by Joshua J. Mark
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
The Life of Julius Caesar
- David White
The is article summarizes the biography of the Roman general Julius Caesar (100-44 BCE), including: his early life, his rise to power, his contribution to the Roman Empire, and his assassination by a group of his fellow politicians on the ides of March (March 15th), 44 B.C.Pair “Cleopatra VII” with “The Life of Julius Caesar” and ask students to compare and contrast the two contemporary rulers. Why do students think that the two felt an affinity towards one another? Could their similarities have been a part of their respective downfalls?
Ancient Egyptian Dynasties
This text details how the pharaohs of ancient Egypt overcame numerous obstacles to unify Egypt into one empire.Pair “Cleopatra VII” with “Ancient Egyptian Dynasties” and ask students to discuss Cleopatra’s legacy in the context of her predecessors. How does her rule compare to those of other notable Egyptian pharaohs? What, as a woman, did she contribute to Egyptian rule that other male rulers might not have?