Literature 10 - Kolbe Academy

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.

This course will enable the student to:

  • Become familiar with the main examples of Roman literature & their use by later writers, notably Shakespeare
  • Identify & examine the inter-relationship between the Greek epic (The Iliad & The Odyssey), & the Roman epic (The Aeneid)
  • Identify the Roman virtue of pietas & its subsequent transformation in Christianity
  • Further the study & imitation of these genres: epic, tragedy, comedy, & rhetoric; biography (Plutarch) & autobiography (St. Augustine) will also be considered
  • Learn to interpret & distinguish the fourfold senses of theological writings: the literal, the allegorical, the moral, & the eschatological
  • 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
  • The Confessions, St. Augustine, translated by R.S. Pine-Coffin
  • 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 Literature Course Plan & Tests, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • The Kolbe Academy Roman Reader, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • The Aeneid Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Meditations Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Plutarch Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Roman Reader Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Shakespeare Study Guide, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Confessions 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 3: 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 15: Paper Topic*
Week 12: 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 (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.

Course Plan Sample

Literature 10

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