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Genre - Mythology 1
In Greek myth, Pegasus was a winged horse.

Genre - Mythology 1

Since civilisation began, mankind has sought answers to questions such as these: "How did we get here? What is the Sun and why does it rise every morning? Why do we have seasons? Where do we go after death?" Before scientific experiment and reasoning, stories were told which explained the world. These grew into rituals and religions, and over time each culture developed its own variation – its own gods and heroes - its own mythology.

You can be certain that Odin was a god, but of which culture’s mythology was he a part - Celtic, Greek, Norse, Roman, Egyptian? No doubt you remember stories about mythical gods, great men and supernatural beings but how clear are you about their names and their place within the hierarchy? Is your knowledge of myth Herculean? Well, you can find out in our two quizzes on mythology, of which this is the first.

1.
Which was not a Greek god - Athena, Atlas, Mercury, Zeus?
Athena
Atlas
Mercury
Zeus
Mercury was the Roman messenger of the gods - the Greek equivalent was Hermes
2.
In Greek mythology, what did the Argonauts seek?
Golden Calf
Golden Fleece
Golden Gate
Golden Hind
Apollonius, a 3rd century BC scholar of Rhodes, preserved a full account of the task
3.
According to Homer's Iliad, which mythological character fought with the river god Scamander ?
Achilles
Hercules
Icarus
Jason
Scamander was angry because his waters were polluted by the blood of all the men Achilles had killed in battle
4.
Who was the Roman god of the Sun?
Apollo
Bacchus
Mars
Neptune
Sol was also a Roman Sun god
5.
In Greek mythology, what was the Minotaur?
Half-man, half-bull
Half-man, half-goat
Half-man, half-horse
Half-man, half-sheep
The Minotaur was slain by Theseus in Crete
6.
The Insular Brythonic group of Celtic mythology refers to which geographical area?
East Anglia
Isle Of Wight
Jersey
Wales and Cornwall
Brythonic comes from the Welsh word Brython, meaning a Briton rather than an Anglo-Saxon (English) or a Gael (Irish/Scottish)
7.
According to Norse mythology, to where do fallen warriors ascend?
Elysium
Heaven
Paradise
Valhalla
Valhalla was an enormous hall. It was ruled over by the chief god Odin
8.
In which culture was Odin a god?
Celtic
Greek
Norse
Roman
The Anglo-Saxons called Odin Woden and it is from this name that Wednesday is derived
9.
According to Greek mythology, what sort of wonder animal was Pegasus?
Cat
Dog
Horse
Wolf
Pegasus was a winged horse
10.
Which is not a Roman goddess - Diana, Flora, Minerva, Persephone?
Diana
Flora
Minerva
Persephone
Persephone was the Greek goddess of vegetation and is identified with the Roman goddess Proserpina

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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