Quiz Bowl Resources
Current Events - Check out events that have occurred in the recent months in the country and the world
Social Studies - Play the map games for each continent or the continent(s) assigned to you
Fine Arts - Research each artist and 2-3 of their most famous art
Art - Phidias, Polykleitos, Praxiteles, Myron, Statue/Temple of Zeus at Olympia, Colossus of Rhodes, Altamira Cave, Lascaux Cave, Venus of Wilendorf, Stonehenge, Easter Island Moai, Standard of Ur, Seated gudea, Warka Vase, Ishtar Gate, Persepolis, Stele of Naram-Sin,Ashurbanipal Hunting Lions, Palette of Narmer, Palace of Knossos, Bull Leaping Fresco, Octopus Vase, Snake Goddess, Chimera, Arringatore, Necropolii at Cerveteri, Olmec Mask, Olmec Head, Early Christian symbols: orante, fish, anchor, Good Shepherd, the Chi Rho,dove, alpha and omega; Egypt: uraeus, obelisk, cartouche, scarab, Sphinx, Mycerinus and his Queen, canopic jars, ankh, sarcophagus, bust of Nefertiti, Deathmask of Tutankhamen; Greece and Rome:Venus de Milo, Capitoline Wolf, Winged Victory of Samothrace, Augustus of Primaporta, Trajan's Column, Code of Hammurabi, Rosetta Stone, Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
Art Terms - friezes, korous/kore, cryselephantine, contrapposto, red figure/black figure pottery, kraters, fresco, sarcophagus, lamassu, entasis, caryatid, pediment, amphitheater, archaic smile, oculus, basilica (Roman origins)
Music - Greek choruses, lyres, and Pan pipes/syrinxes, harp, kithara, lithophones, aulos music, bullroarer, hymn to Nikkal, Tutankhamun’s Trumpets, Jiahu Flutes, Isturitz Flutes, Hohle Fels Flute, Divje Babe Flute, Geisenklosterle Flutes, Seikilos Epitaph, bronze chimes from Marquis Yi of Zeng’s tomb, cithara, huehuetl, teponaztli
Literature – Sophoclese, Euripides, Aeschylus, Aristophanes, Illiad, Odyssey, Mahabarata, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, Epic of Gilgamesh, Aeneid, The Art of War, Analects, Metamorphoses, Aesop's fables, Records of the Grand Historian, Tao Te Ching, The History of the Peloponnesian War, The Histories of Herodotus, Commentaries on the Gallic Wars, The City of God, Confessions, Parallel Lives, Josephus's Histories, the Vedas, Egyptian Book of the Dead, Horace, Plutarch, Sappho, Old and New Testaments of the Bible, Koran (Quran), Thespis, Terence, Herodotus, Thucydides, Pindar, Ovid, Fuxi
Mythological monsters - chimera, minotaur, centaur, Charybdis, Scylla, Gorgons (Medusa), Cyclopes, Sirens
Major Norse gods - Odin, Frigg, Thor, Loki, Tyr, Baldr, Heimdallr, Freya, Asgard, Bifrost, Midgard, Valhalla, Vanir, Aesir, Jormungand, Yggdrasil, Valkyries, Ragnarök, Hod (Hoder), Niflheim (Hel), Norse creation myth, Fenrir
Major Hindu gods - Brahma, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Vishnu, Shiva, Durga, Harihara and Ardhanarishvara.
Major Greek gods – Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Athena, Apollo/Apollon, Artemis, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Hermes
Greek Heroes - Heseus, Perseus, Heracles (Hercules) and his Twelve Labors, Achilles
Major Roman Gods – Jupiter, Juno, Neptune, Ceres, Minerva, Apollo, Diana, Mars, Venus, Vulcan, Mercury
Major Egyptian Gods - Amun-Ra, Mut, Osiris, Anubis, Ra, Horus, Thoth, Hathor, Geb and Nut, Set(Seth), Isis, Story of Osiris’ resurrection, Feather of Ma’at (Truth)
Latin American gods - Tlaloc, Chaac, Dzahui, Cocijo, Quetzalcoati, Kukulkan, Q’uq’umatz, Tzcatipoca, God K, Huitzilopochtli
Dance - Maenads, pantomime, Choros
Architecture – Doric Column, Ionian Column, Corinthian Column, Parthenon, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, catacombs, ziggurat, Ziggurat of Ur, Step Pyramid of King Djoser, Kom El Shoqafa, The Colosseum, Abu Simbel, Parthenon, Acropolis, Elgin Marbles, Pantheon
Philosophy & Religion – Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Diogenes, Zeno of Citium, and Zeno of Elea, Stoicism, Cynicism, Epicureanism, Skepticism, Pythagoras, Democritus, Heraclitus
Earliest origins of religions - Judaism, Minoan religion, Ancient Egyptian religion, Vedic Brahmanism--Hinduism, Mayan Olmec Religion, Celtic Polytheism, Roman Religion, German-Nordic Polytheism, Zoroastrianism, Jainism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, Christianity, Manichaeism, Islam
Common Latin Phrases
Ad astra per aspera (or "per aspera ad astra") -- "to the stars through adversity" -- The state motto of Kansas. It was used on memorials for the Apollo 1 astronauts killed in 1967, and is mentioned in To Kill a Mockingbird and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
Labor omnia vincit -- "work conquers all" -- The state motto of Oklahoma. It is taken from Book 1 of Vergil's Georgics.
Quid pro quo -- “something for something” -- An agreement in which one thing is exchanged for another. It may involve money (that's why "quid" is slang for the British pound) but more often refers to services or influence.
Pro bono -- "for good" -- Work done by a professional (usually a lawyer) for free in the public interest.
Ad nauseam -- "to sickness" -- To the point of unbearability. Compare to "ad infinitum," "to infinity."
Pax Romana -- "Roman peace" -- The historical period when Rome was at the peak of its power, beginning with the rule of Caesar Augustus (27 BC) and ending with with the death of Marcus Aurelius (180 AD).
Memento mori -- "remember you will die" -- A reminder of human mortality, often in the form of a skull, and often incorporated into a larger work of art. Hans Holbein's painting The Ambassadors has a famous example.
Sine qua non -- "without which, nothing" -- A legal term regarding "but-for causation." If a certain factor had been absent, the result would not have occurred. If the sidewalk had not been icy, I would not have fallen.
De facto -- "in fact" -- A practice or custom that exists but is not part of the normal legal structure, such as a war that has not been formally declared. English is the de facto national language of the United States but the country actually has no official language.
In medias res -- "in the middle of things" -- A literary term for beginning a story in the middle of the plot. The phrase comes from Horace's Ars Poetica. Hamlet and The Odyssey are famous examples.