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heraldry/evidence

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marcia m eaton (marciameaton)
Mon, 19 Apr 1999 03:40:16 -0400


It strikes me that the heraldry units relate well to the discussion Ron and
I are having about ways in which Trajan's Forum's offers evidences about
the lives and values of Ancient Rome. Heraldry is also an excellent source
of evidence about the values both of the individual families but also about
what their cultures valued. For example, a lion, a symbol of strength and
bravery, shows that these traits were valued both by the wearer and the
observer. A good assignment is to ask students to "break the code" and
describe what it says about the lives and times. Also they should be
invited to design their own coats of arms, using, perhaps, evidence they
can discover about what their family names mean or the occupations of their
parents, etc. I think there is a company in England that will design coats
of arms for people who have no idea about their genealogies, but want to
show where they live, what they do, their hobbies, etc. Maybe students
could design coats of arms for each other, and for their teachers! Too
risky? Best, Marcia