10 most difficult antiquity riddlesAntiquity quiz
Where is that ancient Roman theatre located?
The Roman Theatre of Orange, France was built in the early 1st century. It is one of the best preserved of all Roman theatres and is currently used as a festival site called Chorégies d'Orange. In 1981, UNESCO declared the theatre as a World Heritage Site.
On February 15, 399, Socrates was sentenced to death by drinking ...
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.
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
What is the Hero's engine?
A hot air balloon
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.
Who wrote the Roman epic poem Annales?
Ennius was a writer and poet who lived during the Roman Republic. He is often considered the father of Roman poetry. Although only fragments of his works survive, his influence in Latin literature was significant, particularly in his use of Greek literary models. Annales is his most famous work, and the first epic poem that covered the early history of the Roman state.
The author of the first dictionary in history is ...
Zenodota from Ephesus
Didymosa from Alexandria
Aristophanes from Byzantium
Aristarcha of Samothrace
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.
Which ancient historian wrote the History of the Peloponnesian War?
As the title suggests, the work is a historical account of the Peloponnesian War. It was written by Thucydides, an Athenian historian who also happened to serve as an Athenian general during the war. His account of the conflict is widely considered to be a classic, and regarded as one of the earliest scholarly works of history.
Who wrote "The Art of Poetry"?
Ars Poetica is a poem written by Horace c. 19 BC, in which he advises poets on the art of writing poetry and drama. The Ars Poetica has "exercised a great influence in later ages on European literature, notably on French drama" and has inspired poets and authors since it was written.
Where are the ancient ruins of Puma Punku?
Pumapunku is part of a large temple complex or monument group that is part of the Tiwanaku Site near Tiwanaku, in western Bolivia. It is believed to date to AD 536 and later. Tiwanaku is significant in Inca traditions because it is believed to be the site where the world was created.
Where was the Nebra sky disk discovered?
Discovered in 1999 and dated to c. 1600 BC, the Nebra sky disk has been associated with the Bronze Age Unetice culture. It is unlike any known artistic style from the period, and was initially suspected of being a forgery, but now is widely accepted as authentic. The disk features the oldest concrete depiction of the cosmos worldwide.