Detail map of ancient Mesopotamia

Teaching the Middle East

Scholars from the University of Chicago developed, and master teachers tested, this resource to provide an overview of Middle Eastern cultures and their contributions to the world.

  • The Victor's Virtue: A Cultural History of Sport

    Created November 9, 2010
    The Victor's Virtue: Pentathlon Scene

    Students may know that there are two components of a modern education that are closely associated with ancient Greek culture: philosophy and sports. To what extent does the role and value of sports in modern high schools resemble the role and value of sports in an ancient Greek education?

  • Other Worlds: The Voyage of Columbus

    Created October 27, 2010
    Other Worlds: The Voyage of Columbus

    Meet the people whose encounter with Columbus led to the creation of a New World.

  • Hammurabi’s Code as an Object

    Created October 18, 2010
  • Chinua Achebe’s "Things Fall Apart": Oral and Literary Strategies

    Created October 13, 2010
    Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart: Oral and Literary Strategies

    Through close reading and textual analysis of Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe's 1958 novel about the British colonization of Nigeria, students learn how oral, linguistic, and literary strategies are used to present one’s own story and history through literature.

  • A Storybook Romance: Dante's Paolo and Francesca

    Created October 12, 2010
    A Storybook Romance

    Journey through the Inferno to learn how allegory, allusion, and drama combine in Dante’s poetic art.

  • The World of Haiku

    Created October 8, 2010
    The World of Haiku

    Explore the traditions and conventions of haiku and compare this classic form of Japanese poetry to a related genre of Japanese visual art.

  • Women in Africa: Tradition and Change

    Created October 7, 2010
    Women in Africa: Tradition and Change

    Examine the role of women in African society as represented in traditional artwork and post-colonial literature.

  • Who Was Cinque?

    Created October 7, 2010
    Who Was Cinque?

    Meet the leader of the Amistad revolt through contemporary news reports, court records, and illustrations.

  • What Masks Reveal

    Created October 6, 2010
    What Masks Reveal: 01-Puerto Rican Vejigante mask

    Explore the cultural significance of masks by investigating the role they play in ceremonies and on special occasions in societies from widely separated regions of the world.