Classical Studies

Here is the HLN sequence for Classical Studies. Please note that older incoming students may be required to do prerequisite reading. 2019-2020 offerings are listed in gold. 

  • D’Aulaire’s Greek Myths
  • Famous Men of Rome
  • Famous Men of the Middle Ages
  • Famous Men of Greece, Horatius at the Bridge poem
  • Book of the Ancient Greeks, The Iliad, The Odyssey
  • Book of the Ancient Romans, The Aeneid
  • Greek Tragedies: The Oresteian Trilogy, The Three Theban Plays, Medea & Other Plays
  • Classical Political Philosophy: Cicero’s On Obligations, The Republic, and The Laws
  • Classical Metaphysics: (Proposed) Selections from Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Aquinas, & Kreeft
  • Art & Architecture of Western Civilization

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Grammar School Classical Studies

These classes successfully prepare students to read the great classics offered in our upper-level Classical Studies. Students will study Greek Mythology then Roman, Medieval, and Greek history over the course of one year for each subject – allowing students to immerse themselves in each particular culture, building a foundation that will go forward with them throughout their education. The memorization of Horatius at the Bridge is the crowning achievement of the Grammar School classical studies years. (Grades 3-7)

  • Greek Myths, Complete Set
  • Famous Men of Rome, Complete Set
  • Famous Men of Middle Ages, Complete Set
  • Famous Men of Greece & Horatius at the Bridge: Complete Set & Horatius at the Bridge (also used in Literature D)
  • For links to complete class materials, see our Book List

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Upper School Classical Studies:

Greek History & Homer’s Iliad & Odyssey–Grades 7-8 

This class consists of a systematic study of Greek history followed by a detailed reading of two of the great literary pillars of western civilization: Homer’s Iliad & Odyssey. This is high school-level content covered in a way appropriate for slightly younger students. 

Course Materials, all of the following:

  • Book of the Ancient Greeks Set
  • Iliad Text, Iliad Student Guide, Iliad Teacher Guide
  • Odyssey Text, Odyssey Student Guide, Odyssey Teacher Guide
  • For links to complete class materials, see our Book List
  • Prerequisite reading, if not already read: Famous Men of Greece & The Trojan War.

Roman History & Virgil’s Aeneid – Grades 8-9 (Not offered in 2020-2021)

Using the same approach as the Ancient Greeks, Iliad, Odyssey course, students Roman history and culture before undertaking a detailed reading Virgil’s Aeneid. This is high school-level content covered in a way appropriate for slightly younger students. 

Course Materials, all of the following:

  • Book of the Ancient Romans Set
  • Aeneid Text, Aeneid Student Guide, Aeneid Teacher Guide
  • For links to complete class materials, see our Book List
  • Prerequisite reading, if not already read: Famous Men of Greece, Famous Men of Rome, Iliad Text, Odyssey Text, & Aeneid for Boys and Girls

At the high school level, Classics courses take on the form of literature classes with discussion, papers, memorization, and recitations required. The can be counted as high quality English or Classics electives. 

Greek Tragedies, Grades 9+ 

This course is a study of three great tragic playwrights: Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles. Students will conduct a survey of Greek dramatic literature by reading a selection of Greek plays. Students will acquire a familiarity with Greek drama and cultivate skill in reading and understanding its dramatic and poetic forms. Additionally, the dramas will serve as a window into the Greek world and mind. Students will seek to understand the Greeks both from the perspective of a Greco-Roman worldview and from our perspective, thus achieving an awareness of the weighty influence of Greek drama on Western civilization and subsequently developing an appreciation for the relevance it still holds for the modern reader. (Prerequisites: students must have read the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid--the complete books, not retellings–and Book of the Ancient Greeks, or similar.)

Course Materials, all of the following:

  • The Oresteian Trilogy Set, Aeschylus, Vellacott translation
  • Three Theban Plays Set, Sophocles, Fagles translation
  • Medea and Other Plays Set, Euripides, Vellacott translation
  • For links to complete class materials, see our Book List

Classical Political Philosophy: Cicero’s On Obligations, The Republic, and The Laws, Grades 10+ (Not offered in 2020-2021)

Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman statesman from the first century B.C., was convinced that the upright moral life was the happier life. The Republic became the blueprint of the U.S. government almost 2,000 years after it was written. In The Laws, Cicero defends his understanding of the upright moral life and becomes the foundation for the West’s philosophical discussion on the natural law. His work On Obligations played a large role in Western Christendom. Students will explore the principles of justice, wisdom, beneficence, courage, and propriety. (Prerequisites: students must have read the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid--the complete books, not retellings–and Book of the Ancient Romans, or similar.) This course can be counted as a high school civics credit.

Course Materials, all of the following:

  • On Obligations Set, Walsh translation
  • The Republic and The Laws Set, Rudd translation
  • For links to complete class materials, see our Book List

Classical Metaphysics: (Proposed) Selections from Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Aquinas, & Kreeft, Grades 11+

Course Materials, TBD.