What Dead Language Did You Speak in a Past Life?

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Emily Maggrett

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If you had to guess, which of these jobs do you think you held in a past life?

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Which modern inventions do you consider to be a waste of time?

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Hey, it's Halloween! What are you going as?

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Are you a city person, a town person or a country person?

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Flash back to the elementary school PE class. Which activities were you particularly good at?

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Do you like cooking food from scratch?

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Be honest: Do you ever wish you had servants?

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You entered a raffle and won free plane tickets to the destination of your choice. Where are you going?

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On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you care about architecture?

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If you were dropped off in a city on another continent with only $20 and a compass, do you think you could survive?

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How many books are you currently reading on Goodreads, and what are they about?

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Do you enjoy camping?

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Which languages do you speak currently?

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Has anyone ever called you "mysterious"?

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Your doctor wants you to go on an "ancient foods" diet. Which one of these ancient diets sounds the most appealing?

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What's your favorite historical TV show?

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Let's say one of your siblings is getting married. What role are YOU playing in the wedding?

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What's your typical weekday outfit?

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Imagine that you come from an ancient royal family with its own crest. What kind of animal do you think would be on it?

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What's your coolest "old-timey" skill?

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In your opinion, what's Shakespeare's best play?

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Think back to a low point in your life. What was your worst quality back then?

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A cutie invites you on a date to an antique store. How long do you two spending browsing?

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If you could take a time machine back to a bygone era, which one would you visit?

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Not to be negative, but which historical movie do you consider totally overrated?

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Imagine you've just been transported into your favorite fantasy story. Are you a magician, a warrior, a wise elder or a king?

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When you do something brave, what kind of theme music do you hear playing?

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At the end of the day, would you rather ride a horse, walk, drive or use a personal jetpack?

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In your opinion, which one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world is the most inspiring?

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Would you rather be a famous ancient scholar, a wealthy Mesopotamian merchant, a well-born Indian noble or an ordinary modern person with access to Flamin' Hot Cheetos?

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About This Quiz

Who were you in a past life? Your present-day life may offer you some hints. For instance, are there any cultures that you feel a mysterious kinship to? Have you ever experienced a flash of déjà vu while reading about a historic event, such as the sinking of the Titanic or the destruction of Pompeii? Or are you strangely good at an outdated skill, such as hunting or foraging for mushrooms?

In this quiz, you're going to discover the truth about one of your past lives ... including learning about the now-extinct language you used to speak! Such languages, which are also known as "dead languages," include Latin, Sumerian, Olmec, Powhatan, Latin, Pictish and many others. Even in the 21st century, languages are going extinct every year in cultures all over the world. 

However, our focus today is on ancient dead languages (and the people who spoke them). So, are you ready to find out who you used to be — and what you used to sound like? Do you want to know whether you wrote with hieroglyphics, an Aramaic alphabet, Chinese characters or Norse runes? If you're eager to learn the truth about your past, say yes to your curiosity and take this quiz! 


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