Euclid, Archimedes & Ptolemy: Alexandrian Hellenistic Philosophers

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Why was Alexandria the perfect place for the creation of a library?

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1. How did Archimedes find his most important discovery?

2. Ptolemy's model of the universe was based upon the idea that _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Situated along the Nile River, Alexandria was home to some of the greatest philosophers in history. Their contributions to mathematics, anatomy, astronomy, and engineering were light years ahead of their time, and these discoveries are still relevant today. This quiz and worksheet combination will test your understanding of the contributions made by several of these prominent philosophers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment will test your knowledge of the following:

  • Philosophers' fields of expertise
  • Definition of key terms
  • Archimedes' inventions
  • Ptolemy's model of the universe

Skills Practiced

Students will gain practice in the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Alexandrian Hellenistic philosophers
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding the concept of a heliocentric universe
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the area of study in which Euclid is most famous

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, view the accompanying lesson called Euclid, Archimedes & Ptolemy: Alexandrian Hellenistic Philosophers. The lesson contains the following objectives:

  • Explore reasons Alexandria's location contributed to the formation of the largest library in the world
  • Explain how, while bathing, Archimedes discovered a way to measure the volume of irregular solids
  • Discuss why Ptolemy's model of the universe, while incorrect, led to significant discoveries about planetary positions
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