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History 9

Ancient Greek History

This course examines the great civilization of ancient Greece, beginning around 600 B.C. with the rise of the Lydian state, and concentrating on the rise and fall of Athens. The course reads the great ancient histories of the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars. It then examines Plato's view of the ideal state. Plato's state can be compared to the actual Greek states and to modern day Republics.

Course Description

The study of ancient Greece is vital to any genuine understanding of the movement and progress of History in the West. The personalities and events from this prominent era in history have largely influenced those of later times.This course will enable the student to observe the timelessness of human relations and the similarities of man's responses to the conditions in which he finds himself, across time periods; discover the similarities of and difference between ancient Greek and Christian ideas of virtue; trace the cause and effect of political developments in the ancient world and, by extension, in the modern; identify the periods of ancient history and major characters of the period; become familiar with the map of the ancient world and the seeds of modern conflicts; and relate modern historical situations and documents to their ancient antecedents.

Course Expectations

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (OK) credit will have four major assignments each semester.  Two of those four assignments will be paper topic essays, and the other 2 may also be essays, but could instead include other types of creative projects, oral presentations, or other appropriate assignments pertinent to the course.  Additionally, core students should also expect to have daily reading, minor weekly written assignments, and exams as assigned by their parent. 

All requirements are assigned and graded by the parent - Enhanced Evaluation Service is available for additional grading assistance.

Course Texts
  • The Histories, Herodotus, translated by Aubrey De Sélincourt
  • The History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides, translated by Rex Warner
  • The Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek Lives, Plutarch, translated by Ian Scott-Kilvert
  • The Persian Expedition (Anabasis), Xenophon, translated byRex Warner
  • Great Dialogues of Plato, Plato, translated by W.H.D. Rouse



Optional physical copies available for purchase for the following under the History 9 "Optional Material" section in the Kolbe Bookstore (digital copies are provided with the self-paced course):

  • The Histories Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • The History of the Peloponnesian WarStudy Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • The Persian Expedition & Rise and Fall of Athens Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Great Dialogues of Plato Study Guide Student Book, Kolbe Academy Publishing
Course Plan Sample

Note that this is the digital version of the homeschool course plan, which is found in the course's associated Parent Group.  This course plan is built into the Schoology course for the student. 


Course Details:

Section Number


 Video Presenter

Mrs. Angstenberger

Grades (Typical)

9 - 12 (9th)



Self-Paced Plus Grading Assistance


Credits (Type)

10 (History)

Transcript Designation


Self-Paced Companion Courses

Ancient Greek Literature
Introduction to Sacred Scripture

Online Companion Courses

Ancient Greek Literature
Introduction to Sacred Scripture
Intensive Composition with Vocabulary


Also offered at the Kolbe Honors
(H) level for an additional $69.