Literature 9 - Kolbe Academy

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.

This course will enable students to:

  • Identify & examine the inter-relationship between the four primary genres of all imitative forms of literature: the epic, the lyric, the tragedy, & the comedy
  • Identify & use literary devices & figures of speech such as: similes, metaphors, allegories, fables, & parables
  • Imitate these genres & literary devices in his writing, in order to understand more deeply the nature & power of these forms
  • Become familiar with the greatest examples of Greek literature, & their impact upon Western literature & modes of thought throughout subsequent history
  • Compare & contrast Greek ideals of heroism & virtue with the Christian understanding of these ideals, & identify what ways Greek thought served as preparation for the Gospel

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (K) credit will have four major assignments each semester.  Two of those four assignments will be paper topic essays, and the other 2 may also be essays, but could instead include other types of creative projects, oral presentations, or other appropriate assignments pertinent to the course. 

  • The Iliad of Homer, Homer, translated by Richmond Lattimore
  • The Odyssey of Homer, Homer, translated by Richmond Lattimore
  • The Oresteian Trilogy, Aeschylus, translated by Philip Vellacott
  • The Theban Plays, Sophocles, translated by E. F. Watling
  • Great Dialogues of Plato, Plato, translated by W.H.D. Rouse
  • Classical Literary Criticism, “Poetics” of Aristotle, translated by T.S. Dorsch
  • 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 Literature Course Plan & Tests
  • The Iliad of Homer Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • The Odyssey of Homer Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • The Oresteian Trilogy Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • The Theban Plays Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Great Dialogues of Plato Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Poetics Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Greek Literature Weekly Quiz Book & 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 4: Paper Topic* Week 1: Paper Topic*
Week 5: Paper Topic* Week 5: Paper Topic*
Week 9: Midterm 1 Exam Week 9: Midterm 2 Exam
Week 13: Paper Topic* Week 14: Paper Topic*
Week 14: 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 (9th)


Ms. Ellen Finnigan

Lecture Format




Honors Fee


Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Credits (Type)

 10 (Literature)

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Self-Paced Companion Courses

Ancient Greek History
Introduction to Sacred Scripture

Online Companion Courses

Ancient Greek History
Introduction to Sacred Scripture
Intensive Composition with Vocabulary


Also offered at the Kolbe Core (H) level.

Course Plan Sample

Literature 9

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