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

 

DISCUSS: 

  • 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)

ACTIVITIES: 

 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.

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Copyright November 1st, 2013 by Gwen Fredette

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