comments 20

The Wednesday Quiz- those Romans are crazy!

“History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there!” Santayana

And in that spirit I present twelve questions to stretch your knowledge of ancient history!

1. Vesta, goddess of the hearth, defended Rome but what happened to the slothful virgin who let the fire go out?

2. In 18BC Augustus punished adultery harshly. What happened when his grand- daughter Julia had a baby to someone other than her husband?

3. How old was Emperor Tiberius when he died?

4. What does the nick-name “Caligula” translate as?

5. In which year did Rome first invade the British Isles?

6. How may have a feather been the murder weapon that finished off poor Claudius?

7. Which military advisor said, ” you defeat the enemy with a spade.”

8. Why did Nero kick his pregnant wife to death?

9. What colours were the racing factions at the Circus Maximus?

10. Who was the Roman god of “hinges”?

11. In which year was Pompeii destroyed by volcanic eruption?

12. What record for killing hippos in gladiatorial combat did the Emperor Commodus hold?

Answer in the comments below. Only a cad would Google these questions!

May Fortuna shine on you!



  1. I’ll be honest and say I haven’t got a clue on any of them. It is tempting to google but only because I am truly facinated by the questions and intreagued by the answers. That said I will wait to see what they are when you post them. 😊

    Liked by 3 people

    • I love history for the same reason! Some of it, you just couldn’t make up. I remember having a discussion with a History teacher who taught that Emperors would never enter the arena like in the film Gladiator. She’d never even heard of Commodus the hippo slayer, nor the fact that he killed one hundred bears in an afternoon!

      Liked by 3 people

      • Amazihg. I’d never even heard of hippo’ being used before which I found incredible. Like you I love historical facts and knowing how some things came about and are still with us today. I became aware of this little gem the other day which you may or may not have been familiar with.

        In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a “shot” of whiskey🤠

        Liked by 3 people

  2. I can get some of these, even without using Conways All The World’s Fighting Ships:

    1. she got a telling off!
    2. she got a telling off as well!
    3. pretty old!
    4. either “sandal” or “small sandal” I think!
    5. 55BC!
    6. it was on the flight of the arrow that he tripped over and broke his neck when he was drunk!
    7. the military advisor holding a spade!
    8. because he was a thoroughly nasty piece of work and she said she was going to tell everyone that it was him that burnt the toast that started the fire that burned Rome to the ground while he played the fiddle!
    9. black and white, because they had not yet invented colour television!
    10. Squeacus!
    11. 79AD!
    12. several thousand!

    My knowledge of Rome and the ancient world is maybe a bit below average! 🙂

    Liked by 3 people


    I tried to add my answers at lunchtime but no sign of them so again:
    1 Vestals were buried alive
    2 She was exiled to a small island possibly Pantelleria
    3 I think he was born about 40 BC and died in 37 AD so he was 76/77.
    4 Little boot = caligae were the military hob nailed sandal
    5 Caesar in 55 BC and then again in the next year, 54 BC
    6 I think it was covered in poison but used to ticle the back of his throat when he choked on a mushroom.
    7 No idea – Marcus Antonius to Julius Caesar?
    8 Poppaea was kicked in her very pregnant belly by Nero in a towering rage.
    9 The reds, whites, greens and blues though by Justinian’s days it was just the latter two teams.
    10 No idea
    11 79 AD in the reign of Titus
    12 Crikey i think Hippo’s were take some killing.

    Liked by 3 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s