Honors Literature 9 - Kolbe Academy

Honors 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.

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.

Students taking this course for Kolbe Honors (OH) credit will have 4 papers per semester as chosen by their main instructor.  Daily reading, minor weekly written assignments, required participation, and exams will also be assigned and graded by the instructor.

In addition to weekly class, Honors students will attend a live Honors Seminar that meets periodically throughout the year.  Honors seminar will require projects and additional reading in the form of short stories, poems, essays, articles, and/or encyclicals with the purpose of going into more depth on the topics being studied in class. Students will be graded on active participation during live seminar.  The type of participation required will vary but includes activities such as active discussion, collaborative group work, and presentations.  The participation grade from honors seminar will be weighted 20% into the student’s overall grade for the honors course.

  • The Iliad
  • The Odyssey
  • The Oresteian Trilogy
  • The Theban Plays
  • Great Dialogues of Plato
  • Classical Literary Criticism
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

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Students enrolling in Online Honors Literature 9 must also enroll in Honors Seminar to fulfill honors credit.  Please click here to view the details for the Literature 9 Honors Seminar.

Course Details:

Students should enroll in only one section.

Section Number





Mrs. Finnigan

Grades (Typical)

9 – 12 (9th)

Live Class Meets

1x per week

1 hr. 20 min.





Class Period





6:00-7:20 AM PT
9:00-10:20 AM ET

10:30-11:50 AM PT
1:30-2:50 PM ET

12:00-1:20 PM PT
3:00-4:20 PM ET


$759 + $169

(Regular class + honors seminar fee)

or see Full-Time Online Tuition option

Credits (Type)

10 (Literature)

Transcript Designation


Companion Courses

Honors Ancient Greek History

Honors Introduction to Sacred Scripture

English 9


Also offered at the Kolbe Core (OK) level.