Mythology: Is It Greek To You?

Greek Mythology is the way an ancient people attempted to understand the world. With a comparatively limited knowledge of natural science and theoretical physics, the Greeks would use stories to explain why things happened. The stories and myths they produced have had a lasting effect and profoundly influenced almost all branches of intellectual thought. How much do you know about the archaic system of beliefs that helped transform the world creatively and intellectually?

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The ferryman Charon escorted departed souls from the land of the living to the land of the dead across which river in the underworld?
Acheron
Styx
Lethe
Phlegethon
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Which Greek hero is responsible for slaying the Minotaur?
Theseus
Perseus
Heracles
Jason
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Zeus punished Prometheus for giving fire to humans by tying him to a rock and ordering an eagle to daily devour what part of Prometheus' body?
Liver
Heart
Tongue
Eyes
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What was the Latin name for Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and fertility?
Ego
Bacchus
Chaos
Chimaera
5 of 13
In which epic poem is the story of the Trojan Horse recounted?
The Iliad
The Aeneid
The Odyssey
Metamorphosis
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When master craftsman Hephaestus constructs a magic tarp of invisible chains to humiliate his promiscuous wife Aphrodite, which god does he ensnare in flagrante delicto with her?
Zeus
Hermes
Ares
Eros
7 of 13
Which playwright wrote Oedipus Rex?
Aeschylus
Euripides
Aristophanes
Sophocles
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When Orpheus courageously attempts to retrieve his wife Eurydice from Hades, what temptation proves too much for him to overcome, thus relegating his wife to eternity in the underworld?
Looking at her
Singing to her
Kissing her
Feeding her
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Which goddess does Paris side with in "The Judgement of Paris," thus launching the Trojan War and inspiring a seemingly endless supply of myths?
Aphrodite
Athene
Hera
Eris
10 of 13
Which of the following mythological monsters was not involved in the twelve trials of Heracles?
Hydra
Nemean Lion
Arcadian Boar
Charybdis
11 of 13
What Aristotelian term, stemming from the Greek tragedians, refers to the purging and cleansing of pity and fear?
Hubris
Tragedy
Peripeteia
Catharsis
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What did Sisyphus do to earn his eternal "roll the rock up the hill" punishment in Hades?
Cheated death
Stole a thunderbolt from Zeus
Slept with Hera
Married a goddess
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What was the name of the profoundly influential work by Hesiod that is considered the seed from which Greek mythology grew?
Cosmogony
Cosmology
Works and Days
Theogony