Funny thing. I recently finished reading Lord Acton'sLectures about the French Revolution in Epub format on my Ipod as well as finished listening to a five hour Hardcore History Podcast about the Fall of the Roman Republic. On Friday, the topics came up in class with my students.
A female student was reading a book about a family of executioners that lived in France from 1688 to 1847. I noticed the book and it got us to talking about the French Revolution.
Another student, this one male, told me his favourite movie was Cleopatra. This lead to us talking about Julius Caesar, Marc Anthony and Cleopatra. The student was keen to know about this stuff.
These little asides are what make teaching fun.