Literature of the Ancient World

Course Description


Full-year course. A survey of writing from the earliest written stories (with attention to their origins as oral tales) through the late classical/early medieval masterworks. Students will consider the meaning of nostoi (homecoming) to Odysseus; the duties of someone torn between human and divine law as in Sophocles’ Antigone; and mankind’s relationship to the gods (as discussed in poetry, drama, and the Bible). When taken in combination with our Ancient History course, this provides the integrated Great Books and History coverage recommended in The Well-Trained Mind. 

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Course texts:

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  • The Holy Bible
  • Gilgamesh
  • The Iliad, Homer
  • The Odyssey, Homer
  • The Aeneid, Virgil
  • Agamemnon, Aeschylus
  • Oedipus Rex, Sophocles
  • Medea, Euripides
  • The Birds, Aristophanes
  • Metamorphoses, Ovid

Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.

Class cap: 20 students.

Designed for grades 9-12.

Students in grades 9-12 may be awarded 1 Language Arts credit upon completion of this course.

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