Honors History 10 - Kolbe Academy

Honors History 10

Ancient Roman History

This course examines the pre-Christian and early Christian world as seen through the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.  It covers highlights of Roman history from the mythical founding of the city in 753 BC, the fall of the Republic in the first century BC, to the fall of the Empire in 476 AD.  St. Augustine provides background on the conflict of Catholicism with paganism in Roman society.

The study of ancient Rome 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:

  • Become familiar with the political & religious developments of this period
  • Know & understand the significance of the important events, dates, persons, & places in the Western Europe of 753 BC-476 AD
  • Trace the cause & effect of political developments in the ancient world &, by extension, in the modern world
  • Observe the timelessness of human relations & the similarities of man’s responses to the conditions in which he finds himself across time periods
  • 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

Students taking this course for Kolbe Honors (H) credit will have eight 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 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 Early History of Rome, Livy, translated by Aubrey De Sélincourt
  • The War with Hannibal, Livy, translated by Aubrey De Sélincourt
  • Makers of Rome, Plutarch, translated by Ian Scott-Kilvert
  • The Annals of Imperial Rome, Tacitus, translated by Michael Grant
  • City of God, St. Augustine, translated by Henry Bettenson
  • 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 Roman History Course Plan & Tests, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Early History of Rome Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • The War with Hannibal Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Plutarch’s Roman Lives Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • The Annals of Imperial Rome Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • City of God Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Classics Conference: The Roman 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 1: Paper Topic*
Week 2: Paper Topic* Week 2: Paper Topic*
Week 4: Paper Topic* Week 5: Paper Topic*
Week 6: Paper Topic* Week 6: Paper Topic*
Week 9: Midterm 1 Exam Week 9: Midterm 2 Exam
Week 10: Paper Topic* Week 10: Paper Topic*
Week 11: Paper Topic* Week 11: Paper Topic*
Week 13: Paper Topic* Week 13: Paper Topic*
Week 15: Paper Topic* Week 15: 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 (10th)


Mrs. Palmer

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 Roman Literature
Mass & Sacraments/Church History I

Online Companion Courses

Ancient Roman Literature
Mass & Sacraments/Church History I
Advanced Composition with Vocabulary


Also offered at a Kolbe Core (K) level.

Course Plan Sample

Honors History 10

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