Literature 9

Ancient Greek Literature 

This course is a companion to the Greek history course. It introduces the student to the foundational works of Greek literature and Western culture, as well as to the study of genres and literary forms. The texts of antiquity are studied for their universal appeal to the human experience, as well as for their influence upon the great thinkers and development of the West. The Greek epics, plays, and philosophy are referenced throughout the literary and intellectual works of Western thinkers to this day.

Course Description

Students will identify and examine the inter-relationship between the four primary genres of all imitative forms of literature: the epic, the lyric, the tragedy, and the comedy; identify and use literary devices and figures of speech such as: similes, metaphors, allegories, fables, parables; imitate these genres and literary devices in his writing, in order to understand more deeply the nature and power of these forms; become familiar with the greatest examples of Greek literature, and their impact upon Western literature and modes of thought throughout subsequent history; compare and contrast Greek ideals of heroism and virtue with the Christian understanding of these ideals, and identify what ways Greek thought served as preparation for the Gospel.

Course Expectations

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (K) credit will have four papers, a mid-term, and final exam each semester.  Additionally, core students should expect to have daily reading and minor weekly written assignments or quizzes.

Assignment due-dates and grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course. In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

Course Texts
  • The Iliad of Homer, Homer, translated by Richmond Lattimore
  • The Odyssey of Homer, Homer, translated by Richmond Lattimore
  • The Oresteian Trilogy, Aeschylus, translated by Philip Vellacott
  • The Theban Plays, Sophocles, translated by E. F. Watling
  • Great Dialogues of Plato, Plato, translated by W.H.D. Rouse
  • Classical Literary Criticism. "Poetics" of Aristotle, translated by T.S. Dorsch

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

  • Kolbe Academy The Iliad of Homer Study Guide. Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Kolbe Academy The Odyssey of Homer Study Guide Student Book. Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Kolbe Academy The Oresteian Trilogy Study Guide Student Book. Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Kolbe Academy The Theban Plays Study Guide Student Book.Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Kolbe Academy Great Dialogues of Plato Study Guide Student Book. Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Kolbe Academy Classical Literary Criticism 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. 

Literature9Sample.pdf

Course Details:

Section Number

SCL-09

 Videos Presented By 

Ms. Ellen Finnigan

Grades (Typical)

9 - 12 (9th) 

Tuition

 $499

Self-Paced Plus Grading Assistance
(Optional)

$200

Credits (Type)

 10 (Literature)

Transcript Designation

K

Self-Paced Companion Courses

Ancient Greek History
Introduction to Sacred Scripture

Online Companion Courses

Ancient Greek History
Introduction to Sacred Scripture
Intensive Composition with Vocabulary

Notes

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