Honors History 9 - Kolbe Academy

Honors 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 Honors (H) credit will have eight papers, a mid-term, and final exam each semester.  Additionally, honors students should expect to have daily reading and minor weekly written assignments or quizzes.

Assignment due-dates and some grades are established by the parent.  To receive honors credit with Kolbe Academy, students must submit a number of designated assignments to Kolbe Academy for grading, usually exams and select papers.  The parent- and Kolbe-established grades are averaged to produce the final grade for the honors course.

Alternatively, a student may enroll in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive additional grading assistance by a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents may still submit grades for the student to be averaged in with the required Kolbe-graded honors assignments, or they may use the teacher-graded materials only to receive credit.

  • 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 Materials

Digital copies are provided in the Parent Group of the Self-Paced course.  Physical copies are available for purchase in the Kolbe Bookstore.

  • Ancient Greek History Course Plan & Tests
  • 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
  • Weekly Quiz Book for Greek History Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Classics Conference: The Greek Era  (Audio files and study materials are already included directly in the Self-Paced course.  If you would like a hard copy to keep and re-use, you may purchase the flash drive and study materials from the Kolbe 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 2: Paper Topic*
Week 3: Paper Topic* Week 3: Paper Topic*
Week 4: Paper Topic* Week 6: Paper Topic*
Week 7: Paper Topic* Week 7: Paper Topic*
Week 9: Midterm 1 Exam Week 9: Midterm 2 Exam
Week 13: Paper Topic* Week 11: Paper Topic*
Week 14: Paper Topic* Week 12: Paper Topic*
Week 15: Paper Topic* Week 15: 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




Honors Fee


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 Core (K) level.

Course Plan Sample

Honors History 9

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