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.

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.

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

  • 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

Course Details:

Section Number

SCL-09H

 Grades (Typical)

9 – 12 (9th)

Lecturer

Ms. Ellen Finnigan

Lecture Format

Self-Paced

Tuition

$499

Honors Fee

$69

Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus

$200

Credits (Type)

 10 (Literature)

Transcript Designation

H

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

Notes

Also offered at the Kolbe Core (H) level.

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