Saturday, March 24, 2007

2,000-year-old Ancient Coins for Education: Students Meet Julius Caesar on the Ides of March (FV Newswire, MO)

Place a genuine 2,000-year-old coin in the hand of a student and the centuries will vanish before your eyes. Teachers across the country will do just that on the Ides of March to bring a history lesson to life and kindle a reverence for the past that might be surprising.

Gainesville, MO (FV Newswire) - The Ides of March (15th) was a bad day for Julius Caesar. The Roman general who rose to the pinnacle of power in 44 BC discovered that being "King of the Hill" was a risky business. Indeed, the fear of kingship guided a dagger into his heart on that portentous day.

On the 2050th anniversary of his murder by a protégé, Brutus, and other supposed friends, Latin and Classics teachers across the country will use ancient coins to teach a realistic history lesson. Of course there are no photos of Julius Caesar or his assassins, but lifelike portraits do exist on ancient coins. One silver coin with the inscription EID MAR (Eidibus Martiis = Ides of March in Latin), actually commemorates the murder of Caesar as being a patriotic act. . . .

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