Julius Caesar was a pivotal figure in Ancient Roman and World History. Use the webquests in this lesson to introduce your class to one of the most ambitious and powerful men in history.
- Lesson Focus: Julius Caesar WebQuest
- Grade Level: 9-12
- Prior knowledge: none
- Materials Needed: Internet Access.
- Time Needed: One to two class periods.
- Educational Standards Met:
- NCSS Thematic Standard: II, Time, Continuity, and Change.
- NCSS Thematic Standard: X, Civics, Ideals and Practices.
WebQuest Outline: (Task, Process, Outline)
Find out about Julius Caesar the man, soldier, and politician through this Julius Caesar WebQuest by answering the questions below.
Use the links provided and find one of your own. The website you select must be reliable and trustworthy. In order to judge the site’s authenticity, use your Media Literacy Skills to find out the following:
- Who is responsible for the content on the site? Use the About Us section or the Home Page to find this information.
- Is it run by a university, civic organization, individual, or business?
- Why do you think the information on this site is reliable?
I. Questions on Julius Caesar
Credit will be given for accuracy, good spelling and grammar. Answer in complete sentences.
II. Media Literacy
Full credit will be given for thorough, comprehensive answers. You must be able to support your opinion on the site's reliability with details and facts.
Questions on Julius Caesar: The man, politician, and soldier
- When and where was Julius Caesar born?
- What segment of Roman society was he born to?
- How did he use his early life in his political career?
- Describe his family’s history.
- What type of education did he most likely receive?
What was his alleged connection to Aeneas?
- Why would he consider this lineage advantageous?
- It is believed Caesar suffered from what disease?
- Who was Gaius Marius?
- What impact did Marius have on Julius Caesar’s life?
- Do you think Caesar’s reaction to the statue of Alexander the Great revealed anything about his personality and ambition? Explain your answer.
How did Sulla’s comment on Caesar prove to be prophetic? ("Take him then, my masters, since you must have it so; but know this, that he whose life you so much desire will one day be the overthrow of the part of nobles, whose cause you have sustained with me; for in this one Caesar, you will find many a Marius." (http://www.unrv.com/fall-republic/julius-caesar.php))
- How did Caesar use his lineage, especially the link to Aeneas, to his advantage?
- How did the corona civica prove to be advantageous to Caesar in his political career?
- Which brief career of Julius Caesar’s helped to hone valuable abilities he later used in Roman politics?
- What were these skills?
- How did Caesar’s friendship and alliance with Crassus help his political ambitions?
- What were the political advantages of Caesar’s second marriage?
- What award did Caesar receive for his actions at Miletus?
- What law did Caesar break when he raised a small army to help defend Roman Asia?
- In your opinion, what does this act tell you about his character? Was he selflessly serving Rome, or did he have an eye to his own future?
- How did the outcome of the Roman civil war, Pompey’s forces versus Caesar’s, change the history of the Roman Republic?
Explain how the conspirators justified Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC.
Assigned Internet pages
Republic to Empire: The History of Ancient Rome