A Document-Based Questioning (DBQ) Lesson on the Fire in Rome, AD 64 from The Annals of Tacitus

OK, last but not least on this essentially perfect summer afternoon in southwestern Vermont,, here is a DBQ lesson on Tacitus’s account of the deadly fire that swept through Rome in 1864. Nero was emperor, and it is from this event that the expression “fiddling while Rome burns” originates. Nero was believed to have sung (“of the destruction of Troy”), not fiddled, as the city burned down around him.

This Cultural Literacy worksheet on the ancient Roman metaphor for decadence, “Bread and Circuses,” opens this lesson. For some reason, I included in this lesson’s folder this second Cultural Literacy worksheet, this one on the concept of a capital offense.

And here is the worksheet with the reading and comprehension questions that is the primary work of this lesson.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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