The Greeks and Their Riddles

Ancient Greece was a civilization that lasted from around 700 BC to about 600 AD. It spread across Europe and beyond to become one of the most powerful civilizations to ever exist. This civilization was home to many of the greatest men of history including Homer, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. A less known fact about these great men of academia is that they loved riddles. Here is a riddle in Homer’s life:

We have what we did not find; what we did find we left behind.

The answer to this riddle is lice. Homer supposedly journeyed to an island called Ios and was posed this riddle by some boys who were just fishing. He then dies while pondering the answer.

For more riddles from Homer and other great Greeks visit Riddles of the Greeks.

For some riddles of your own visit Good Riddles Now’s hard riddle section.


Riddles and Homer

Most people who go through the American schooling system are somewhat familiar with Homer, the Greek poet. He, like most learned people of his time, loved riddles. In fact, it may have been a riddle that killed him. Homer went to an oracle who told him when he went to Ios he would encounter some boys who would tell him a riddle, marking his death. Some say he tripped and died while trying to solve this riddle:

We have what we did not find; what we did find we left behind.

Some boys who were fishing posed this riddle to him, but the true answer to the riddle is lice. Another famous riddle associated with him is the riddle of the Sphinx, a riddle posed to a character in Homer’s epic the Odyssey:

What is that which in the morning goeth upon four feet; upon two feet in the afternoon; and in the Evening upon three?”

The answer to this common riddle is man.

For more information about Homer and his riddles visit Riddles of Homer.

For some more great riddles visit Good Riddles Now’s good riddles section.

Riddles from Socrates

The father of philosophy, Socrates, was also a man of riddles. The most popular one comes from the Oracle of Delphi. The Oracle is asked by a man:

Is anyone wiser than Socrates?

The Oracle answers simply with “no!” This becomes a riddle for Socrates and he must find out why this Oracle said he is the wisest person since he knows that he is not. Eventually he comes to the conclusion that his wisdom comes from the fact that he can admit that he does not always know the answer, unlike other wise men.

For more about Socrates and his riddles visit Riddle of Socrates.

For a few great riddles of your own visit Good Riddles Now’s hard riddles section.

A Moon That Isn’t Seen Isn’t There

Even Albert Einstein couldn’t wrap his head around some philosophical concepts. He asked one of his peers approximately the following:

Do you really believe that the moon does not exist if nobody is looking at it?

This is a very interesting riddle because it lends itself to be inspected as a question of philosophy and science. If something can not be perceived, does it exist? 

For a complete answer to this riddle visit the Wikipedia page.

For some more great riddles visit Good Riddles Now.