Mythology Trivia Quiz

Name the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne---the nine Muses of Greek mythology?
A: Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpischore, Thalia, and Urania.

What mythological beast has the head of a man, the body of a lion, and the tail and feet of a dragon?
A: A manticore.

The diet of what mythical monster periodically included seven youths and seven maidens?
A: The Minotaur's.

In Greek mythology, who was the goddess of the rainbow?
A: Iris.

In ancient Athens, what tree was considered sacred -- with all its fruit belonging to the state, and death the penalty for anyone caught cutting one down?
A: The olive tree.

What legendary fire-breathing female monster had a lion's head, a goat's body and a dragon's tail?
A: The Chimera.

What famous structure in Greek mythology was built by a man named Epeius?
A: The Trojan Horse.  According to the legend, Epeius was a skilled woodworker commissioned by Odysseus to build the huge gift horse.

According to legend, who fired the arrow that hit Achilles in the heel, his only vulnerable spot?
A: Paris.

What mythological god was portrayed as the Colossus of Rhodes, the more than 100-foot-high sculpture that was one of the Seven Wonders of the World?
A: Helios, the sun god. The statue was destroyed by an earthquake in 224.

In Greek mythology, who were Arges, Brontes and Steropes?
A: Cyclopes.

In Greek mythology, who was the queen of the underworld and wife of Hades?
A: Persephone.

Who was the ancient Greek god of dreams?
A: Morpheus. (Hypnus was the god of sleep.)

What bird was credited with saving Rome from attack y the Gauls in 390B.C.?
A: The goose.  According to legend, the honking of geese alerted the Romans to a night raid by the Gauls.

According to classical mythology, who was the first mortal woman?
A: Pandora.

Janus--the ancient Roman god of good beginnings for whom January is named-- is pictured on early coins with two faces looking in opposite directions.  What did the faces represent?
A: The future and the past.

What is the name of the imaginary city built in the air in The Birds, the comedy written by the Greek playwright Aristophanes in 414B.C.?
A: Cloud-Cuckoo-Land-- or Nephelococcygia in Greek.

In Greek mythology, what were the names of  Oedipus's parents?
A: Laius, King of Thebes, and his queen, Jocasta.

According to legend, what is the color of the horn in the middle of the unicorn's forehead?
A: White at the base, black in the middle and red at the tip.

According to Norse legend, what animals pulled Thor's chariot across the sky?
A: Two goats.  Thor was the god of thunder.

According to legend, what Hindu god died as Achilles did---from an arrow shot into his heel?
A: Krishna.  He was shot by a hunter who mistook him for a deer. His heel was his only vulnerable spot.

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