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.

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Great Riddle Writers: Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe is a great poet who has written countless well-known works. But did you know he was also an avid writer of riddles. He also thought of himself as one of the greatest cipher/riddle solvers of his time. Here is one of his great riddles from one of his short stories called The Gold-bug:

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*?;8)*‡(;485);5*†2:*‡(;4956*2(5*—4)8
¶8*;4069285);)6†8)4‡‡;1(‡9;48081;8:8‡
1;48†85;4)485†528806*81(‡9;48;(88;4
(‡?34;48)4‡;161;:188;‡?;

This riddle is a cryptogram and can be decrypted using a substitution cipher using letter frequencies. When decrypted this reads:

A good glass in the bishop’s hostel in the devil’s seat
twenty-one degrees and thirteen minutes northeast and by north
main branch seventh limb east side shoot from the left eye of the death’s-head
a bee line from the tree through the shot fifty feet out.

For more riddles from Poe visit Riddles of Edgar Allan Poe

For more on Poe visit his Wikipedia page.

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