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Trivia Quiz: How Well Do you Know Ancient Rome?

How well do you know Ancient Rome? Test your knowledge with the questions below. When done check your Answers.

1. What type of footwear did an ordinary Roman citizen wear with his toga?

    A. Sandals with leather soles
    B. Leather boots with two long straps that wrapped around the ankle
    C. Leather boots that laced up the front

2. The novel Victory's Crossing follows Alexander, a Jew and Roman citizen, during his time in Rome in the Summer of 12 AD. A reader recommended that the book include a scene with gladiators fighting in the Colosseum.

To maintain authenticity, the author opted for a chariot race in the Circus Maximus instead. Can you guess why?

    A. There was no Colosseum in Rome
    B. Jewish religious pratice forbid attending gladiator fights
    C. Gladiators did not fight during the hot Summer months

3. Below are three artistic depictions of charioteers. Which one(s) would you see in a chariot race in the Circus Maximus in first century Rome?

A. B. C.

4. Although the wealthier Romans painted their walls with bright colors like red and gold, floor mosaics were usually made primarily of white marble. Why?

    A. to improve room lighting
    B. marble chips were inexpensive and easy to obtain
    C. it was tradition since white with black mosaics dated back to the Republic

5. Both Caesar and Augustus granted Jews in the Roman Empire the legal right to practice their religion exclusively. Jews were not required to make offerings to a Roman god.

In the first century a new cult came from the East and tried to adopt the Jewish practice of not worshipping Roman gods but they were punished for breaking the law. Can you name this Eastern cult?

    A. Cult of Cybele
    B. Cult of Christos
    C. Cult of Isis
    D. Cult of Mithras

6. A visitor to Rome could have found a place like this on practically every block. What is it?

    A. a bakery with ovens for smoking pork
    B. a public latrine
    C. a tavern

7. The ancient Roman baths consisted of three separate chambers: a warm water bath, a cold water bath, and a sauna room with hot water. In what order did a bather use each of these chambers?

    A. cold water, warm water, sauna/hot water
    B. cold water, sauna/hot water, warm water
    C. sauna/hot water, warm water, cold water
    D. sauna/hot water, cold water, warm water
    E. warm water, sauna/hot water, cold water

8. In Victory's Crossing Claudius' older brother Germanicus mentions the impending birth of a new son whom he will name Gaius. Gaius later became Emperor but history better remembers him by what name?

    A. Rufus (red-haired)
    B. Nero
    C. Pliny
    D. Caligula
    E. Tacitus

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