Ancient Warfare Quiz! What Do You Know About It?

Throughout the ages combat techniques and equipment have changed. Test you knowledge of the equipment, skills and tactics employed by ancients armies.

Ancient warfare is war as conducted from the beginnings of recorded history to the end of the ancient period.

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  • Question of

    Name the basic unit of a Macedonian phalanx.

    • Speira
    • Mandible
    • Century
    • Hoplon
  • Question of

    The Bactrian (that is, two-humped) camel was used primarily for warfare.

    • False
    • True
  • Question of

    How many rows of oars did a Roman “trireme” have?

    • 1
    • 5
    • 8
    • 3
  • Question of

    What was the name Hannibal’s elephant?

    • Cannae
    • Ajax
    • Surus
    • Marengo
  • Question of

    Name the Roman throwing spear.

    • Gladius
    • Velites
    • Corvus
    • Pilum
  • Question of

    How many centuries were there in the First Cohort of a 1st century AD Roman legion?

    • 6
    • 5
    • 8
    • 4
  • Question of

    What name was given to the Roman legion’s shield formation used mainly against fortified positions?

    • Krokodile
    • Scutum
    • Militarii
    • Testudo
  • Question of

    What does “kataphraktoi” mean?

    • Oven men
    • Covered over
    • Principes
    • Iceni
  • Question of

    What was a “corvus” (in warfare)?

    • Scout galley
    • Boarding platform
    • Heavy marine
    • Naval squadron
  • Question of

    Where was the final naval encounter during Pompey’s campaign against the pirates?

    • Salamis
    • Actium
    • Coracesium
    • Mylae


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