Ancient History Quiz


History buffs know that just because it's ancient history doesn't mean it no longer matters. The ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome were home to splendor as well as great thinkers. Test how much you really know about these civilizations.

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Question 1 of 10

When did King Tutanhkamen reign?

10th Century B.C.
14th Century B.C.
19th Century B.C.

... Tutankhamen, a pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty of Egypt, reigned from about 1361 to 1352 B.C. The discovery of his tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922 was one of the most spectacular archeological finds of the 20th century.


Question 2 of 10

Which of the following is not included in the accepted list of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World?

The Colossus of Rhodes
Hanging Gardens of Babylon

... Although certainly ancient and thoroughly wondrous, the Stonehenge monument is not one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


Question 3 of 10

Which of these great Greek thinkers was an accomplished Olympian as a two-time winner of a wrestling event?


... Plato was a two-time champion of Pankration, a brutal wresting game.


Question 4 of 10

What is the oldest of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World?

the Great Pyramids of Giza
the Statue of Zeus at Olympia
the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

... The Pyramid of Khufu isn't just the oldest of the ancient wonders -- it's the only one still standing. Situated on the Giza Plateau, near the city of Cairo, it was built during King Khufu's reign from 2589 to 2566 B.C.


Question 5 of 10

Which languages are featured on the Rosetta Stone?

Demotic, Latin, Greek
Latin, Greek, hieroglyphics
Demotic, Greek, hieroglyphics

... The Rosetta Stone features three columns of inscriptions, each relaying the same message but in three different languages: Demotic, Greek and hieroglyphics. Scholars used the Greek and Demotic inscriptions to make sense of the hieroglyphic alphabet. By using the Rosetta Stone as a translation device, scholars revealed more than 1,400 years of ancient Egyptian secrets.


Question 6 of 10

The Greek Pythagoras studied in which foreign land for 23 years?


... Pythagoras studied in Egypt, then known as Kemet, for 23 years. The Greeks learned much of their foundational knowledge for reason and mathematics from the Ancient Egyptians.


Question 7 of 10

What is archeologist Howard Carter credited with discovering?

King Tut's tomb
The Ruins of Pompeii
The Dead Sea Scrolls

... Howard Carter was the chief archaeologist on the excavation of King Tut's tomb.


Question 8 of 10

For how many years did the Ancient Greeks hold their Olympic Games?

500 years
1,200 years
2,000 years

... The Ancient Greeks held Olympic Games for 1,200 years.


Question 9 of 10

When did the fire that Nero is rumored to have started rage over Rome?

72 B.C.
A.D. 64
A.D. 89

... The great fire that consumed Rome in A.D. 64 spread quickly and savagely. When it ended, 70 percent of the city had been destroyed.


Question 10 of 10

This Roman writer's Institutio Oratoria gives a complete account of the Roman citizen's education in law, oratory, literature and grammar.


... Quintilian wrote the 12-volume Institutio Oratoria. His work was the basis for Latin rhetoric for centuries, and was much admired during the Renaissance.


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