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Honors Literature 10

Ancient Roman Literature

This course is a companion to the Roman history course, introducing the student to the important works of Roman literature, as well as to the use of figures of Roman history and literature by great writers of later times. 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 Roman epics, plays, and philosophy are referenced throughout the literary and intellectual works of Western thinkers to this day. Shakespeare is also studied in this course for his inimitable analysis of the great personalities of Rome.

Course Description

Students will become familiar with the main examples of Roman literature and their use by later writers, notably Shakespeare; identify and examine the inter-relationship between the Greek epic (the Iliad and the Odyssey), and the Roman epic (the Aeneid); identify the Roman virtue of pietas and its subsequent transformation in Christianity; further the study and imitation of these genres: epic, tragedy, comedy, and rhetoric. Biography (Plutarch) and autobiography (St. Augustine) will also be considered; learn to interpret and distinguish the fourfold senses of theological writings: the literal, the allegorical, the moral, and the eschatological; and trace the effect of the Greek world on the development of Latin literature, as well as the Greek influence in the works of St. Augustine.

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 Aeneid, Virgil, translated by Patric Dickinson
  • Meditations, Marcus Aurelius, translated by M. Staniforth
  • Fall of the Roman Republi, Plutarch, translated by Rex Wagner
  • Makers of Rome, Plutarch, translated by Ian Scott-Kilvert
  • "Coriolanus," Shakespeare, edited by Jonathan Crewe
  • "Julius Caesar," Shakespeare, edited by William Montgomery
  • Confessions, St. Augustine, translated by R.S. Pine-Coffin



Optional physical copies available for purchase for the following under the Literature 10 "Optional Material" section in the Kolbe Bookstore (digital copies are provided with the self-paced course):

  • The Aeneid Study Guide Student Book, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Meditations Study Guide Student Book, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Plutarch Study Guide Student Book (for use with "Fall of the Roman Republic" and "Makers of Rome"),Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Roman Reader, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Roman Reader Study Guide Student Book, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Kolbe Academy Shakespeare Study Guide Student Book, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Kolbe Academy Confessions 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


Grades (Typical)

 9 - 12 (10th)

Video Presenter

Ms. Finnigan



Honors Fee


Self-Paced Plus Grading Assistance


Credits (Type)

 10 (Literature)

Transcript Designation


Self-Paced Companion Courses

Ancient Roman History
Mass, the Sacraments and Prayer & Church History I

Online Companion Courses

Ancient Roman History
Mass, the Sacraments and Prayer & Church History I
Advanced Composition with Vocabulary


Also offered at the Kolbe Core (K) level.

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