The Ancient Romans created many different types of coins. Research images of Roman coins of the period. Create a collage showing the various coins, especially those that depict characters from this novel.
Time and Place
The events in I, Claudius took place during a specific time period. What else was happening at that time? Create a time line, showing important events in Rome and other parts of the Mediterranean during the years between Claudius's birth and his ascension to the throne.
The Ancient Romans held a yearly festival called the Saturnalia, in which masters were bossed about by their slaves, men wore dresses and women dressed as men--so that all the social hierarchy was turned upside down. Hold a Saturnalia in your classroom, and encourage your classmates to become their opposites for an hour.
Claudius mentions how important omens, auguries...
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