alexander taming bucephalus by schommerFree pub quiz questions for you to use as you wish, all on the subject of the Ancient world. We're tlaking Roman, Greek, all that business.



  1. Which four-letter abbreviation, seen on Roman army standards, stood for a Latin phrase meaning "the Senate and the people of Rome"?


    The abbreviation stands for Senatus Populus Que Romanus

  2. Which city was destroyed in 146 BC by the Romans at the end of the 3rd Punic War?


    Roman name for the Carthiginians was Punici

  3. Which modern-day European capital city was known as Lutetia by the Romans?


    Lutetia was renamed Paris in 360 AD

  4. Which King of Persia was victorious at the Battle of Thermopylae but defeated at the Battle of Salamis, both in 480 BC

    Xerxes I (aka Xerxes the Great)

    This was during Persia's ultimately failed plan to conquer Greece.

  5. What was the name of the military commander from Africa who marched an army with elephants into Italy over the alps in 218 BC?


    Hannibal Barca

  6. Which famous list of superlative architecture was compiled by various Greek writers in the 2nd Century BC including Antipater of Sidon and Philo of Byzantium?

    Seven Wonders of The World

    The lists do vary in content, so be careful if asking about the contents of the list.

  7. Which Mediterranean country do you have to travel to to visit the ruins of the ancient city of Carthage?


    The city was destroyed in 146 BC and is now a suburb of the Capital, Tunis.

  8. Which Roman construction is about 39 miles long and runs across Scotland from Bo'ness to Kilpatrick?

    Antonine Wall

    Hadrian's wall is longer and is entirely within England.

  9. What island had the Roman name 'Hibernia'?


    Hibernian FC of Edinburgh take their name from this as they were founded by Irishmen living in the city.

  10. What does the letter C mean in Roman numerals?

    One hundred

    It may not have originated from a word, but it stands for the Latin word 'centum', meaning a hundred.

  11. Which city was legendarily founded by twins in 753 BC, and is known as the 'Eternal City'?


    The twins were Romulus and Remus

  12. Which city-state was the enemy of Sparta in the Peloponnesian war in the 5th Century BC?


    Sparta were the winners.

  13. Which lost city in South America was discovered in 1911 by the archaeologist Hiram Bingham?

    Machu Picchu

    Others westerners had probably found the city first, but Bingham was the one who publicised it. Later, he became US Senator for Connecticut.

  14. How do you write 64 in Roman Numerals?


    L is 50, x is 10, IV is 4.

  15. Which ancient King was born in 356 BC and rode a horse named Bucephalus?

    Alexander of Macedon, aka Alexander the Great

    The story says that Bucephalus was a wild horse that no one could tame except Alexander.



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