea though.
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level 59
Jun 20, 2018
I guessed Mali and Zulu back to back with 10 seconds left after approximately two minutes of guessing everything I could think of. What a lovely coincidence, I really didn't think I was going to get them all.
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level 27
Jun 20, 2018
Mansa Musa's low rating surprises me. These people never played Civ.
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level 65
Jun 20, 2018
I knew I had heard it before. And that's how.
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level 59
Jun 20, 2018
Could you please add the following type-ins: Athenian Danish Welsh Due to the fact that these refer to the people over whom they ruled. Also, I am not sold that Roman for Justinian is an incorrect answer, but that is your call. Thank-you for a great quiz, and for adding some of our African Empires/nations into the mix.
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level 55
Jun 20, 2018
Would be reasonable to accept 'Byzantium' for Justinian
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level 58
Jun 20, 2018
Byzantium was the city (which was actually called Constantinople under the empire).
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level 58
Jun 20, 2018
Besides from Hamlet not being a historical person (since he is fictional), he was not really a ruler either? As far as I remember, the entire play (spoiler alert!) is about how Hamlet is trying to get the crown from his uncle (that usurped the crown), and he actually dies before he ever gets to rule. So I think he is a more than a little misplaced on this list
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level 68
Jun 20, 2018
His father the late king is also called Hamlet.
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level 47
Jun 20, 2018
More that he is looking for revenge against his uncle Claudius for killing his father, but otherwise you're correct.
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level 58
Jun 20, 2018
Agree with the above that Hamlet is a) not a ruler and is b) fictional, and also that Justinian was the ruler of the Roman Empire with no qualifiers. Byzantine should be an accepted answer because that's what it's eventually come to be known as, but Roman is correct.
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level 66
Jun 20, 2018
TFW you try all the caliphates but the right one until the very end.
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level 74
Jun 20, 2018
Just type in "Arab" and you get it
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level 47
Jun 21, 2018
It's always in the last place you look.
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level 69
Jul 8, 2018
Caliphate worked for me
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level 66
Jun 20, 2018
I thought Cleopatra was Macedonian, Cleopatra is Greek for 'Glory of the Father'
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level 48
Jun 20, 2018
But that isn't the region she was given to rule.
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level 15
Jun 20, 2018
Nice quiz! I got quite a few of the answers, but just a thought: perhaps Greece should work for Athens? I mean, I personally know the famous cities and locations in Greece, but for guessing...
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level 47
Jun 21, 2018
Can't believe I got England but couldn't get Whales.
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level 15
Jun 25, 2018
Um, do you mean "Wales"?
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level 53
Jun 22, 2018
Kampuchea should be accepted for Cambodia as that was the name of the country while under his regime. Only tried Cambodia after that and Khmer Rouge didn't register.
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level 64
Oct 13, 2018
Attila is misspelled, and surely Cambodia was called Kampuchea during Pol Pot's reign?
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