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Literature 10

Ancient Roman Literature

This course is a companion to the Roman history course, introducing the student to the important works of Roman literature, as well as to the use of figures of Roman history and literature by great writers of later times. 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 Roman epics, plays, and philosophy are referenced throughout the literary and intellectual works of Western thinkers to this day. Shakespeare is also studied in this course for his inimitable analysis of the great personalities of Rome.

Students will become familiar with the main examples of Roman literature and their use by later writers, notably Shakespeare; identify and examine the inter-relationship between the Greek epic (the Iliad and the Odyssey), and the Roman epic (the Aeneid); identify the Roman virtue of pietas and its subsequent transformation in Christianity; further the study and imitation of these genres: epic, tragedy, comedy, and rhetoric. Biography (Plutarch) and autobiography (St. Augustine) will also be considered; learn to interpret and distinguish the fourfold senses of theological writings: the literal, the allegorical, the moral, and the eschatological; and trace the effect of the Greek world on the development of Latin literature, as well as the Greek influence in the works of St. Augustine.

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (K) credit will have four 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 grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course. In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

  • The Aeneid, Virgil, translated by Patric Dickinson
  • Meditations, Marcus Aurelius, translated by M. Staniforth
  • Fall of the Roman Republic, Plutarch, translated by Rex Wagner
  • Makers of Rome, Plutarch, translated by Ian Scott-Kilvert
  • “Coriolanus,” Shakespeare, edited by Jonathan Crewe
  • “Julius Caesar,” Shakespeare, edited by William Montgomery
  • Confessions, St. Augustine, translated by R.S. Pine-Coffin

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Optional physical copies available for purchase for the following under the Literature 10 “Optional Material” section in the Kolbe Bookstore (digital copies are provided with the self-paced course):

  • The Aeneid Study Guide Student Book, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Meditations Study Guide Student Book, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Plutarch Study Guide Student Book (for use with “Fall of the Roman Republic” and “Makers of Rome”),Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Roman Reader, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Roman Reader Study Guide Student Book, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Kolbe Academy Shakespeare Study Guide Student Book, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Kolbe Academy Confessions Study Guide Student Book, Kolbe Academy Publishing

Note that this is the digital version of the homeschool course plan, which is found in the course’s associated Parent Group.  This course plan is built into the Schoology course for the student. 


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

 9 – 12 (10th)


Ms. Finnigan

Lecture Format




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 Roman History
Mass, the Sacraments and Prayer & Church History I

Online Companion Courses

Ancient Roman History
Mass, the Sacraments and Prayer & Church History I
Advanced Composition with Vocabulary


Also offered at the Kolbe Honors (H)
level for an additional $69.