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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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  • Name the basic unit of a Macedonian phalanx.

    • Speira
    • Mandible
    • Century
    • Hoplon
  • The Bactrian (that is, two-humped) camel was used primarily for warfare.

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

    • 1
    • 5
    • 8
    • 3
  • What was the name Hannibal’s elephant?

    • Cannae
    • Ajax
    • Surus
    • Marengo
  • Name the Roman throwing spear.

    • Gladius
    • Velites
    • Corvus
    • Pilum
  • How many centuries were there in the First Cohort of a 1st century AD Roman legion?

    • 6
    • 5
    • 8
    • 4
  • What name was given to the Roman legion’s shield formation used mainly against fortified positions?

    • Krokodile
    • Scutum
    • Militarii
    • Testudo
  • What does “kataphraktoi” mean?

    • Oven men
    • Covered over
    • Principes
    • Iceni
  • What was a “corvus” (in warfare)?

    • Scout galley
    • Boarding platform
    • Heavy marine
    • Naval squadron
  • Where was the final naval encounter during Pompey’s campaign against the pirates?

    • Salamis
    • Actium
    • Coracesium
    • Mylae

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