Politics and Society of Sparta Classics Quiz AS Level

A quiz on key historical facts about Ancient Sparta and reliability of sources in studying for OCR AS Level Classical Civilisation!

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1. Which Spartan king was described by Herodotus as "not quite right in the head"?

  • Cleomenes
  • Demaratus
  • Anaxandrides
  • Theopompus
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2. Which source wrote "Lysistrata"?

  • Diodorus
  • Aristophanes
  • Herodotus
  • Sophocles

3. Why could Xenophon be considered an unreliable source?

  • He only talks about the military and so is limited
  • He is uncritical of Sparta in most of his work and hero worships Lycurgus
  • He lived many years after the fall of Sparta
  • He lived much earlier than the time he is writing about

4. Which of these political bodies was NOT put in place during the Lycurgan reforms but came later on?

  • The Ephors
  • The assembly
  • The gerousia
  • The dual kingship

5. How many lots of land does Plutarch say Sparta was divided into during the Lycurgan reforms?

  • 9,000
  • 10,000
  • 900
  • 50,000


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