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1

For Lucius Cornelius Scipio Asiaticus, which name identified his stirps?

Scipio

2

What was the storage chest/strongbox for a rich family?

arca

3

What was the daily visit of a client to his patron?

salutatio

4

From what material was the toga made during the Republic?

wool

5

What was the most important grain for the Romans?

wheat

6

What was the power of the husband over his wife ?

manus

7

What did the Romans call lunch?

prandium

8

Which room was a bedroom in the domus?

cubiculum

9

What was the task of the fullones

clean clothes

10

Where would a catillus have been found?

bakery

11

Where was an unburned body placed inside a columbaria ?

sarcophagus

12

Which family's men wore only the subligaculum under their togas?

Cethegi

13

Who was the head slave on an estate?

vilicus

14

What did Cato call his after dinner party of conversation with drinking?

convivium

15

What type of meat did the Romans consider to be of the poorest quality?

goat

16

Which gens used the praenomen Mamercus ?

Aemilian

17

How many balls were used in trigon?

2

18

What was the property of a slave or child?

peculium

19

What was the favorite item of jewelry for Roman women?

pearl

20

What were the starting stalls at a circus?

carceres

21

Originally cognati within ____ degrees of consanguinity were not supposed to marry.

6

22

What did a fritillus hold?

dice

23

On which hill was the Casa Romuli located?

Palatine

24

What was the most common type of racing chariot?

quadrigae

25

Which item would a Roman NOT put in a salad?
A. lettuce B. cress C. tomato D. mallow

C. tomato

26

The power of a father over his son was terminated when the son became __.

the flamen dialis

27

When was the Saturnalia?

December

28

What were lateres cocti?

bricks

29

What was the traditional material for an engagement ring?

iron

30

How much was a man charged to enter a thermae?

1 quadrans

31

A memorial for a lost body was a/an _____.

cenotaphium

32

What was the least popular form of theatrical performance?

tragedy

33

Which officials supervised slave auctions in Rome?

aediles

34

Which was NOT used in sealing a letter?
A. cera B. linum C. signum D. spatha

D. spatha

35

Which animal was NOT sacrificed in the suovetaurilia?
A. bull B. sheep C. pig D. horse

D. horse

36

What was the preferred nationality of a rhetor?

Greek

37

Which was NOT a chariot faction?
A. russata B. atra C. veneta D. praesina

B. atra

38

Where did the dextrarum junctio take place?

wedding

39

What footwear would a laborer wear in the streets of Rome?

caligae

40

Which vehicle was used for rapid travel with little baggage?

cisium

41

Who was not an agnate of the paterfamilias?

his emancipated son

42

How many sides of a talus were counted?

4

43

In which chair would the patron sit?

solium

44

During the Republic which class was most involved in collecting taxes?

equestrian

45

What was the Roman raincoat/overcoat?

paenula

46

If PVP occurred at the start of a name on a tombstone, it meant the person had ___.

died as an infant

47

What was a calamus?

pen

48

Which atrium had more than four supporting columns?

tetrastylon

49

What toga did the dictator wear?

praetexta

50

Which was the bottom layer of a Roman road?

statumen

51

Gaius Cestius was honored by a tomb in the shape of a ___.

pyramid

52

What were the stepping stones in a street?

pondera

53

In what commodity did mangones deal?

slaves

54

Who built the first permanent theater in Rome?

Pompey

55

Which fruit was the last to be cultivated in Italy?
A. peach B. lemon C. cherry D. pear

B. lemon

56

Which was NOT worn by a 16-year old male celebrating the Liberalia?
A. tunica recta B. toga pura C. toga praetexta D. toga libera

C. toga praetexta

57

What was the Roman " hot tub"?

alveus

58

Primordia refers to to the first few days of ___.

a child's life

59

What color dye came from the murex?

crimson

60

In which room of the bath were oils rubbed into the skin?

unctorium

61

For Lucius Cornelius Scipio Asiaticus, which name identifies his gens?

Cornelius

62

Which clan provided its women with a laudatio during the Republic?

Julian

63

What were the curved upper roof tiles?

imbrices

64

Who built two wooden theaters which rotated to form an amphitheater?

Curio

65

Which was NOT used in tyrotarichus?
A. apples B. cheese C. eggs D. fish

A. apples

66

When was the Liberalia celebrated?

March

67

Who founded the first public library in Rome?

Pollio

68

What was the father's office in the domus?

tablinum

69

What was the usual color of the border around the neck of a stola?

purple

70

What was the length of a Roman hour in modern minutes on a midsummer day?

75

71

During the Republic, gravepits for the poor were located on the ___ Hill.

Esquiline

72

What type of gladiator would a Samnite most likely have fought?

Thracian

73

What were the bolts that locked an outer door?

pessuli

74

How much time did the nundinae encompass?

8 days

75

How many slaves did Horace say a gentleman must have?

10

76

For how many centuries after the founding of Rome was divorce unknown?

5

77

In what year did January become the first month of the year?

153 B. C

78

What was used as proof of hospitium?

tessera

79

What was the best kind of bread?

siligneus

80

Which emperor required widows to remarry?

Augustus

81

Adrogatio had to be approved by the ____.

comitia curiata

82

What was the original term for supper?

vesperna

83

From what wood were the most expensive tables made?

citrus

84

Who constructed the first naumachia?

Caesar

85

Which was usually served during the gustus?

eggs

86

What was the act of a father acknowledging a child as his child?

susceptio

87

Who were slaves freed before friends but not a magistrate?

Latini Iuniani

88

What was the general term for a meat market?

macellum

89

The minimum burial rite required ___ handfuls of dirt.

3

90

To what height did Augustus limit insulae in Roman feet?

60

91

What was the origin of a nomen ending in -na?

Etruscan

92

What article of clothing was a subucula?

tunic

93

What tool was used to pack down the floor in an early domus?

fistuca

94

How many circuses were in or near Rome?

6

95

What was the main ingredient of epityrum?

olives

96

What was the earliest form of plebeian marriage?

usus

97

What were horrea?

warehouses

98

Who gathered the flowers and plants for the bride's wreath?

the bride

99

What did a capsa normally contain?

scrolls

100

Who was the primus palus?

a gladiator