Welcome to our quiz on Ancient Greece.

Ancient Greece Timeline

Ancient Greece was a Mediterranean civilization created by ethnically and culturally related people, who identified themselves as Hellenes. Scholars differ on when Ancient Greece started and ended. For our quiz, we have prepared questions, which cover over one thousand years of Greek history. We focus mostly on Classical Greece but you will find questions on Archaic and Hellenistic Greece, as well. The mythical times of gods, heroes and hybrid creatures may not be historical but mythology is such an important part of the Greek heritage, we also cover it. The upper bound timeline for this quiz is the Roman conquest of Greece, which was completed in 146 BC. While Ancient Greece continued under Roman occupation, its further history is covered in our quiz on Ancient Rome.

Ancient Greek Accomplishments

While ancient Greeks were conquered by Romans militarily, Romans were certainly conquered by Greeks culturally. Extraordinary accomplishments of Greek art, literature, science, architecture, social organization and warfare were incorporated into the Roman life and survived, greatly influencing development of the Western Civilization. We continue to benefit from ancient Greek achievements in modern times. Democracy, the favored system of government today, was born in ancient Greece. As was the scientific discipline applied to mathematics, physics, medicine and biology. History and historiography both have their roots in ancient Greece. Greek architects and artists joined efforts to produce magnificent works of art with five of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, being Greek achievements. The most notable ancient Greeks: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle proudly occupy the seats of the most important philosophers in history, all leaving lasting effect on the development of Western ethics.

Invitation to Ancient Greece

In our fast evolving modern world, it may be worthwhile to step back and refresh the understanding of our origins. We hope you will enjoy our quiz on Ancient Greece, further your interest in this formative period of the Western civilization and maybe even embark on a trip for an in-person experience to Europe. Greece, Italy and Turkey, all boast impressive ancient Greek legacy, accommodating millions of very satisfied visitors each year.

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Ancient Greeks were a fragmented nation with numerous city-states, each boasting its own unique political system and tradition. While common language and religion counterbalanced this disunity, identity of each city-state was proudly advertised and fiercely protected. Corinth was famous for its trade links and shipbuilding capabilities. Athens promoted democracy and development of arts. Argos enjoyed a special place among the Greek cities due to its origins in distant past and numerous mythological references.

One city chose military prowess of its citizens for its identity. That city was Sparta. Already at birth, Spartan males would be evaluated based on future combat ability. Infants deemed unfit would be cast away to die. Spartans saw no benefit in spending city resources to raise men unable to serve their doctrine. From early age, boys were submitted to a rigorous state-sponsored military training. They were beaten, underfed and maltreated in other aspects in order to prepare them for life of a pain-tolerant and enduring warrior.

In addition to physical training, Spartans also introduced a strict code of ethics, which prohibited surrender on the battlefield. Any show of cowardice or surrender to the enemy, would be a great dishonor to the family. It was customary for Spartan women to bid farewell to their mission-bound husbands by demanding they return alive after winning or have their lifeless body carried on their shield back home for burial.

Quiz consists of ten randomly selected questions presented in order of increasing difficulty. Your score will depend on how quickly you respond. Based on question difficulty level, you will be allotted some time for reading the question.

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