The Romans: a quiz

This quiz tests your knowledge of the Romans, an extraordinary civilization that started from one city in Italy and grew to become one of the greatest empires in World history – the longest-lasting if nothing else. Europeans can still see many remains of structures built by the Romans, and there are countless buildings throughout the world that were built on Roman models. Roman influence can be seen today in laws and constitutions that were modelled on Roman principles, and the fact that Christianity came to dominate the western world was due almost entirely to its adoption by Rome’s emperors.

So what do you know about Ancient Rome?

  • Question of

    What relation was Augustus Caesar (Octavian) to Julius Caesar?

    • Son
    • Great-nephew
    • Grandson
    • No relation
  • Question of

    The Roman town of Aquae Sulis, renowned for its heated waters, lay on the same site as which modern English city?

    • Bristol
    • Exeter
    • Bath
    • Gloucester
  • Question of

    Who was the last of Rome’s seven kings?

    • Romulus
    • Numa Pomlilius
    • Tarquinius Superbus
    • Ancus Marcius
  • Question of

    The Punic Wars were fought between Rome and which other city-state?

    • Athens
    • Byzantium
    • Alexandria
    • Carthage
  • Question of

    Which land did the Romans call Hibernia?

    • Ireland
    • Scotland
    • Wales
    • France
  • Question of

    Who was the Roman God of War?

    • Jupiter
    • Janus
    • Mars
    • Hercules
  • Question of

    What was the Cloaca Maxima?

    • Rome’s city wall
    • The aqueduct that brought most of Rome’s water to the city
    • The road that linked Rome and Naples
    • Rome’s main drain
  • Question of

    Which emperor began Rome’s conversion to Christianity?

    • Diocletian
    • Constantine
    • Aurelian
    • Theodosius
  • Question of

    Which Roman poet wrote the “Aeniad”, which tells the story of Aeneas who supposedly fled from Troy and became the ancestor of the Romans?

    • Virgil
    • Ovid
    • Horace
    • Livy
  • Question of

    Which emperor ordered a wall to be built across northern Britain – this was begun in 122 AD?

    • Claudius
    • Nero
    • Hadrian
    • Vespasian


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