Honors Literature 9

Honors 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 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.

New for the 2016-17 School year, 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.

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





Mrs. Finnigan

Mrs. Finnigan

Mrs. Finnigan

Grades (Typical)

9 - 12 (9th)

Live Class Meets

1x per Week

1 hr., 20 min.





Class Period




Regular Class Time

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

Honors Seminar Day

Lead Teacher: Ms. Finnigan

Seminar for Literature 9 meets on the following Mondays:
9/17, 10/8, 11/5, 12/3, 2/11, 3/18, 4/8, 5/6

Honors Seminar Time

9:00 - 10:20 AM (Pacific)

12:00 - 1:20 PM (Eastern)



Honors Fee


Credits (Type)

10 (Literature)

Transcript Designation


Companion Courses

Honors Ancient Greek History

Honors Introduction to Sacred Scripture

Intensive Composition with Vocabulary


Also offered at the Kolbe Core (OK) level.