After watching Troubled Leadership, discuss the two rulers featured in the video: the Egyptian King Tutankhamen and the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman. When did each man rule?(Tutankhamen: 1333-23 B.C.; Suleiman: A.D. 1520-66) From which city did each man rule?(Tutankhamen began his reign in Akhetaten — now called Amarna — and then moved back to the traditional royal city of Thebes. Suleiman ruled from Istanbul, previously known as Constantinople and Byzantium.) What were some of the significant events that occurred during each rule? How were their reigns different? How were they alike?
Discuss a few of the people who were close to each leader.
Tell students that their assignment is to write an essay describing the role that one person played in the life and rule of either Tutankhamen or Suleiman. They can write an objective, third-person essay or write from the point of view of the leader. The letter should include the following elements:
Provide resources about King Tutankhamen and Suleiman the Magnificent.
Have students share their completed essays with the class.
Discuss how the impact these advisors had on the end of each man's reign.
Definition : An oval shape enclosing the hieroglyphic symbols that represent the name of an ancient Egyptian king or queen.
Context : A ring with the cartouches of Ay and Ankhesenamen has lead some Egyptologists to believe the two married after Tutankhamen's death.
Definition : A soldier of an elite corps of Turkish troops organized in the 14th century and abolished in 1826.
Context : The janissaries formed Europe's first standing army.
Definition : A king or sovereign, especially of a Muslim state.
Context : In the Ottoman Empire, few sultans reigned more than 20 years.
Definition : A high executive officer or official; usually the most important position after the ruler
Context : Shortly after Tutankhamen became king, Ay became vizier of Egypt.
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