by Mark Cartwright
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.
Ancient Greece: The Birthplace of Western IndividualismUSHistory.org
"Ancient Greece: The Birthplace of Western Individualism" contemplates the relationship between the ancient Greeks' human-oriented polytheism and their cultural endorsement of individualism.Pair “Ancient Greece: The Birthplace of Western Individualism” with “Greek Society” and ask students to discuss the building blocks of this ancient society (i.e. beliefs, social structure, etc.). How does the concept of individualism, sparked in ancient Greece, fit within or contradict the social structure of this society?
Women in Ancient RomeBirdBrain History
"Women in Ancient Rome" is an informational text that describes daily life in ancient Rome for both wealthy and poor women.Pair “Women in Ancient Rome” with “Greek Society” and ask students to compare what life was like for women in these ancient civilizations. How did they resemble or differ from one another? What underlying ideas about women could be found in both societies?
Egyptian Social StructureUSHistory.org
In "Egyptian Social Structure," the social structure of ancient Egyptian civilization is explored: from the gods and the godlike pharaoh on top to peasants and slaves on the bottom.Pair “Greek Society” with “Egyptian Social Structure” and ask students to compare the social structures of these two ancient civilizations. How do they differ or resemble each other? Was it easier in Greek or Egyptian society to change one’s status?
In the informational text "Gymnasium," Mark Cartwright discusses the purpose of gymnasia in ancient Greek life.Pair “Greek Society” with “Gymnasium” to provide students with additional information about ancient Greek society. Ask students to discuss the variety of social groups that made up ancient Greek society. How did a person’s social class affect whether or not they could attend a gymnasium? What other aspects of life did social class affect in ancient Greece?