This is a very interesting qusetion and there are many things that can be said as there are many variable that are involved. So, let me suggest a few ways in which you can compare the two ages. First, it will be important to recognize that the society in which you grow up will influence you greatly. Some social theory will help. Now what you can do is compare things such as religion. Ask about how religion played into the time period in which each person lived. This will make a difference. Also you could consider science and technology and see how these influenced the cultural milieu as well. Think also about globalization. Were there influences that were foreign. By asking these questions, you should be able to compare and contrast these authors in insightful ways.