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Classical Literacy

Subject : literacy
Instructions:
  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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1. Market place/business center






2. 'Always prepared'






3. Sweet-sounding (literally 'flowing like honey')






4. Through & by way of (from via- road & way)






5. Goddess of the hearth






6. 50






7. Eurydice died on their wedding day. Orpheus went down to the Underworld to bring her back. Hades agreed & on the condition that Eurydice would follow behind Orpheus on their way up to the mortal world and he couldn't check to make sure She was behind






8. Refers to an action or condition necessary for something to happen






9. The highest political office in the Roman Republic; 2 were elected every year






10. 'I'






11. 'Word for word'






12. The ferryman for the river Styx going into the underworld






13. Homer's epic poem about Odysseus & kind of Ithaca & trying to find his way home from the Trojan War






14. Half-man & half-goat creatures; companions of Pan and Dionysus






15. 'beware of the dog'






16. The norms or values of a society






17. Sea to the west of Greece; named after King Aegeus after he drowned himself in the sea thinking his son Theseus was dead






18. The ninth letter of the Greek alphabet (i); commonly used in the phrase 'not one iota &' meaning 'not one bit'






19. Speaker's platform in the forum & which was decorated with the prows of ships the Romans captured in war (rostrum means 'beak & prow of a ship')






20. A material prepared in ancient Egypt from the pithy stem of a water plant & used in sheets throughout the ancient Mediterranean world for writing or painting on






21. A member of one of the original aristocratic families of Rome; 'aristocratic'






22. Titan best known for stealing fire from the gods and giving it to humans; He was punished by being chained to a rock and having his liver eaten by a bird everyday






23. The 200 year period of peace which began under the rule of Augustus






24. Figuratively 'secretly.' Aphrodite gave her son Eros a rose. Eros gave it to Harpocrates & the god of silence & to ensure that his mother's love affairs remained a secret.






25. 'boyish &' 'childlike' (from puer- boy)






26. 'To err is human' - in other words & it's normal to mess up






27. The arena for gladiatorial games in Rome (also known as the Flavian Amphitheater)






28. Temple devoted to Athena; located on the Acropolis of Athens






29. Home of the Greek gods






30. The golden wool of a ram sought by Jason and the Argonauts






31. The 200 year period of peace which began under the rule of Augustus






32. God of the Underworld/Tartarus






33. The Underworld; in early mythology & everyone went to Tartarus after they died; in later mythology & only bad people went to Tartarus after they died






34. Winged horse which flew from the neck of Medusa the Gorgon after Perseus cut off her head






35. Another name for Zeus/Jupiter






36. In early mythology & the resting place of heroes; the later mythology & where good people went in the afterlife






37. First emperor of the Roman Empire; adopted son of Julius Caesar; member of the 2nd Triumvirate; also known as Octavian






38. Large island off the southeast coast of Italy; home of Mt. Etna & a huge volcano; where the Cyclopes lived in the Odyssey






39. Carthaginian general who attacked Italy by crossing the Italian Alps in the 2nd Punic War; He was eventually defeated by Scipio at the Battle of Zama






40. God of war






41. Used on documents & coins & monuments & etc. as an official signature of the Roman government






42. 'I came & I saw & I conquered &' famous words of Julius Caesar






43. 'Always faithful' - motto of the US Marines






44. After midday/noon






45. A long poem that narrates the deeds of a hero or the history of a nation & e.g. Homer's Iliad and Odyssey






46. 'I'






47. A state of disorganized matter from which the gods and the world were created






48. Characterized by sitting & inactive (from sedet- to sit)






49. 'under penalty' a written order for a person to come testify in court






50. The oracle of Apollo; people visited the oracle for guidance and predictions of the future