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Classical Literacy

Subject : literacy
Instructions:
  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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1. Gladiator who led an uprising of slaves against the Romans in the 1st c. BC






2. 'This for that &' a fair trade






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






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






5. Literally & the apple that Eris (goddess of strife) threw in front of Hera & Aphrodite & and Athena to cause a dispute over Who was the fairest; figuratively & anything which causes a dispute






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






7. 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






8. 'Always prepared'






9. Goddess of wisdom






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






11. A hollow wooden horse built by the Greeks so that they could get into the walls of Troy. The Greeks pretended to pack up and leave from the war & but some hid in the horse which was later led into the walls of Troy by the Trojans (thinking it was a






12. 'Higher!' -- the state motto of New York






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






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






15. 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






16. 'in the year of the Lord &' designating the time period after Christ's birth






17. 'firm ground/solid earth'






18. The technical biological term for the human species


19. 'To the point of sickness' - doing/saying something over and over until everyone is sick and tired of it






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






21. 'note well' i.e. take note






22. Literally refers to the heel of Achilles (a character from the Iliad who killed Hector)


23. Home of the Greek gods






24. River that runs through the city of Rome






25. A modern day race of 26.2 miles; from Marathon in Greece & the scene of a victory over the Persians in 490 BC; the modern race is based on the tradition that a messenger ran from Marathon to Athens (26 miles) with the news.






26. 500






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






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






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






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






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






32. The city in Northern Africa that the Romans fought and destroyed during the Punic Wars (264-146 BC.)






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






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






35. Goddess of the hearth






36. 'After death'






37. Goddess of wisdom






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






39. After midday/noon






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






41. A large horse and chariot racing track in Rome






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






43. 'All-knowing'






44. 'from the library of' used as an inscription on a bookplate to show the name of the book's owner: ex libris Mark Twain.






45. 'horn of plenty' a symbol of food and abundance






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






47. 'my fault' ; tua culpa -'your fault'






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






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






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