New Stanford Humanities Institute class examines parallels between ancient Rome and United States

Aug 29, 2017 306

BY: Alex Shashkevich

Dressed in togas made of dormitory sheets and sporting paper laurels on their heads, two high school students participating in this year’s Stanford Summer Humanities Institute (SHI) walked to the front of a lecture room, waving hands in a regal manner. “Today, we welcome Julius Caesar and Augustus,” said another student at the front of the room, initiating applause from the crowd.

In an eight-minute skit, the students reenacted a fictional segment of a Fox News program in which ancient Roman leader Julius Caesar and his adopted son, Emperor Augustus, give advice to President Donald Trump about governance.

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