History Quiz On The Landmark Thucydides Book

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The Landmark Thucydides is a book, edited by Robert B. Strassler and introduced by Victor Davis Hanson. Thucydides was an Athenian historian who enumerates about the war between Athens and Sparta. Peloponnesian War is a repository of military, moral, political, and philosophical wisdom. Take this quiz on the history of the Peloponnesian War, based on 'The Landmark Thucydides' which covers the events leading up to the war. So, let's try out the quiz. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    • A. 

      He was the brother of Menelaus, Helen's husband.

    • B. 

      The oaths of Tyndareus which bound the Suitors to follow him.

    • C. 

      The navy that was built from the wealth of his ancestor, Pelops.

    • D. 

      His personal magnitude and commanding presence.

  • 2. 
    What were the two cities whose long-standing rivalry was responsible for sparking the Peloponnesian War?
    • A. 

      Thebes and Megara

    • B. 

      Corinth and Corcyra

    • C. 

      Attica and Hellas

    • D. 

      Athens and Sparta

  • 3. 
    Which Greek city had enjoyed freedom from tyrants for more than 400 years at the time of the Peloponnesian War?
    • A. 

      Argos

    • B. 

      Athens

    • C. 

      Corinth

    • D. 

      Sparta

  • 4. 
    How were the initial alliances between the two warring sides arranged?
    • A. 

      Corcyra and Athens vs Corinth and Sparta

    • B. 

      Corcyra and Sparta vs Corinth and Athens

    • C. 

      Athens and Sparta vs Corcyra and Corinth

    • D. 

      Athens and Thebes vs Persia and Sparta

  • 5. 
    How did Athens become so much more powerful than its allies in the Delian League?
    • A. 

      Athens was a much larger city than the other allied cities.

    • B. 

      Athenian hoplites were better armed and trained.

    • C. 

      Athens imposed monetary contributions rather than demanding ships from its allies.

    • D. 

      Advanced Athenian science led to the development of better military technologies.

  • 6. 
    Name the Athenian who convinced Athens to build its fleet prior to the Persian invasion and whose delaying tactics allowed Athens to rebuild its walls despite Spartan opposition.
    • A. 

      Themistocles

    • B. 

      Pericles

    • C. 

      Orestes

    • D. 

      Myronides

  • 7. 
    Why did the Spartans vote for war with Athens in 432 BC?
    • A. 

      Because their Corinthian allies appealed for help.

    • B. 

      Because the Athenians had invaded the Peloponnese.

    • C. 

      Because they feared the Athenians' growing power.

    • D. 

      Because the Spartan king Archidamus demanded it.

  • 8. 
    Which foreign land did Athens NOT invade in the decades leading up to the Peloponnesian War?
    • A. 

      Cyprus

    • B. 

      Italy

    • C. 

      Egypt

    • D. 

      Byzantium

  • 9. 
    What was the name of the peace treaty signed in 446 BC, after the Peloponnesians withdrew from Attica and the Athenians recaptured Euboea?
    • A. 

      The Twenty Years' Peace

    • B. 

      The Fifty Years' Peace

    • C. 

      The Ten Years' Peace

    • D. 

      The Thirty Years' Peace

  • 10. 
    How did Thucydides refer to the 50 years leading up to the war?
    • A. 

      The Pentaliad

    • B. 

      The Pentanomicon

    • C. 

      The Pentacontaetia

    • D. 

      The Pentateuch

  • 11. 
    What caused Athens to break her alliance with Sparta in 462 BC?
    • A. 

      The Spartans rejected Athenian aid in suppressing the Helot revolt.

    • B. 

      The Spartans invaded Attica in support of Carian rebels.

    • C. 

      The Spartans demanded that Athens tear down the Long Walls.

    • D. 

      The Spartans were building a navy to contest Athenian power.