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What area was called the "Magna Graecia" in antiquity?
Southern Apennine Peninsula with Sicily. Magna Graecia ("Great Greece") was the name given by the Romans to the coastal areas of Southern Italy in the present-day regions of Campania, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria and Sicily that were extensively populated by Greek settlers.
Which ancient Greek author was blind?
Homer is a legendary figure. Many accounts of Homer's life circulated in classical antiquity, the most widespread being that he was a blind bard from Ionia, a region of central coastal Anatolia in present-day Turkey.
What was the first political system of the ancient Rome?
Monarchy. The ancient Rome is Roman civilization from the founding of the city of Rome in the 8th century BC to the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century AD, encompassing the Roman Kingdom, Roman Republic and Roman Empire until the fall of the western empire.
Who said; "I know that I know nothing " ?
Socrates. The phrase "I know that I know nothing","The only thing I know, is that I know nothing" or "I know one thing; that I know nothing", sometimes called the Socratic paradox, is a well-known saying that is derived from Plato's account of the Greek philosopher Socrates.
Where was the wheel first invented?
In Mesopotamia. A wheel is a circular component that is intended to rotate on an axle bearing. The first evidence of wheeled vehicles appears in the second half of the 4th millennium BCE, in Mesopotamia (Sumerian civilization),
On February 15, 399, Socrates was sentenced to death by drinking ...
Hemlock. Socrates was sentenced to death by giving him poison named Hemlock for asking philosophical questions. Consumption of Hemlock poison results in an ascending muscular paralysis with eventual paralysis of the respiratory muscles which results in death due to lack of oxygen to the heart and brain.
What is the Hero's engine?
Steam turbine. An aeolipile (or aeolipyle, or eolipile), also known as a Hero's engine, is a simple bladeless radial steam turbine which spins when the central water container is heated. In the 1st century AD, Hero of Alexandria described the device in Roman Egypt, and many sources give him the credit for its invention.
Known maker of poisons in the Roman Empire of the first century was ...
Locusta was a notorious maker of poisons in the 1st-century Roman Empire, active in the final two reigns of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. She supposedly took part in the assassinations of Claudius and Britannicus. She was a favourite of emperor Nero for several years. Following Nero's death, Locusta was executed by his successor, Galba
The author of the first dictionary in history is ...
Aristophanes from Byzantium. Aristophanes of Byzantium was a Hellenistic Greek scholar, critic and grammarian, particularly renowned for his work in Homeric scholarship. Born in Byzantium about 257 BC, he soon moved to Alexandria. He succeeded Eratosthenes as head librarian of the Library of Alexandria at the age of sixty. As a lexicographer he compiled collections of archaic and unusual words.
How many Punic Wars were there?
3. The Punic Wars were a series of three wars fought between Rome and Carthage from 264 BC to 146 BC. At the time, they were some of the largest wars that had ever taken place. The Roman victories over Carthage in these wars gave Rome a preeminent status it would retain until the 5th century AD.