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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 “The Life of Julius Caesar” with “The Roman Republic” and ask students to discuss the Roman Republic’s most famous dictator: Julius Caesar. How did Caesar come to hold so much power? How did this position of power eventually contribute to the end of the Republic?
- Mark Cartwright
This text explains how Athens created and organized one of the world’s first recorded democracies. Athenian democracy, especially given its systems of checks and balances and citizen participation, has been highly influential to many modern democracies.Pair “Athenian Democracy” with “The Roman Republic” and ask students to compare these two forms of government. What similarities or differences exist between them?
The Price of Greed: Hannibal's Betrayal by Carthage
- Joshua J. Mark
In “The Price of Greed: Hannibal’s Betrayal by Carthage,” the informational text proposes that the Carthaginian commander and military genius Hannibal could have led his city to victory in the Second Punic War, had it not been for Carthage’s betrayal.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?
The Byzantine Empire
In “The Byzantine Empire,” this informational text discusses the history, power, and influence of the Eastern Roman Empire.Pair “The Roman Republic” with “The Byzantine Empire” and ask students to discuss how the Roman Republic influenced the Byzantine Empire. How did the Roman Republic evolve into one of the most powerful empires in the history of the world? Compare the structures of society in the Roman Republic with those of the Byzantine Empire and determine similarities and differences in how the Empire progressed over 1,000 years.
What’s What with the Rostra?
- Sarah Linn
In the informational text “What’s What with the Rostra?” Sarah Linn describes platforms in ancient Rome that people addressed the public from.Pair “The Roman Republic” with “What’s What with the Rostra?” to provide students with additional information about the Roman Republic and Roman Empire. Ask students to discuss how the two texts explore the political changes that took place in Rome over time. How did Rome’s rostra change along with its governmental structure?