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 (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, required participation, and exams as assigned by their instructor. All assignments are given and graded by the instructor.

Course Texts
  • The Iliad
  • The Odyssey
  • The Oresteian Trilogy
  • The Theban Plays
  • Great Dialogues of Plato
  • Classical Literary Criticism


Course Details:

Students should enroll in only one section.

Section Number







Ms. Finnigan

Ms. Finnigan

Ms. Finnigan 

Grades (Typical)

9 - 12 (9th)

Live Class Meets

1x per Week

1 hr. 20 min.





Class Period




9:00-10:20 AM PT

12:00-1:20 PM ET

9:00-10:20 AM PT

12:00-1:20 PM ET

10:30-11:50 AM PT

1:30-2:50 PM ET 



Credits (Type)

10 (Literature)

Transcript Designation


Companion Courses

Ancient Greek History

Introduction to Sacred Scripture

Intensive Composition with Vocabulary


Also offered at the Kolbe Honors (OH) level.