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Classical Literacy

Subject : literacy
Instructions:
  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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  • Match each statement with the correct term.
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1. Inventor who created the Labyrinth where the Minotaur lived






2. 'All-knowing'






3. 'Always prepared'






4. 'Against' & used to show Who is up against who in sports matches & legal battles & etc.






5. Spirits who carry out curses and torture for wrongdoing toward one's family member (s)






6. Goddess of wisdom






7. The technical biological term for the human species






8. A bundle of wooden sticks and an axe blade that the attendants of Roman magistrates carried; symbolized the magistrates' power to inflict capital punishment






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






10. 'The end'






11. God of love and desire; son of Aphrodite






12. 'per year'






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






14. Site of the Apollo's oracle at Delphi; home of the Muses






15. 'peace be with you'






16. Titan who had to hold up the heavens on his shoulders as punishment for rebelling against Zeus






17. 'great-souled & high-minded'






18. 'I'






19. Was chosen by Zeus to settle the argument of Who was the fairest of the goddesses; he chose Aphrodite because she promised him the most beautiful woman in the world if he chose her






20. 500






21. Market place/business center






22. A mural painted directly onto wet plaster (fresco means 'fresh' in Italian)






23. 'seize the day'






24. City-state in ancient Greece known for its powerful army; fought against Athens in the Peloponnesian Wars






25. God of war






26. 'The things that must be done' - a to-do list






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






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






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






30. 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






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






32. 'unknown land'






33. 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






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






35. 'per year'






36. One of the 12 Titans & father of Zeus/Jupiter & who swallowed his children in an attempt to keep from being overthrown






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






38. 1






39. A picture made from small bits of glass or pottery






40. Good-humored & jolly (ancient astrologers thought that the planet Jupiter fostered cheerfulness)






41. The daughter of king Minos of Crete & who helped Theseus escape from the labyrinth after he killed the minotaur






42. 'The state in which'






43. 'in the whole &' 'as a whole &' 'totally'; ex: The suggestions were adopted in toto.






44. 'one out of many' - found on most US minted coins and the back of the dollar bill






45. 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






46. 'before midday &' in the morning & before noon






47. One-eyed children of Ouranos/Uranus and Gaea (Mother Earth); sided with Zeus during the war with the Titans; were helpers of the smith-god Hephaestus






48. The food of the gods; some believe it kept them immortal






49. 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






50. The 15th of March & the day in 44 BC Julius Caesar was assassinated