Julius Caesar

Week 12: Julius Caesar

READ:  K – 5:  This article from online: http://rome.mrdonn.org/caesar.html

Note for K – 5:  Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by many members of the Senate.

6 – 8:  Julius Caesar: The Boy Who Conquered an Empire  by Ellen Galford & VIEW excellent you tube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFAblvgTGzw



  • What are some of the positions Julius Caesar had?  (army commander, worked in the Senate, worked as a priest, eventually became dictator)
  • How did the common people feel about Julius Caesar?  (they loved him, felt that he tried to help them)
  • How did Roman soldiers under his command feel about him? (they loved him and were ready to follow him)
  • How did the Roman Senate feel about Julius Caesar? (they were worried; Rome was supposed to be a Republic where members of the Senate voted for laws; they didn’t want Caesar to have so much power.)
  • What happened to Julius Caesar after he became dictator for life? (He was murdered by many members of the Senate.)

Questions for Grades 6 – 8:

  • How old was Julius Caesar when his father died? (16)
  • Describe the different views of the Populares and the Optimates? (Populares wanted more power for common people; Optimates wanted senators to have more power.)
  • What group did Caesar side with? (Populares)
  • Why did Caesar have to hurry out of Rome? (Sulla sided with the Optimates; told Caesar he had to divorce his wife; Caesar said no.)
  • Why did Caesar bring his army to Egypt? (to capture his enemy, Pompey, and to put Egypt under Rome’s control)
  • Describe Caesar’s relationship with Cleopatra? (fathered her child; left her in charge of Egypt)
  • What did Caesar do to show he behaved as a king rather than a “dictator”? (sat on golden throne; statues of himself were put in the temples next to Roman gods.)
  • Why did Caesar feel  betrayed when he died? (Brutus, who was his friend, helped kill him, )
  • Was there a Republic again after he died? (No, Octavian, his great-nephew became emperor)


 K – 2: Take a blank piece of paper and fold it in half.  On one half draw a picture of Julius Caesar leading his army.  On the other half, draw a picture of Caesar on a throne in front of an unhappy Senate.

3 – 5: Write a paragraph describing the good and bad characteristics of Julius Caesar.

6 – 8:  Write a one-page summary of Julius Caesar’s life and death.  Be sure to discuss his many accomplishments, including how he was viewed by the army, the common people, and the Senate.


Copyright November 1st, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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