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Question 1: ________ terms for swords include:
Doric GreekAeolic GreekAttic GreekAncient Greek

Question 2: The Chinese Dao (刀 pinyin dāo) is single-edged, sometimes translated as sabre or broadsword, and the ________ (劍 pinyin jiàn) double edged.
Chinese swordsQiang (spear)Guan daoJian

Question 3: The late ________ introduced the longer spatha (the term for its wielder, spatharius, became a court rank in Constantinople).
Roman RepublicWestern Roman EmpireByzantine EmpireRoman Empire

Question 4: These swords eventually evolved into, among others, the Roman ________ and spatha, and the Greek xiphos and the Germanic sword of the Roman Iron Age, which evolves into the Viking sword in the 8th century.
GladiusRoman NavyRoman military personal equipmentAncient Rome

Question 5: The Proto-Celtic ________ (8th century BC) figured among the early users of iron swords.
Hallstatt cultureLa Tène cultureCeltsGaul

Question 6: The Greek xiphos and the Roman ________ are typical examples of the type, measuring some 60 to 70 cm.
Ancient RomeGladiusRoman NavyRoman military personal equipment

Question 7: In ________ and the Parthian and Sassanid Empires in Iran, iron swords were common.
Greco-Roman worldClassical antiquityRoman EmpireClassics

Question 8: spathē σπάθη: the term for a sword blade, which was loaned into Latin as ________
GladiusRoman military personal equipmentByzantine EmpireSpatha

Question 9: Eventually smiths learned that by adding an amount of ________ (added during smelting in the form of charcoal) in the iron, they could produce an improved alloy (now known as steel).

Question 10: aor ἄορ (________, poetic)
Attic GreekAncient Greek dialectsHomeric GreekAncient Greek


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