1. Which of the following was discovered 200 years ago this month (one point)?

  • A: The ruins of Pompeii
  • B: Venus de Milo
  • C: The Terracotta Army
  • D: The Tomb of Cleopatra

2. Two of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” were in Egypt. One was the Great Pyramid. The other was... (one point)?

  • A: The Sphinx
  • B: The Temples of Karnak
  • C: The Tomb of Tutankhamun
  • D: The Lighthouse of Alexandria

3. The Great Pyramid was once the tallest man-made structure on earth. Which of the following also held that title (one point)?

  • A: Stonehenge
  • B: Lincoln Cathedral
  • C: The Tower of London
  • D: Westminster Abbey

4. The Parthenon crowns the Acropolis in Athens. It was a temple. To which deity was it dedicated (one point)?

  • A: Athena
  • B: Aphrodite
  • C: Zeus
  • D: Poseidon

5. Ah yes, Zeus. On which of the Greek islands - loved by modern tourists - was Zeus meant to have been born (one point)?

  • A: Corfu
  • B: Rhodes
  • C: Crete
  • D: Kefalonia

6. The Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, supposedly emerged from the sea near which popular holiday resort (one point)?

  • A: Ibiza Town, Ibiza
  • B: Malia, Crete
  • C: Bodrum, Turkey
  • D: Paphos, Cyprus

7. Troy, one of the most famous ancient cities, has largely disappeared from view. In which country do its ruins lie (one point)?

  • A: Greece
  • B: Egypt
  • C: Croatia
  • D: Turkey

8. The 2004 movie Troy featured Brad Pitt in gold armour. Where was much of it filmed (one point)?

  • A: California
  • B: Malta
  • C: Cyprus
  • D: Sicily

9. A “New Seven Wonders of the World” list was unveiled in 2007. The sites, all man-made structures, are found in Latin America (three), Asia (three) and Europe (one). Name them (seven points).

10. Each of the following anagrams conceals one of the original “Seven Wonders of the World” (five points). A: Fatuously Maize Teapots B: Granny Bobsleigh Fandango C: Duchess Roof Solos D: Aftertaste Euphemism Slope E: Usual Ashram Emasculations

Kids’ corner

1. Which fortification marked the northern edge of the Roman Empire in Britain?

  • A: Augustus’s Castle
  • B: Hadrian’s Wall
  • C: Nero’s Fence
  • D: Caligula’s Car Park

2. What was London called in Roman times?

  • A: Londinium
  • B: Brixtonium
  • C: Chelsanthium
  • D: Oxfordstretium

3. What location do Harry Potter and Boadicea – the ancient British queen who fought the Romans – have in common?

  • A: Hogwarts School
  • B: Durham Cathedral
  • C: Little Whinging
  • D: King’s Cross Station

4. Which figure from ancient Greek mythology is also the title of a Disney film?

  • A: Aphrodite
  • B: Hercules
  • C: Zeus
  • D: Perseus

5. How many people do historians think Rome’s Colosseum held when full?

  • A: 8,000
  • B: 80,000
  • C: 800,000
  • D: 8,000,000


Ask the adults

(1) B: Venus de Milo – dug up on April 8 1820 by a farmer on the Aegean island of Milos (hence the name), and now visible in the Louvre. Cleopatra’s tomb has never been found.

(2) D: The Lighthouse of Alexandria. Earthquakes destroyed it. Some of its stonework was used to build the Citadel of Qaitbay – a fortress – on the same site in the 15th century.

(3) B: Lincoln Cathedral - between 1311 and 1548. Its central spire, toppled by a storm in the latter year, is thought to have reached 525ft (160m).

(4) A: Athena. The Greek goddess of wisdom and warfare was hailed as Athens’ protector – and probably took her name from the city, rather than vice versa.

(5) C: Crete. You can visit the “birth cave” near Psychro, in the east of the island.

(6) D: Paphos. According to folklore, Aphrodite’s Rock, a sea stack outside the village of Kouklia, marks the spot.

(7) D: Turkey. The remnants of a Bronze Age city at Hisarlik, near the Dardanelles Strait, are thought to be all that is left of the site of the Trojan War.

(8) B: Malta. Golden Bay, on the north-west side of the main island, was heavily used.

(9) Latin America: Chichen Itza (Mexico), Machu Picchu (Peru), the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio (Brazil). Asia: The Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal (India), Petra (Jordan). Europe: The Colosseum (Italy).

(10) A: Statue of Zeus at Olympia; B: Hanging Gardens of Babylon; C: Colossus of Rhodes; D: Temple of Artemis at Ephesus; E: Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.

Kids’ corner

(1) B: Hadrian’s Wall.

(2) A: Londinium. It sat on the north side of the Thames.

(3) D: King’s Cross Station. One (unlikely) legend has it that Boadicea is buried between Platforms 9 and 10 - close to Harry’s fabled Platform 93/4.

(4) B: Hercules (1997). You can watch it on the new Disney streaming platform.

(5) B: 80,000. Slightly bigger than Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, smaller than Barcelona’s Camp Nou.

The Daily Telegraph

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