History 9

Ancient Greek History

This course examines the great civilization of ancient Greece, beginning around 600 B.C. with the rise of the Lydian state, and concentrating on the rise and fall of Athens.  The course reads the great ancient histories of the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars.  It then examines Plato’s view of the ideal state.  Plato’s state can be compared to the actual Greek states and to modern day Republics.

The study of ancient Greece is vital to any genuine understanding of the movement and progress of History in the West.  The personalities and events from this prominent era in history have largely influenced those of later times.

This course will enable the student to:

  • Observe the timelessness of human relations & the similarities of man’s responses to the conditions in which he finds himself across time periods
  • Discover the similarities of & difference between ancient Greek & Christian ideas of virtue
  • Trace the cause & effect of political developments in the ancient world &, by extension, in the modern world
  • Identify the periods of ancient history & major characters of the period
  • Become familiar with the map of the ancient world & the seeds of modern conflicts
  • Relate modern historical situations & documents to their ancient antecedents

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.

  • The Histories, Herodotus, translated by Aubrey De Sélincourt
  • The History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides, translated by Rex Warner
  • The Rise and Fall of Athens: Nine Greek Lives, Plutarch, translated by Ian Scott-Kilvert
  • The Persian Expedition (Anabasis), Xenophon, translated by Rex Warner
  • Great Dialogues of Plato, Plato, translated by W.H.D. Rouse
  • MLA Handbook Eighth Edition

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

  • The Histories Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • The History of the Peloponnesian War Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • The Persian Expedition & Rise and Fall of Athens Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Great Dialogues of Plato Study Guide Student Book, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Classics Conference: The Greek Era  (This flash drive contains the Greek audio files assigned in the course plan.  The audio files are already provided as part of the self-paced course, but if you would like a copy to keep and reuse, you may purchase it.  For students planning on taking both Greek and Roman history, a flash drive with a combined set of the Greek and Roman audio files may be purchased in the bookstore.)

Self-Paced Plus courses include the following:

  • Grading by a highly qualified teacher for selected assignments (listed below) in the course.
  • Access to teacher through the course’s discussion board.
  • Option to report grade given by the teacher, or to report a grade assigned by parent.
  • The pacing is still established by the parent in conjunction with the student’s goals and academic calendar. 
  • Assignments will be graded within 1-2 weeks of the submission date, excluding holiday breaks.  (For the quickest grading, students should turn assignments in incrementally throughout the year.  If a student turns in multiple assignments to be graded at once, expect a response time of 1-2 weeks per assignment submitted.)

Self-Paced Plus Assignment List:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Week 1: Paper Topic* Week 3: Paper Topic*
Week 4: Paper Topic* Week 7: Paper Topic*
Week 9: Midterm 1 Exam Week 9: Midterm 2 Exam
Week 14: Paper Topic* Week 11: Paper Topic*
Week 16: Paper Topic* Week 16: Paper Topic*
Week 18: Semester 1 Exam Week 18: Semester 2 Exam

*We developed a rubric to assist in grading the paper assignments.  Each paper assignment will have the rubric available for the student in the course.


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

9 – 12 (9th)


Mrs. Angstenberger

Lecture Format




Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Credits (Type)

10 (History)

Transcript Designation


Self-Paced Companion Courses

Ancient Greek Literature
Introduction to Sacred Scripture

Online Companion Courses

Ancient Greek Literature
Introduction to Sacred Scripture
Intensive Composition with Vocabulary


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

Course Plan Sample

History 9

Note: This course plan is built into the
Self-Paced course in a student-friendly format.