- Aristotle the great Greek teacher had a favorite meat. What was it?
a. camel b. turkey c. horse liver
- The great playwright, Aeschylus, is supposed to have died when an eagle flew over his head and dropped something on it. What did the eagle drop?
a. a tortoise b. a hare c. a stone
- As well as the Olympic games there were games in Isthmia. The winners at the Isthmian games were given a crown as a prize. What was the crown made of?
a. celery b. rhubarb c. gold
- Before clever Aristotle came along, the Greeks had a strange belief about elephants. What was it?
a. an elephant has no knee joints so it goes to sleep leaning against a tree
b. elephants never forget c. eating elephant meat makes you strong
- Which team sport did the Ancient Greeks enjoy that we still play today?
a. hockey b. soccer c. volleyball
- The Greek teacher, gorgeous Gorgias, said that "nothing exists" . . . not even himself. He nearly didn't. He had a peculiar birth. Where was he born?
a. in his dead mother's coffin b. on a mountain in a snow storm c. on board a sinking ship
- The Spartan youths tried out their military training by doing what for their town?
a. becoming secret police and murdering troublemakers
b. meding roads and keeping the streets clean
c. becoming servants in old people's homes and cooking for them
- How far did the Greek explorer, Pytheas, sail?
a. Britain and the North Sea b. Crete in the Mediterranean c. America and the Atlantic
- The Greeks invented a new weapon in the 4th century BC. They set fire to inflammable liquids then threw them over enemy ships or enemy cities. What is this weapon called?
a. Greek fire b. Zeus' revenge c. flaming dangerous
- A sacred plant was sprinkled on graves. But we don't consider it sacred today. What is it?
a. parsley b. cabbage c. garlic
Friday, March 20, 2009
And the Answer Is...
O.K., a little quiz on Greek life that I borrowed from The Groovy Greeks (http://www.horrible-histories.co.uk/). How well can you do? Answers are on the comments section - no cheating! There are ten questions in all.