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Ancient Greece Trivia

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1. The commander of theAthenians during the Ionian revolt that lead to war






2. The people from the island of Melos






3. The son of Darius that became king of Persian and lost the second Persian war






4. Nobles who gained power of Greece in the 700s and provided cavalry for the king's military adventures






5. The southern peninsula of Greece. Location of Sparta






6. When there are many cultures within an empire or kingdom






7. Athenian soldiers that were named after their shields






8. The king of Sparta during the Battle of Thermopylae






9. A kind of shield designed by theAthenians specifically for the phalanx






10. Long - thin -Athenian ships that were more maneuverable than other ships and greatly helped the Greeks in the Battle of Salamis






11. The first great epic that Homer wrote. It was about a prince of Troy kidnapping the wife of the king of Sparta.






12. A Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the journey of Odysseus after the fall of Troy






13. In ancient Greece - a ruler who had seized power without legal right to it






14. Public speaking






15. (1851 - 1941): British archeologist who unearthed the remains of the Minoan civilization (Knossos) on the island of Crete. - excavated Knossos






16. A monarchy in which the power is passed down from generation to generation






17. TheAthenian word for victory






18. TheAthenian word for victory






19. A Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the journey of Odysseus after the fall of Troy






20. A battle between the Persians and theAthenians that was caused by the Persians burningAthens and took place in the sea. TheAthenians won because of there more maneuverable ships (triremes)






21. Another name for the Delphic Oracle






22. Another name for the Delphic Oracle






23. The brother-in-law of Xerxes that was left to die with the rest of the Persians during the Battle of Plataea






24. A foreign woman who Pericles had a very controversial relationship with






25. From the word for 'drinking together'; an after-dinner drinking party attended by elite males. they sang poems - posed riddles - played drinking games - and delivered philosophical speeches. Other entertainment was provided by musicians - jugglers -






26. A battle between the Greeks and the Persians in which the remaining Persian troops (lead by Mardonius) attempted to defeat the Greek troops - and because they were so small - the Greeks easily triumphed






27. A kind of shield designed by theAthenians specifically for the phalanx






28. A self-governing city-state; the basic political unit of the Greek world. comprised a city - with its acropolis and agora and the surrounding territory.






29. A Greek man that was so desperate for glory that he started a war against Sparta that theAthenians were bound to lose - and when he got called back toAthens for vandalism - he went to the Spartans to aid them






30. Ancient Greek epic poet who is believed to have written the Iliad and the Odyssey (circa 850 BC)






31. Of or relating to Draco or his harsh code of laws






32. A battle between the Persians and theAthenians that was caused by the Persians burningAthens and took place in the sea. TheAthenians won because of there more maneuverable ships (triremes)






33. A battle between the Persians and the Greeks in which the Persians relied on the help of the Ionians to defeat the Greeks - but the Ionians backed out at the last minute - so the Greeks won.






34. Philosophers in ancient Greece. The name directly translates to 'those who are wise'






35. A maze






36. A substitute ruler






37. When there are many cultures within an empire or kingdom






38. A huge temple forAthena that was very expensive and time consuming for theAthenians. The building of the temple was overseen by Pericles.






39. Form of government in which a few wealthy people have the power






40. The elite 10 -000 Persian soldiers that were sent to fight the Spartans in the Battle of Thermopylae






41. 300 years where everything fell apart and was destroyed






42. A wall of shields created by foot soldiers marching close together in a rectangular formation. Made up of farmers






43. A Greek man that was so desperate for glory that he started a war against Sparta that theAthenians were bound to lose - and when he got called back toAthens for vandalism - he went to the Spartans to aid them






44. From the word for 'drinking together'; an after-dinner drinking party attended by elite males. they sang poems - posed riddles - played drinking games - and delivered philosophical speeches. Other entertainment was provided by musicians - jugglers -






45. An area in the middle east that the Persian empire was built on






46. A league started by theAthenians that had the objective of keeping the Persians away from Greece and freeing cities from Persia. It made theAthenians very powerful.






47. A political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them






48. A political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them






49. Form of government in which a few wealthy people have the power






50. A huge wall aroundAthens to protect it that was ordered to build by Pericles