10 most difficult ancient history riddlesAncient history quiz
Wa is the oldest recorded name of which country?
Wa (倭, "Japan, Japanese", from Chinese 倭 Wō or Wa) is the oldest recorded name of Japan. The Chinese as well as Korean and Japanese scribes regularly wrote it in reference to Yamato (ancient Japanese nation) with the Chinese character 倭 until the 8th century, when the Japanese replaced it with 和 "harmony, peace, balance."
Who built and lived in Teotihuacan, the most impressive pre-Columbian Mesoamerican city?
it is not known
The city is ancient - its largest pyramid, the Pyramid of the Sun, was completed by AD 100. It predates most known cultures of Mesoamerica. The origin of its founders is uncertain, and its original name is also unknown. It housed a population of about 150,000 people, making it one of the largest cities in the world at that time.
What is the oldest Greek oracle?
oracle of Asclepius
oracle of Delphi
oracle of Trophonios
oracle of Dodona
Dodona in Epirus in northwestern Greece was the oldest Hellenic oracle, possibly dating to the second millennium BCE according to Herodotus. The earliest accounts in Homer describe Dodona as an oracle of Zeus. Situated in a remote region away from the main Greek poleis, it was considered second only to the oracle of Delphi in prestige.
Who is the author of the "De Materia Medica", a 5-volume Greek encyclopedia about herbal medicine?
Hippocrates from Kos
Pedanius Dioscorides (40 – 90 AD) was a Greek physician, pharmacologist, botanist, and author of De Materia Medica - a 5-volume Greek encyclopedia about herbal medicine and related medicinal substances (a pharmacopeia), that was widely read for more than 1,500 years. He was employed as a physician in the Roman army.
This is aleph, the first letter of the Phoenician alphabet, progenitor of Greek alpha and Latin A. What does it resemble?
It is unknown
Aleph derives from an Egyptian hieroglyph depicting an ox's head. Tilt your head to the right and you will see this. The Phoenician word aleph means ox.
What is the origin of the name of the Tyrrhenian Sea?
phrase "Terra Incognita"
name of Etruscans
phrase "Terra Romano"
The cities of Tyr
The Tyrrhenian Sea is part of the Mediterranean Sea off the western coast of Italy. It is named for the Tyrrhenian people, identified since the 6th century BCE with the Etruscans of Italy.
According to the Greek mythology, how many rivers were found in Hades?
In Greek mythology, Styx is a deity and a river that formed the boundary between Earth and the Underworld (the domain often called Hades, which also is the name of its ruler). There are five rivers in Hades: Styx, Phlegethon, Acheron, Lethe, and Cocytus. All these rivers converge at the center of the underworld on a great marsh, which sometimes, also is called the Styx.
Who was the ancient Egyptian goddess of wisdom, knowledge, and writing?
Seshat was seen as a scribe and record keeper, and is credited with inventing writing. She also became identified as the goddess of accounting, architecture, astronomy, astrology, building, mathematics, and surveying. These are all professions that relied upon expertise in her skills.
According to historians, the probable cause of death of 32-year-old Alexander the Great was..?
sand fly (tse-tse)
Toxicologist Dr Leo Schep suggested Alexander's could have been poisoned by a wine made from the plant Veratrum album, known as white hellebore. This plant was known to the Ancient Greeks and it can produce prolonged poisoning symptoms that match the course of events as described in the Alexander Romance. This theory is backed by the writings of Ancient Greek historian, Diodorus, who had recorded Alexander becoming "stricken with pain after drinking a large bowl of wine."
What does the word pharaoh really mean?
Lord of the heavens
servant of Horus
son of the sun
'Pharaoh' is the term we use today to describe the rulers of ancient Egypt. Pharaoh' is actually a Greek word that is based on an Egyptian word that meant 'great house'. When this word was first used, it referred to the palace of the king and its greatness, not just to the king himself. We use the word 'pharaoh' today to mean the ruler of ancient Egypt.