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.
Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act III, Scenes I & II
- William Shakespeare
In this excerpt from Shakespeare’s historical play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the titular Roman dictator faces death and betrayal on the Ides of March.Pair “Excerpt from The Tragedy of Julius Caesar: Act III, Scenes I & II” with “The Price of Greed: Hannibal’s Betrayal by Carthage” and ask students to compare how these two two military geniuses, Julius Caesar and Hannibal, were betrayed. How does each text portray the nature of these betrayals? How might history be different if both leaders were not betrayed?
The Persian Wars
- Mark Cartwright
In “The Persian Wars,” this informational text recounts the series of conflicts between ancient Greece and Persia in the 5th century known as the Greco-Persian Wars: a battle for land and power that would shape both lands for years to come.Pair “The Persian Wars” with “The Price of Greed: Hannibal’s Betrayal by Carthage” and ask students to compare these two series of conflicts in the ancient world. What similarities are there in how Rome and Greece, underdogs at the time, gained victory? What were the consequences of their victories? How did warfare evolve from the time of the Persian Wars to the Punic Wars?
The Roman Republic
“The Roman Republic,” is an informational text that recounts the history of the Roman Republic: how it was formed, how it worked, and how it eventually transitioned into the Roman Empire.Pair “The Roman Republic” with “The Price of Greed: Hannibal’s Betrayal by Carthage” and ask students to further discuss the complexity of the Punic Wars. How does the former text portray these wars? How did the wars affect the Roman Republic? How did they affect Carthage?