Lesson 1 (from Section 1)
In the year 37 A.D., Gaius, also known as Caligula, became emperor and was psychologically unstable for a few years prior to his assassination for desecrating the Temple. The objective of this lesson is to examine who Gaius was and the severity of having desecrated the Temple.
1) Independent Work: Library Research:
a) Biography: Students should find information on Gaius, also called Caligula, including his family, youth, and reign and then write a summary of the information found.
b) Time line: Students should create a time line to outline the major events of Gaius's life and rule as emperor of Rome.
2) Class Discussion: Why was Caligula considered mad? A tyrant? What legend exists about Caligula coming down with a disease? How did he lose control? Why did he want to get rid of rivals? What did he do with his sister? What did he do...
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