Monday, March 09, 2009

Stupidus Caesar: Historical Figures

For our unit on Julius Caesar, we're going to be looking at point of view - are Brutus and the other senators revolutionary patriots? or are they terrorists?


I'd like to give my students the opportunity to look at historical figures as well, but the only names that come to mind are those from the American and French revolutions: Jefferson, Paine, Franklin, Revere; Robespierre, Danton, Maurat, Corday...

Any other suggestions? I'd like to have enough so that each student in the class could choose someone different (up to 32 students in each class).

3 comments:

Rachel said...

Could you use all of the signers of the Declaration of Independence? (56 according to http://www.ushistory.org/Declaration/signers/index.htm) Since there are 56 and you only need 32, you could probably parse the lesser-known ones? John Paul Jones is another interesting figure (regarded as a "pirate" by the British). So, as you can see, the only ones that come to mind for me are also American revolutionaries. What about communist revolutionaries? Would they suit your purposes? If so, there's always Stalin, Lenin, & Trotsky!

Clix said...

OMG, I can't BELIEVE that I forgot the commies! Doh!

I want to have it be a fairly "balanced" group; otherwise everyone fights over the ones they know ;p We'll see... I still have almost a week, though!

Mrs. Chili said...

What about the Civil Rights activists? Daisy Bates, MLK, Malcolm X, Jesse Jackson, etc., etc.? You could look into the struggle for migrant worker rights (Caesar Chavez and Delores Huerta). How about the Apartheid era in South Africa? Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Patrick Duncan?

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