This week’s homework will focus on the Greco-Roman world. It should be noted that a substantial portion of the people who lived in the Greco-Roman world were slaves (in some places, as much as 40% of the population), and we cannot meaningfully talk about the first-century world without saying some things about slaves. Be advised that some of the below content does make reference to slavery, and in some cases, violence toward slaves.
1. Watch the following two (short) videos about life in first-century Rome, then answer the questions below:
Laurence, Ray. “A Glimpse of Teenage Life in Ancient Rome.” TED-Ed (2012):A glimpse of teenage life in ancient Rome – Ray Laurence (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
Laurence, Ray. “Four Sisters in Ancient Rome.” TED-Ed (2013):Four sisters in Ancient Rome – Ray Laurence (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
a. What elements of these videos do you find surprising? Interesting? Offensive? Do any elements clarify passages of scripture to you?
b. Identify three elements of ‘cultural distance’ between our context and the context of the people profiled in these videos. In other words, where are the biggest differences?
2. Read the below (brief) article, then answer the questions below:
Hope, Valerie. “Social Pecking Order in the Roman World,” BBC: Ancient History, Romans (2003):http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/romans/social_structure_01.shtml (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
a. Do you find any elements of this article surprising? Does it leave you with any further questions?
b. Based on the categories and facts provided in this article, construct some sort of diagram of the system of social classes (or, ‘Pecking Order,’ to use the article’s title) in the first-century Roman world. This does not need to be especially artistic – it might be as simple as an ordered list, or you might find some other approach more appropriate.
Delivering a high-quality product at a reasonable price is not enough anymore.
That’s why we have developed 5 beneficial guarantees that will make your experience with our service enjoyable, easy, and safe.
You have to be 100% sure of the quality of your product to give a money-back guarantee. This describes us perfectly. Make sure that this guarantee is totally transparent.Read more
Each paper is composed from scratch, according to your instructions. It is then checked by our plagiarism-detection software. There is no gap where plagiarism could squeeze in.Read more
Thanks to our free revisions, there is no way for you to be unsatisfied. We will work on your paper until you are completely happy with the result.Read more
Your email is safe, as we store it according to international data protection rules. Your bank details are secure, as we use only reliable payment systems.Read more
By sending us your money, you buy the service we provide. Check out our terms and conditions if you prefer business talks to be laid out in official language.Read more