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Take the Easy Greek Mythology Quiz!

Updated on January 14, 2015

Show Off Your Knowledge of Ancient Greece!

Welcome to the first of my Greek Mythology Trivia Quizzes! Some of these quizzes are tough, and may stump even students and fans of Greek mythology (which makes them a fun way to study for tests).

However, this quiz is for everybody, even if you've learned your Greek mythology from The Lightning Thief, Disney or Xena. Be sure to browse the "mini-myths," art and other goodies following each quiz!

Greek Mythology Quiz


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12 Signs of the Zodiac
12 Signs of the Zodiac

The Power of Twelve

What's with this twelve business, anyway?

Twelve labors of Hercules, twelve gods of Olympus, twelve signs of the Zodiac -- why 12? Why not 10?

The answer lies in the stars -- or rather, the moon! Ancient Mesopotamians figured out that there were twelve months in a year. Their method of dividing time and circles into twelve parts caught on, and was later adopted by the Greeks. They saw the number 12 as celestial ("heavenly") and important.

Finally, some modern scholars have noticed that you can count to 12 with one hand. Huh? We've got 5 fingers per hand! Yes, but try this: using the thumb of each hand, count finger bones of the other fingers. 1, 2, 3 on the pointer finger. 4, 5, 6 on the index finger. See?

So what were the Twelve Labors of Hercules? Here's two great webpages covering his exploits: [ Herakles on Perseus.com | Herakles on theoi.com ]

Eurystheus hiding from Kerberos in a jar
Eurystheus hiding from Kerberos in a jar

Kerberos (Cerberus) the Guard Dog of Hades

Hercules' best prank

Kerberos is the Greek name for this hound; Cerberus is Latin. He's a popular figure in Greek art and mythology, because he's so much fun to draw or describe. His job is to scare the dead into staying down in Hades, and to keep the living from intruding on the land of the dead.

Some stories say his three heads represent past, present and future. Like many figures of Greek myth, his coat has a fringe of snakes, scary animals that seem to have powers over life (they shed their skin and become young again) and death (lethal bites).

The last of Hercules' twelve labors was to bring up Kerberos from the underworld, symbolizing his transition to immortality. His taskmaster was his cousin Eurystheus. There are several amusing Greek vases depicting Eurystheus hiding in a pot after his cousin shows up with the ferocious beastie.

Judgment of Paris
Judgment of Paris

Who's the Fairest of Them All?

The Judgment of Paris

The prequel to the Trojan War in 500 words or less:

Eris the goddess of discord was annoyed. Peleus and Thetis, future parents of Achilles the great hero of the Trojan War, had not sent her an invitation. So she showed up at the reception like a bad fairy and tossed out a golden apple inscribed with the words, "To the fairest." Zeus, wise politician, knew better than to judge between the three contenders: Athena, Aphrodite and Hera. He had Hermes the messenger-god lead the three goddesses down to Paris, ladies' man, for his expert judgment.

Each of the goddesses promised him something. Dominion, whispered Hera. Victory in battle, vowed Athena. Aphrodite just flashed him and said, "I'll give you the hottest babe in the world." Naturally, Aphrodite got the apple.

Paris forgot to check the terms and conditions, however. The hottest babe was Helen, wife of powerful King Menelaus. Her abduction was the spark that ignited the Trojan War. Paris wouldn't give her back, and was thus caused the destruction of his city, his father, his brothers, and eventually him. Oops.

[Sources for this myth: various authors translated on theoi.com]

"Perseus Slays Medusa" Photo by Peter Anderson
"Perseus Slays Medusa" Photo by Peter Anderson

Everybody Must Get Stoned

At least until Perseus spoils the fun

Perseus' mother Danae was in big trouble: she'd been banished by her father after giving birth to a boy out of wedlock (not her fault; Zeus, as usual, was playing around). She washed up on an island ruled by King Polydektes. Unfortunately, he had the hots for Danae as well.

The king thought he would get rid of young Perseus by sending the aspiring hero on a quest to prove himself. His assignment: bring back the head of Medusa, a fearsome monster whose gaze turned anyone to stone who looked at her. Luckily for Perseus, his half-siblings Athena and Hermes were looking out for him. They loaned him winged sandals, a cap of invisibility, and various other goodies to help him on his quest, and advised him to look into his shield so as not to get petrified.

That worked. He lopped of Medusa's head and brought it back. When King Polydektes stupidly said, "Well, have you got it, then?" Perseus brought it out and petrified him.

[Ancient source for Perseus myth: Apollodorus 2.4 in translation]

Photo Gallery: Glimpses of Greece - From My Trip to Greece

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Theseus, you come back here! (Photo of me in ruined temple of Dionysos on Island of Naxos, where Theseus ditched Princess Ariadne)"Artemesion Zeus" (Background is from Island of Delos, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis)The Parthenon, Temple of Athena in AthensArchaic Greek Vase Painting: Odysseus (white) and his crew put out the eye of the CyclopsTemple of Hephaistos, Athens
Theseus, you come back here! (Photo of me in ruined temple of Dionysos on Island of Naxos, where Theseus ditched Princess Ariadne)
Theseus, you come back here! (Photo of me in ruined temple of Dionysos on Island of Naxos, where Theseus ditched Princess Ariadne)
"Artemesion Zeus" (Background is from Island of Delos, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis)
"Artemesion Zeus" (Background is from Island of Delos, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis)
The Parthenon, Temple of Athena in Athens
The Parthenon, Temple of Athena in Athens
Archaic Greek Vase Painting: Odysseus (white) and his crew put out the eye of the Cyclops
Archaic Greek Vase Painting: Odysseus (white) and his crew put out the eye of the Cyclops
Temple of Hephaistos, Athens
Temple of Hephaistos, Athens
Oedipus and his daughter Antigone, by Charles Francois Jalabert
Oedipus and his daughter Antigone, by Charles Francois Jalabert

Oedipus Gets a Bum Rap

If his real story wasn't bad enough, Freud had to give him a complex

Oedipus will kill his father and marry his mother.

When his parents heard this terrible prophecy, they exposed their newborn son. A kind-hearted shepherd rescued the baby and passed it off to a friend in a neighboring kingdom. There the childless king and queen received Oedipus with joy, raising him as their own, never telling him he was adopted. So when he heard a prophecy that he would kill his father and marry his mother, he fled to protect his parents from himself. On the road to Thebes, he was nearly run over by an elderly man in a chariot and killed him in self-defense.

Thebes was then being ravaged by a terrible monster, the sphinx, who would eat anyone that could not guess her riddle. (Can you?) Oedipus solved the riddle, drove the monster to kill herself, and married the grateful queen, recently widowed. The couple ruled Thebes happily until a plague swept through the kingdom.

Deeply worried for his people, Oedipus consulted oracles and prophets to learn why the gods were angry. He boasted that the fate of Thebes was in his hands, not the gods', and he would save them. Finally the truth came out: his pollution for his sins was the cause of divine punishment. The queen committed suicide. Oedipus put out his own eyes in self-loathing and banished himself.

In modern times, Freud named a complex after Oedipus, claiming that he'd done all that because he wanted to kill his father and marry his mother. But in the original story, Oedipus did everything he could to avoid his fate. He's actually a lot like Job, except that at first he does not have humility, and only after the awful truth comes out does he realize that there is no escaping god's will.

[Chief source for this myth: Sophocles' Oedipus in translation]

Affairs of Zeus - Making up for his castrated grandfather, maybe

The Genealogy of Greek Mythology: An Illustrated Family Tree of Greek Myth from the First Gods to the Founders of Rome
The Genealogy of Greek Mythology: An Illustrated Family Tree of Greek Myth from the First Gods to the Founders of Rome

If I tried to summarize even a fraction of all of Zeus' affairs and offspring, this page would go on forever. Here is a really great chart of all the Greek gods, goddesses and heroes, with lots information on various myths.

There is actually an explanation for Zeus' extramarital extravagance. Greece was not originally unified, and neither was its mythology. As Greece began to coalesce into one culture, local goddesses and heroines were explained away as paramours of Zeus. That also accounted for their demigod offspring.

 
Poseidon; Photo by Ellen Brundige
Poseidon; Photo by Ellen Brundige

Earth, Air, Water

The three senior Olympians

Threes and twelves -- Greeks do love their numbers.

In classical mythology, the three sons of Cronos divide up all parts of the world into respective dominions. Zeus is king of the gods, rules the sky and wilds a thunderbolt. Hades is lord of the underworld and the dead, and also of wealth, since minerals are delved from under the earth. Poseidon rules the sea.

At right is a cult statue of Poseidon that I photographed in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.

Orpheus by Canova
Orpheus by Canova

Don't Look Back

Orpheus and Eurydice

Orpheus is the mythical founder of popular "mysteries" which promised a blessed afterlife for followers who emulate him. They purify themselves with vegetarianism, with special garments, and with prayer and ascetic practices. There are many stories about how Orpheus descended and returned from the land of the dead. In some versions, he succeeds in bringing Eurydice back!

However, late classical writers seized upon a tragic variant of the Orpheus myth. In this version, his journey to Hades ends in disaster. He uses the sweet music of his lyre to calm Kerberos and the fearsome beasts of the underworld. Even Hades and Persephone, king and queen of the dead, are moved by his music. They allow him to take Eurydice home if he does not look back. Orpheus nearly makes it to the surface, but he cannot hear her, cannot tell she's behind him, and looks over his shoulder. She vanishes like mist.

Right: "Orpheus" by Canova. Photo by Yair Haklai, CC.

Medea by Sandys
Medea by Sandys

Jason and Medea

The twit and the witch

Greek writers portray Jason as rather a sap. He takes a whole band of adventurers with him to the north shore of the Black Sea retrieve the Golden Fleece. There he seduces and gains the aid of the king's daughter Medea, granddaughter of the sun-god Helios.

She helps Jason slay the dragon guarding the Golden Fleece and guides him through various perils. He brings her home, then ditches her to marry another king's daughter as a stepping-stone to power. Medea avenges herself by sending the bride a poisoned gown. Then she kills her children by Jason (they would have been killed as bastards) and flies up to heaven on her grandfather's chariot.

Later writers have a field day portraying Medea as a sinister, terrifying villainess. Euripides' Medea is a more subtle drama that leaves you trying to decide whether she was a woman backed into a corner in a man's world or a psychopath.

Pandora by John Waterhouse
Pandora by John Waterhouse

Pandora: A Riddle for the Ages

What happened to hope?

Most people know the myth of Pandora, but there's a riddle buried in it which has no answer.

Pandora was yet another early Greek goddess who suffered a serious demotion in the archaic period. The early writer Hesiod told two stories about how the first woman, Pandora ("all-gifted"), was created by the gods to torment mankind.

She comes with a box containing all the world's ills. She does not know what's inside; she's simply been told not to open it. Naturally, she yields to temptation. Out fly disease, old age, and every other form of suffering. Just in time, she slams down the lid and traps Hope inside.

But wait. Does that mean she kept Hope away from us? Or saved it? My own thought is that this kind of hope is not what we now mean by hope; it's more of a concept of knowing the future, anticipation. Not knowing, we can still hope. But that's a stretch, and many have debated what this myth really means.

Daedalus and Icarus by Van Dyck
Daedalus and Icarus by Van Dyck

Not Too High, Not Too Low

The myth of Daedalus and Icarus

Daedalus the great architect and inventor is trapped on the island of Krete by King Minos, so he creates wings for himself and his son to fly away.

The Roman poet Ovid tells a poignant version of their story, describing young Icarus innocently playing with the feathers and the wax.

Daedalus instructs his son not to fly too low or too high. However, the boy forgets his father's instructions (of course) and flies too near the sun, melting the wax fastenings of his wings. He plummets into the sea.

Their names are Daidalos and Ikaros in Greek, but I love Ovid's poem, so I use their Latin names.

© 2009 Ellen Brundige

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I knew I should have paid closer attention in school. I got 58% so need to do some studying, for sure. Very enjoyable quiz lens on Greek Mythology.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      I also got 58%, maybe OhMe and I cans study together! I really enjoyed this quiz.

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      Heh. I guess it's hard to judge "easy" and "hard" when you've studied a topic for decades! Sorry, friends!

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      Kimsworld LM 7 years ago

      I remembered more than I thought I would. I went to a small school, we only had 1 sub.teacher for all grades. Her name was Mrs. Farris. I always loved when they had to call her in. Instead of knowing what assignments we had, she would read stories from her mythology book. She was a GREAT storyteller. She sparked an interest in mythology for many of us. She would have loved your lenses, all of them.Thanks, for all your lenses. I know you must devote a lot time to make them so great.

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      stacy mcdaniel 7 years ago

      7 out of 12, I shocked myself. I thought I would fail it, but I didn't do to bad.

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      Ellen Brundige 7 years ago from California

      @Kimsworld LM: Ooo. I wonder if that would still be allowed with today's tighter school rules. I would LOVE to do what she did! Except in some cases, I don't need a book, because I memorize and perform as a storyteller. :)

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      Alisha Vargas 7 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Good quiz! I thought I knew a lot of the basics, but obviously don't know quite as much as I thought, I only got 9 out of the 12.

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      EuroSquid LM 7 years ago

      11 out of 12. Why did I think Herakles had 13 labors? Guess I miscounted :(

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      poppy mercer 7 years ago from London

      me 11 out of 12 also...I was keen on the idea that Jason brought back wine; a much better idea than the witch. Thanks for a nice diversion.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I was cool.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      Love this quiz - stopped back to let you know that I featured it today on facebook. Please stop by and see it at: Homeschool Fun for Tweens and Teens

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      Need to have a refresher! Thought I knew more...

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      ChaosAndCritters 6 years ago

      I'd have done better if I didn't listen to my husband!!!

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      Ellen Brundige 6 years ago from California

      @ChaosAndCritters: Hee hee!

      Well, you should appreciate this video then:

      https://hubpages.com/animals/funniest-horse-race-e

      -- Real horse race between two horses named mywifeknowseverything and thewifedoesntknow

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      Pete D 6 years ago

      Nice quiz :) My favourite would be Hercules.

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Very fun quiz ... now I want to watch "Jason and the Argonauts" again!

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      AlaskaHydro LM 6 years ago

      I did better than I thought I would

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      jenms lm 6 years ago

      wow - 11/12 - I guess Edith Hamilton's Mythology stuck with me all these years

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      Tom Fattes 6 years ago from Naperville, IL

      7/12 - I think I did pretty good.

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      Dakka 6 years ago

      yay! only missed 1!

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I did worst than expected! 8/12, one I did not read carefully, so lets say 9/12 shall we?:)

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      The Afrikan 6 years ago

      im happy with my 8 out of 12

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      8 out of 12, not good, not bad, I would say :)

      Nice quiz, thank you!

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      emcueto 6 years ago

      I was going through the questions so fast, I though the subject of number 6 was Hercules, not Zeus. haha, got 11 out of 12 thanks to that mistake

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      weeeeeeeeeeeeeee

      kinda like it

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      jp1978 6 years ago

      Yay, perfect score! I love mythology! The questions were funny too!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      10 of 12 correct. Well, this certainly beat the score I posted on another of your Greek mythology quizzes. :) Thumbs up.

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      Addy Bell 6 years ago

      10 out of 12.

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      75% correct. Better on the "easy" one! :-) Fun lens series, Ellen. I love how you've got the background below.

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      surviving-2012 6 years ago

      I love the way you phrased the questions! It makes it harder to cheat. Nicely done. 92%!!!

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      Allison Whitehead 6 years ago

      80% - much better. Well done me! Great lens - I love Greek mythology!

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      spritequeen lm 6 years ago

      Well, 70% isn't toooo bad. Back to school for me, though, I guess! LOL Thanks for a fun quiz! Fun information, too!

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      mikerbowman 6 years ago

      Great lens! This was a fun refresher course in some Greek mythology. Thanks for sharing!

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I studied Greek mythology many moons ago in high school. I guess I wasn't paying close enough attention.

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      sammy9212 6 years ago

      i don't remember much about greek mythology from school, but i didn't do to bad :D

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      boutiqueshops 6 years ago

      75% ~ sure had fun taking it too! Love all the info too. Awesome page

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      Amy Fricano 6 years ago from WNY

      How about one wrong? Medusa got me with the"stoned" reference, but I went to college a long time ago. What a great idea to build this kind of encyclopedic series of quizzes. Smarty pants.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A Perfect Score, "Jason and Argonaunts" is one of my Favorite Classic Movies as well as other tales from that time period!! Of course Hercules is another!!

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      Kiwisoutback 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      I'm not even going to share my score because it was pretty low... okay, it was 20%! The graphic you've created for the quiz series is really cool. Any chance you'll be adding a tutorial on one of your lenses on how to create one like it? Squid Angel blessed in the meantime!

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      If I hadn't second myself I would have done better than half.

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      D Williams 6 years ago

      I enjoyed the quiz, thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      got 11 questions right. whew. not too bad. i enjoyed it.

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      ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

      I got 8. I LOVE the way your framed your questions in this quiz. It was very lyrical.

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      Mary 6 years ago from Chicago area

      75% -- I'll take it! Perfect level of difficulty & inspires me to peek back into my kids' mythology books :)

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      lilymom24 6 years ago

      I love Greek mythology but I didn't do too good on this one. Looks like I need to hit the books again. =)

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      MoonandMagic 6 years ago

      Loved it, I I managed 83% so I'm happy! yay, very interesting lens. Thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great quiz thanks

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      Joy Neasley 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      fun quiz and great lens. thanks.

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      jasminesphotogr 6 years ago

      Great quiz. I took a world literature class in high school and Greek Mythology was one of the units. I didn't do too bad on the quiz, 8 out of 12. :) It was a lot of fun.

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      chocsie 6 years ago

      actually had tons of fun taking this one! although i didn't do as well as i would have liked...

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      EuroSquid LM 6 years ago

      I love anything related to Greek Mythology. I love your lenses too. It would probably be easy to bless them all, but I picked this one to bless. Well done

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Enjoyed it and got 90% - it's not the taking part that matters, it's the score!!! :-)

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      Cheryl57 LM 6 years ago

      Got 8/10, so guess it wasn't "all Greek to me". I know, GROAN, bad pun. LOL!

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      artistico 6 years ago

      beautiful quizz :) enjoy it !!!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i really loved your test i got 100%

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      Steve Dizmon 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Lots of fun. Didn't do too badly. 10 for 12, then realized the answers were below. I could have cheated and got them all.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love Greek mythology. Didn't really do well in the 2 quizzes I took but will be back to finish the rest in the series.

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      Terrific lens, thanks for sharing

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      musicgurl333 6 years ago

      I love Greek mythology. I'll have to try some of the other quizzes as well.

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      stirko 6 years ago

      great quiz

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      8/10 - feeling better than I did on the Heroes quiz lol

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      NYThroughTheLens 6 years ago

      Ah. I didn't bomb this quiz! I love that you went over the answers. Great quiz lens.

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      Johncatanzaro 6 years ago

      Not a bad quiz, good mind-bender

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      sdtechteacher 6 years ago

      It looks like I need to study more. Thanks!

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      Greek mythology always intrigues me

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      mukeshdaji 6 years ago

      I passed your quiz before I read the lens, woohoo!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Great lens, I enjoyed Greek in myths (adapted) as a kid, now they are infinte source of inspiration:)

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      dvpwli 6 years ago

      great lens - i never know about this kind of facts

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i've always been a fan of greek myths - in fact, my night table reading material are all mythology related...

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      stickfigurine 5 years ago

      Awesome I'm greek and it's nice to see that other people enjoy ancient greek mythology as much as I do.

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      franstan lm 5 years ago

      Awesome information

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      Jim Sterling 5 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      Thanks for the easier quiz.

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      That quiz was really fun to take,

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I did worst than i thought I would! Need some primer in Greek mythology:)

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Thanks for another fun and challenging quiz.

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      ALL of your lenses are SO creative and beautifully formatted, love this greek mythology quiz and am a fan. Best to you from CC in St. Lou

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi. I'm sure you are wrong on some of these. Herakles had twelve labors to do, but the king said he didn't complete one of them and so gave him another one to do, therefore he did 13 labors. You could also say Polyphemos could 'get you stoned', as he is famous for throwing large stones at Odysseys as he left the island.

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      Ellen Brundige 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: You know, it's been a while since I've taught, but that's the first time I've had a student try "I'm sure you're wrong" to get test scores changed.

      So. Congratulations! You've discovered one mythological variant I've never heard of: that Hercules failed one of his labors. Please tell me this story, and I'll give you two points extra credit if you can point me to a classical Greek source where it's found! ("Cite a classical source or it didn't happen!" as a scholar would say. ;) )

      Regardless, Hercules does have 12 labors; that's a convention about him in Greek mythology that's true even when it isn't, just as everyone knows that there's 9 Muses and 3 Fates despite mythological variants. The ancient Greeks called Hercules' main twelve labors the twelve feats ("dodekathlon", with dodeka, the number twelve), and any that didn't fit the canonical 12 were called extra works ("pererga"). Accordingly, you'll find Hercules' 12 labors depicted in 12 metopes (decorated squares spaces) over the east and west porches of the Temple of Zeus in Olympia, one of the two most important temples in the classical world. The twelve labors are also mentioned by many poets and writers. You can read some of them in translation here (see the sidebar):

      http://www.theoi.com/greek-mythology/heracles.html

      As for the "get you stoned" -- sorry, nice try, but you're not gonna get the points for that one. Medusa is most famously the monster who turns people to stone. Polyphemos is associated with a lot of things -- cheese, sheep, one eye, caves, Poseidon, raunchy satyr plays, the nymph Galatea -- and he's far more liable to eat you than drop a rock on you. Or, if we are to believe the pastoral poets, he's far more liable to play his pipes and behave like a country bumpkin. Go figure. My point: "stoning" isn't especially associated with Polyphemos as a mythological figure, whereas it is with Medusa. If you'd asked an ancient Greek this question, they'd have picked "Medusa" without hesitation.

      I know, I know, this mean teacher gave two answers on a quiz, one more right than the other! (In fact, I gave three, since I mentioned the Clashing Rocks.) Teachers are evil that way.

      Thanks for playing, though, and giving me some hope people are still studying Greek myth out there! Now, please, tell me a story. Where'd you hear this one about Herakles failing to complete a labor?

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Missed last one, nailed others!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      good lens...lots of information

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 5 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      83% - not bad for someone who hasn't thought about mythology for quit a while :+] Good quiz; interesting and attractive explanations, Thanks,

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting lens, fascinating material.

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      macsquared 5 years ago

      Ah, I was hoping for a perfect score! Looks like I have a little Greek Mythology to brush up on!

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Another enjoyable lens!

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      AMPSBDavis 5 years ago

      Awesome lens!

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      WilliamPower 5 years ago

      Good quiz!

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      mcadloni 5 years ago

      Interesting lens, I read "Anything is Possible" about Aesop, I like Greek mythology.

      There is so much you can learn about Greek Mythology and it is fun to read!

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      MindPowerProofs1 5 years ago

      Thank you for the information and fun

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I need to learn to read first and then take your quizzes, 50% only...always so well done!

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      jeffersonline 5 years ago

      That was a wakeup call! I thought I was right on the money there, but stumbled slightly - thanks for putting this lens together to help unfog my memory!

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      Years and years and years ago, at about the age of eight, we learnt some Greek mythology at school with a book called "Favourite Greek Myths". I helped me more than I expected. :)

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      top-holidays lm 5 years ago

      Love your lens, very interesting

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      This is obviously a lens I must return to.... Thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I Love these lenses I will have to do them all now

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi lot of fun, and I learned a lot about Greek Mythology.

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      InternetMarketingTentacle 5 years ago

      Wowsers, pretty cool, got 92% right... and my mythology classes were some 20 years ago... phew :-)

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      bensen32 lm 5 years ago

      50% not to good but I learned something so that's good.

      Thanks for a fun and educational lens.

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      Need to brush up on mythology

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      vinodkpillai lm 4 years ago

      Not bad at all - I thought I would be a disaster - but it turned out pretty decent - so nice! I love quizzes and this one was particularly interesting - thanks!

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      alexiafeatherch 4 years ago

      I got 75%. It's been awhile since I've read anything about Greek Mythology, but this was a nice brush-up with the quiz and information.

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      Truthmusica 4 years ago

      34% only.....

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      42% :)

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      christineallen 4 years ago

      66% grrr

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      Thamisgith 4 years ago

      I got 100% - but I admit that one was a lucky guess.

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      Tennyhawk 4 years ago

      100% Yay! It's been a while since I've read any Greek mythology, but I got interested in it in third grade, so it kinda stuck.

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      A RovingReporter 4 years ago

      I fared so badly,

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      kopox 4 years ago

      fun quiz...

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      cody everette 4 years ago

      That was a lot of fun, I enjoyed all the background info after the quiz.

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      Short_n_Sweet 4 years ago

      Got 67%... That was a fun quiz..and all the answers afterwards (why didn't I peek:-) was very informative and fun!!

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      I enjoyed that - well written and funny. Thanks

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      kevkev227 lm 4 years ago

      This was fun...thanks :)

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      artsy-geek 3 years ago

      That was fun. Got 10 out of 12 though : )

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      9/12. And I knew better on one of them but I can't tell me anything. Fun.

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      Laura Brown 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like how you built your lens with the quiz first and then the answers.

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      John Dyhouse 3 years ago from UK

      Did much better with this one 10/12. But I see you call it the easy one, mmmm.

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      Andromachi 3 years ago

      12 out of 12. Thank you for the quiz. I enjoyed it.

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      Scindhia 3 years ago from Chennai

      Got only 8.. fun quiz!

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      Samantha 2 years ago

      Hi, enjoyed your page. Took the quiz and the answer to #7 is wrong. Sky = Zeus, Sea = Poseidon, Underworld = Hades. Unless I misread the question.

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      Nobody 21 months ago

      Last one is wrong, i got them all right but the last answer came back wrong. someone needs to refresh their memory (and it ain't me)

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