To gain a sense of the historical context of this story and relate it to other events that occurred before, during and after Julian's time, have students create and illustrate a timeline of the era in which Julian lives (circa 350AD). Go online to research some of the significant events, famous people, important battles, religious and cultural trends, etc. that occur within the span of a few hundred years before and after Julian is Emperor of Rome. Post the timeline in the classroom and refer to it during discussions of events in Roman, Greek and European history.
Hellenism or worship or the Greek deities, becomes a driving force for Julian during his lifetime. He believes that he is protected by the sun god. To gain a better understanding about Hellenism and its meaning to the people who practice it, have students select a god, goddess...
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