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The Death of Caesar

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Caesar did two bad things that made the Senate angry with him: he said that he had to be called king and that his nephew Octavian would be king after him. Then the Senate got angry with him and decided to murder him. They stabbed him. His last words were, “Et tu, Brute.” You too, Brutus.

Et tu Brute

14 September 2012

Caesar and Cleopatra

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Caesar went to Egypt so he could defeat Pompey. Cleopatra and her brother decided to cut off Pompey’s head and give it to him, so that Caesar would be friends with them. Then Cleopatra offered Caesar some of her jewels if he would defeat her brother. So Caesar fought Cleopatra’s brother and his army, and he won. Caesar didn’t leave Egypt because he really liked Cleopatra. The Senate decided to come down to Egypt and defeat Caesar, but Julius defeated them instead.

7 September 2012

Caesar Crosses the Rubicon

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The Rubicon was the border of Rome. It was a river. Caesar went home to Rome after fighting the Celts because of a note he got that said he would be arrested when he got home to Rome. But Caesar hesitated to cross the Rubicon because if he crossed the Rubicon, Rome’s army would arrest him. He decided to fight against Rome. As soon as he crossed the Rubicon all the Roman warriors fled, even Pompey.

Crossing the Rubicon
Caesar, played by Patty the Dog, prepares to cross the Rubicon.

31 August 2012

Caesar Fights the Celts

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Julius Caesar decided that if he would be king, he would have to fight more battles. But Caesar was bad for a little bit because if he lost a battle he would send a note back to Rome saying that there was victory in his sword. And then Caesar went to Britain to try and conquer the Celts. But when he saw them, it was really astonishing, for the Celt soldiers were naked. They also had tall helmets and they had painted their bodies blue, thinking it would protect them from swords and arrows.

Caesar and the Celts
Caesar, played by Emma Bear, confronts the Celts. Notice that the Celts are all blue.

28 August 2012
SOTW, Chapter 25

Brave Cloelia

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Sam loved, loved, loved reading Brave Cloelia by Jane Louise Curry. It’s an adaptation of a story from Livy’s History of Early Rome.

Caesar and the Senate

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Caesar wanted to become king of Rome, but the Senate blocked his way. The Senate was a group of men who looked over the consuls and told them what to do.

23 August 2012

We also started reading The Life and World of Julius Caesar by Struan Reid.

The Rise of Julius Caesar

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Caesar Is Kidnapped

One day a rich couple gave birth to a baby boy. Now this boy wasn’t any boy. He was Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar’s father claimed to be a relative of Romulus, who built Rome. Julius Caesar’s father sent him to school where he learned writing, reading, mathematics and rhetoric: talking to people in public. Julius was very good at rhetoric. But he also wanted to work in the government of Rome. Then he heard of a great rhetoric teacher who lived across the Mediterranean. But when Julius tried to cross the Mediterranean, he was kidnapped by pirates! When the government finally paid to get him back, Caesar had a plan. He asked the government of Rome to lend him three warships and a bunch of soldiers. Then he went back to the Mediterranean and killed all the pirates.

SOTW, Chapter 34
14 August 2012

National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt


bull mummy

cat mummies

15 January 2012

China’s Wise Teacher

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012


Confucius was a teacher. He hated war and offered to work in the government, but they said, “no.” So instead Confucius taught the people around him and soon lots of Chinese people were his followers.

SOTW, Chapter 33
7 June 2012

Ancient China: Books

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The Dragon Prince by Laurence Yep

Ten Suns: A Chinese Legend by Eric A. Kimmel