What Ancient Disaster Did You Survive in a Past Life?

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Ian Fortey

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The world is a never-ending cycle of chaos and order that can't be predicted or planned for in any way. Some people probably knew what to do during the quake that rocked Crete in 365; others had no idea how to handle the trillions of locusts that swarmed like a plague across America in 1874, eating everything in sight. From meteor strikes to dust veils to volcanic eruptions that made summer disappear for an entire year, the people of the ancient world had a lot of rough hands dealt to them that we've been lucky enough to avoid in modern history.

For all the damage that nature can do, if there's one thing humans have proven time and again, it's that they overcome. They can survive. In the face of utter destruction, humans can regroup and rebuild. It may be a slow process, and the toll to get to that point is higher than anyone ever wanted to pay, but what else can we do? If you feel like you've been around the block before, then It's time to find out what ancient disaster you lived through during one of your past lives. Take the quiz and see!

Throughout history, civilizations rose and fell. Which civilization that once ruled supreme would you have wanted to be a part of?

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Which kind of disaster terrifies you the most?

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Do you feel like you have a strong sense of adventure?

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The Ancient Greeks were brilliant innovators. What was their most amazing discovery?

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The Egyptian pantheon had some seriously creepy gods. Which one would give you nightmares?

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Which group of historical warriors do you think was the most incredible?

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In a disaster situation, would you help strangers before you helped yourself?

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There are a number of lost cities that exist only in legend. Which one is the most fascinating to you?

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Some civilizations are defined by their leaders. Which historical leader would you have wanted to meet?

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Ancient China was all about innovation. Which of their creations is the most impressive?

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Some folks believe ancient landmarks were built by aliens. Which one do you find most interesting?

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If you could watch one pyramid as it was being built, which one would you choose?

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It never hurts to be bilingual. What dead language would you want to resurrect?

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Let's dive into a mystery. What do you think Stonehenge was built for?

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Which ancient culture had the most interesting pantheon of gods?

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Many ancient Greeks believed in reincarnation. As what animal would you come back?

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The world was a much more magical place back in the day. What magical beast would you have tried to find in the wild?

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The Colosseum was clearly an important part of Roman culture. What would your job have been there?

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The Greeks were pioneers in philosophy. What's your philosophy?

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They say Vikings first discovered North America. Do you have that same adventurous spirit?

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Which empire of the Americas do you wish they taught more about in school?

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The Paleo diet is meant to replicate an extremely old-school way of eating. Are you down?

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We're used to "normal" disasters, but history has had some crazy ones. Which of these is mind-boggling to you?

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What's a surefire way to end a civilation that doesn't involve natural disasters?

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Speaking of past lives, how many do you think you've lived?

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Which historical genius would be worth sitting down with for lunch and a chat?

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You might be surprised to learn what was invented by ancient Indians. Which of these surprises you most?

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Picture life 2000 years ago. What would you be doing for a living?

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In a battle between the Greeks and the Romans, who are you betting on?

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History has given us some incredible sculptures. Which one blows you away the most?

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