Elements of Literature Fourth Course
LE0 10-12.1
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
More About the Writer
Walk to School with Will Shakespeare
Sometimes it seems that Shakespeare lived far away and long ago. Perhaps he did, but only four thousand miles away and only four hundred years ago. Through this site you can visit the same buildings Shakespeare might have seen as he walked to school in his hometown of Stratford-on-Avon.
Crossing the Curriculum: History
Going to the Source
Shakespeare can teach us a great deal through his history plays. But if we take our information from Shakespeare, shouldn’t we know where he got his facts? Visit the Perseus Project and read some of the accounts Shakespeare read as he wrote the play. Is it the same story?
Diving Deep into the Pools of History
When Shakespeare’s Queen Elizabeth was born, Julius Caesar had been dead for nearly sixteen hundred years. Why did Shakespeare write a history play set so long before his time? Was he searching for timeless truths? Did he want to avoid offending someone, maybe his queen? Visit Hyperhistory Online to locate Caesar; then, jump ahead to find Queen Elizabeth.
What’s so Great About Caesar?
Prepare yourself. You’re about to find out what was so great about Caesar. From the third Mithridatic War to his conquest of Numidia—and the public celebrations that followed—see Caesar conquer the world, take a cruise on the Nile with Cleopatra, and make it back in time to stave off mutiny, at least temporarily.
Investigate the Romans
Enough about Caesar, take to the streets of ancient Rome and find out what life was like for Caesar’s subjects. Let the BBC help you Investigate the Romans, from their schools where flames were used as erasers to their small amphitheaters where staged fighting may have paved the way for modern-day pro wrestling.
Crossing the Curriculum: Theater
Set Design
Actors, playwrights, and directors aren’t the only creative forces in a stage production. Lighting, costume, and set designers are equally important. You don’t think so? Visit set designer Karen TenEyck and see her ideas for setting Julius Caesar on the steps of City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Check out the Portfolio to see research notes and other set designs.
Shakespeare from the Cheap Seats
What was it like to see Julius Caesar on opening night? The Globe, a theater where Shakespeare staged much of his work, burned down hundreds of years ago. Visit Shakespeare’s Globe to find out what view of the stage you might have had in 1611. Take the virtual tour to see the theater today as it has been rebuilt.
Across the Web
Reading Isn’t Enough! I Want to Be an Elizabethan.
Walk like an Elizabethan. In fact, talk, eat, and think like an Elizabethan. A Compendium of Common Knowledge will show you how. Shakespeare fans and people who participate in Renaissance festivals will find this information invaluable, and so will you.
I’ll Buy That for a Groat.
How much money is three pence, a sovereign, a groat, or a farthing? It’s hard to make sense of Elizabethan currency until you visit the Shrewsbury Renaissance Faire, where it is converted into United States dollars.
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