Where: Where did Julius Caesar live and conquer? Where did he fight some of his most famous battles?
Julius lived in Rome and conquered Gaul, Spain, Britain, Germany, and Egypt. Some of his famous battles were at Alesia, Pharsalus, Zela, and Munda
Where: Where did Brutus work and live?
He lived and worked in Rome.
When: When was Julius Caesar born, and when did he die? How might his death have been different if he had lived in our century?
He was born July 13, 100 BC and died on March 15, 44
If he has lived in our century, he probably would have been assassinated by a gunman on the Grassy Knoll, rather than stabbed to death by senators.
When: When was Brutus born, and when did he die? How might his death have been different if he had lived in our century?
He was born in June of 85 BC and died in October of 42 BC. If he were in our century, he wouldn’t have died at all. He died because he killed himself and statesmen of this era don’t kill themselves.
Cultural notes: What important cultural differences can you find between life today in your part of the world and life in Julius Caesar's Rome? What does it mean to be a part of a republic? Why did the public want Caesar to become king? Why did Brutus feel uncomfortable about this? What would it mean for the republic to have a king? Once you identify the differences, explain how this situation would be handled in our culture.
There were slaves and a lack of Christian morals in Julius’s life, and there isn’t in today’s day and age. A republic is a democratic government. In Rome, the republic was really oligarchy because the same 20 families ruled Rome for centuries. They wanted him to be king so their lives would be easier, which Caesar promised. Brutus’s people were one of the 20 families who had been in power, so he obviously didn’t want that situation to change. He was conflicted though because he liked Caesar. There wouldn’t be a republic any more, it would become an empire. In our culture, we would...