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Classical Literacy

Subject : literacy
Instructions:
  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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1. Goddess of childbirth; married to Zeus; queen of the gods






2. Home of the Greek gods






3. Festival of Saturn held on December 17th & during which social roles were temporarily reversed (slaves enjoyed relaxed discipline & etc)






4. 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






5. 'from the office &' 'by right of office' - used to refer to someone Who is a member of a group (a board & committee & council & etc.) because they hold another office/position






6. 10






7. King punished in Tartarus by having to roll a stone up a hill continuously for eternity; when he reached the top & the stone rolled to the bottom again






8. 1000






9. Temple in Rome dedicated to all the Roman gods






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






11. 'beware of the dog'






12. Market place/business center






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






14. The norms or values of a society






15. God of war






16. Victorious athletes & generals & and emperors wore crowns of made of the branches of the laurel tree to symbolize their victory; now & 'laurels' refer to someone's achievements






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






18. God of the sea






19. Son of Zeus; had to complete 12 labors to regain favor with the gods after killing his family; when he died & he became a god






20. 'That is' used for further explanation: 'in other words...'






21. Another name for Zeus/Jupiter






22. 'firm ground/solid earth'






23. 'With highest honors' graduating from college in the highest grade scale






24. 'An unwelcome person' - used in diplomacy to indicate a person Who is barred from entering a certain country






25. A king Who was tortured in the Underworld by having water and grapes within his reach & but the water and grapes pulled away whenever he went to take drink or a bite






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






27. Literally 'the greatest bridge' -- the chief priest of Roman religion (later & the emperor took on this role); now used to refer to the Pope & the head of the Catholic Church






28. 'After death'






29. The technical biological term for the human species






30. 'To infinity &' to continue forever & without limit






31. 'in memory of'






32. 'After death'






33. Female monsters who had snakes for hair and whose horrifying gaze could turn a man to stone if he looked at them (Medusa was one of the Gorgons)






34. Lived in the Labyrinth; fed off of Athenian youths; killed by Theseus






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






36. 'unknown land'






37. Sorceress & wife of Jason; killed their children to get revenge on Jason for leaving her






38. One of the seven hills of Rome & south of the forum; the site of the imperial palace






39. 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






40. 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






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






42. Son of Zeus; had to complete 12 labors to regain favor with the gods after killing his family; when he died & he became a god






43. 'great work'






44. Goddess of grain & the harvest & and the seasons; mother of Persephone/Proserpina






45. A teacher Who is like a parent; comes from the Mentor & Odysseus' old friend & whom he left in charge of his son Telemachus when he went off to the Trojan War






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






47. The god of the sky; created the Titans with Gaia & Mother Earth






48. 'seize the day'






49. 'note well' i.e. take note






50. The 9 goddesses who looked after the arts and inspired men in those arts