My eight-year-old recently told me that she wanted to read The Hunger Games. I told her no because, you know, she's EIGHT. Post-apocalyptic, dystopian fiction is hardly appropriate for a third-grader. But then I thought, A-ha! We can use this as a teaching tool! So we struck a deal.
Before she can read The Hunger Games Trilogy, she needs to finish The Underland Chronicles (also by Suzanne Collins), a book about the Roman Gladiators (she picked The Gladiators from Capua, by Caroline Lawrence), and a piece either by or about Seneca, Caesar, or Claudius.
She picked Seneca. So we researched him.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, commonly known as Seneca the Younger, was a humorist, dramatist, philosopher, and all-around literary bad-ass. He was forced to commit suicide (hmm, sound familiar? See: Crane, Seneca) for alleged complicity in a plot to assassinate Nero, a man whom he tutored and advised before the Crazy-Pants decided to fiddle while his empire burned.
Seneca also has some fun quotes attributed to him.
Instead of doing things like wash dishes and sweep floors, I made two fun little graphics for your Friday viewing pleasure. I will be pinning these. You may also do so.
Enjoy your fun quotes, and Happy (Good) Friday!
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