Honors 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 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 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
  • Greek Literature Weekly Quiz Book & Study Guide, 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 literature, 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 4: Paper Topic* Week 1: Paper Topic*
Week 5: Paper Topic* Week 3: Paper Topic*
Week 6: Paper Topic* Week 5: Paper Topic*
Week 7: Paper Topic* Week 6: Paper Topic*
Week 9: Midterm 1 Exam Week 9: Midterm 2 Exam
Week 11: Paper Topic* Week 13: Paper Topic*
Week 13: Paper Topic* Week 14: Paper Topic*
Week 14: Paper Topic* Week 15: Paper Topic*
Week 15: 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)


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)

Transcript Designation


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 (K) level.

Course Plan Sample

Honors Literature 9

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