AncGreekLands_IntroAncient Greek Lands through Coins.... marvel at the beauty and diversity of these ancient coins.... and by doing this contest, learn about the spread of Ancient Greek civilisation. PLEASE CLICK ON THE IMAGES.
Ancient Greek Lands through Coins.... marvel at the beauty and diversity of these ancient coins.... and by doing this contest, learn about the spread of Ancient Greek civilisation. Click on the images to see the questions.
1. a) Name the region which is traditionally known to have produced the first generally circulated coins?.
b) What is the name of the early coin you see here?
2. a) Where is the traditional home of the Greek Gods?
b) Who was the chief male Greek God?
3. The Ancient Greek world covered areas no longer thought of as “Greek” - give the names for the original Greek City/states located in what is now the area of :
4. Thinking about the ancient Minoans....and this Fresco from 1900-1500 BCE...
a) Did they have coins Y / N ?
b) Name 1 famous Minoan Palace site
c) Name another
In Minoan Crete there was a famous Labyrinth
a) Who was reputed to live in it..?
b) Who designed it...?
a) Where is the famous ancient Lion Gate ( as shown)
b) The generic name of the period during which that culture flourished is called the .?........ Age
c) A rich and powerful civilization flourished there at that time - what time BCE was it ...?
a) There is a saying “ as rich as ......?” ( see ancient Amphora)
b) Where did this ruler live ?
c) At what period...... ?
a) If you wanted to see the ruins of Troy, which country would you visit today?
b) This picture shows the wife of the famous German who “ discovered” Troy, what was his name?
a) Which Greek famous ancient author told the story of the Trojan Wars?
(shown is a coin from one city which claims to be his birthplace)
b) What was the name of his first story about the Trojan War ?
c) And the name of his second?
d) Who was the woman whose beauty supposedly caused the Trojan War?
a) The Athenians were later enemies of another much greater power to the East, with whom there were various wars.....who were they ?
b) This enemy tried to conquer them in 490 BCE but the Athenians won the battle of .......?
c) What was the name of the invading enemy’s King .....?
d) Who was the Greek general who led the Athenians........ ?
a) What was the name of the next king of this huge Eastern power.........?
b) He attacked the Athenians again with a huge force, but this time they had the help of another great Greek power called the ..........?
c) A rearguard of these allies of Athens very bravely held up the Eastern enemies at a pass in a battle called ..........
d) What was the name of this Greek ally’s King in the above battle ............? ( shown in a monument at the site)
e) This sacrifice gained the Athenians valuable time, and they won again at the battle of ......?
There were Greek settlements all around the Black Sea....
a) what was the ancient name of the Black Sea..?
b) In which modern country would you find the old Greek settlement of Tomis?
c) And in which country, the ancient city of Pantikapaion?
Some ancient coin forms were very unusual –
a)where around the Black Sea, do you think that this currency (see image) comes from ....?
b) What does it represent..?
The old but fairly common Greek coin shown here comes from Thrace – an area then famous for its wine and horses.
a) Name the city ........?
b) Which Greek God is associated with Wine...?
c) In what century was this coin minted?
Interestingly enough for us, many Greek city/states’ coinage was easily identified by their use of animals ( real or mythological)..
Which animal is largely used on the coins from :
a) This marvellous “ lion-faced” coin was minted by Greeks who then lived in what is now Southern Italy........ give the name of the city/region from which this coin comes.......?
b) What is the generic name given to the Greek speaking colonies in that region at the time.... ( 2 words) ....?
a) This famous and beautiful coin was minted in a Greek city in Sicily.... what was the name of this city ...?
b) From which original part of Greece did the colonists come to this place in Sicily about 700 BCE.... ?
In the Peloponnese:
a) which city was known for showing a dove on its coinage?
b) which city was producing coinage celebrating the Olympic Games?
c) Name the major traditional enemy who fought against Athens in the Peloponnesian Wars ......?
d) during what century/time period ?
When people talk of the “Golden Age of Athens” , they refer to a certain famous ruler, a) who was he ....
b) what famous building ( still standing) did he build?
a) This musical instrument is often shown on the reverse of Greek coins featuring which deity....... ?
b) What is the instrument?
The Greek language and writing was originally derived in great part from the language of which culture in the Eastern Mediterranean.......? ( shown above are first 4 letters of this earlier alphabet)
When a Greek coin, such as shown here, carries the inscription AMISOY,
a) What region does it come from ........?
b) A famous king from that area fought later continuously against the Romans – who was he .......?
This coin shows the head of a Goddess who is roughly equivalent to the Roman Goddess, Fortuna, but who comes from the Asia Minor area...
a) what is her name ....... ( 5 letters)
b) she wears a special headdress which is called ............?
a) For what is the ancient Greek city of Ephesos famous = the temple of ...........?
b) in what region is Ephesos ....... ?
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Of course we cannot leave him out !
Everyone knows about the famous Greek general Alexander the Great....
a) what was the name of his father ?
b) what kingdom did his father rule?
c) what was the name of its capital city?
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Alexander spent more time and lives conquering the area which became this Hellenistic Kingdom than he spent in all of his other conquests combined. This became the longest-lived of the Hellenistic Kingdoms, lasting into the time of Christ.
What was its name ...?
Alexander gave his name to many cities – there are many called “Alexandria”:
a) what was the full name of the one which was furthest east ( two words) ...?
b) up until the 1950s, there was a large Greek community in another city called Alexandria, but they were expelled then by Colonel Nasser – in which country was that particular Alexandria ... ?
After his death, Alexander’s generals divided up his Empire.... which general ruled in
b) Syria.....? ( shown is one of his coins)
c) one of Alexander’s successor generals was known as “ the One Eyed” - what was his full name...?
d) These generals and companions of Alexander, who later inherited the lands he had conquered, are known by the generic name of the ..... ( one word) ?
e) From which Dynasty was Cleopatra descended....?
The marvellous wrestlers shown on this coin come from Thrace, which City minted the coin?
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The type of shield shown on this coin was used by the Boeotians, what was their famous, major city ?
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A Greek island often uses a depiction of a Rose on its coinage, which island?
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Archaeologists in Greece found an amazing golden Mask...
a) which is called ‘The Mask of ......”?
b) it is among the treasures of the ancient ............... ? culture