Tell Us About Your Athletic Skills and We'll Tell You Which Ancient Hero You'd Be!

HISTORY

33 PLAYS

By: Zoe Samuel

5 Min Quiz

Image: Shutterstock

About This Quiz

The "media" of the ancient world was the medium of oral tradition. Stories, passed from city to city by travelers, evolved into myths, and the great tales became legends. Poetic license was used liberally to emphasize certain aspects of the stories' themes, or the heroes' strengths and foibles. Of course, bards would no doubt exaggerate the physical feats of their heroes to make audiences happy.

Taken as archetypes, heroes are a combination of opposites. Well-formed mythic heroes possess a signature strength or skill, which they use to accomplish their heroic acts. Heroes will likewise possess foibles that mark them as human, or at least as imperfect. It is the tension between these two details that make heroes compelling. As a result, every hero and their adventures are inseparable because the experience is what lays bare the hero's weaknesses, and showcases their strengths.

When you play baseball, do you possess the keen eye of an ancient hero, or do your strengths lie more in strategy and patience, as with fencing or football? Do you display leadership qualities on the field that inspire your team to victory or do you decide to sacrifice your glory for the glory of a team victory? Tell us about your athletic skills, and we'll tell you which ancient hero you would be!

Which of these common sports do you like best?

Advertisement

When you're victorious, how do you behave?

Advertisement

What is your preferred position in baseball?

Advertisement

How committed to your sport are you?

Advertisement

How physically sensitive are you?

Advertisement

How skilled are you with bat and ball?

Advertisement

How are you at catching a small ball, like a baseball or a handball?

Advertisement

How accurate are you at throwing things?

Advertisement

How hard can you throw things?

Advertisement

Are you a good team sport player?

Advertisement

How are you in singles competition?

Advertisement

Are you a fast swimmer?

Advertisement

Can you swim long distances?

Advertisement

Are you a good shot with a gun or arrow?

Advertisement

Can you shoot game when you must?

Advertisement

Can you think when you cannot see?

Advertisement

Can you throw out the plan and come up with a new one in the moment?

Advertisement

How good is your subterfuge?

Advertisement

What is your preferred position in soccer?

Advertisement

Are you willing to put in the hours at the gym?

Advertisement

How much does your fitness regimen involve lifting weights?

Advertisement

How much does your fitness regimen involve aerobics?

Advertisement

Do you meditate after a workout?

Advertisement

Can you inspire your team, on the field?

Advertisement

When dealt a defeat, can you regroup?

Advertisement

How do you behave when you lose a game?

Advertisement

Which of these uncommon sports most appeals to you?

Advertisement

Are you a crowd favorite?

Advertisement

What is your preferred position in American football?

Advertisement

When you retire from your sport, what will you do?

Advertisement

Explore More Quizzes

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!