Classical Studies

HLN is offering Greek Myths, Famous Men of Rome, Famous Men of the Middle Ages, Iliad/Odyssey/Ancient Greeks, and Greek Tragedies for 2018-2019.

The cost for each class is $375 per student.

Here is the standard Memoria Press sequence for Classical Studies. Please note that older incoming students may want to read any texts they’ve missed to shore up their foundation. Depending on their age, some pre-requistite reading may be required.

  • D’Aulaire’s Greek Myths
  • Famous Men of Rome
  • Famous Men of the Middle Ages
  • Famous Men of Greece, Horatius at the Bridge
  • Book of the Ancient Greeks, The Iliad, The Odyssey
  • Book of the Ancient Romans, The Aeneid
  • Greek Drama: The Oresteian Trilogy, The Three Theban Plays, Medea & Other Plays
  • Classical Political Philosophy: Cicero’s On Obligations, The Republic, and The Laws
  • Classical Metaphysics: Plato-The Last Days of Socrates: Apology, Phaedo, Aristotle: Selections, Cicero-On the Nature of the Gods, Aquinas-A Summa of the Summa, Copleston-A History of Philosophy, Vol 1
  • Art & Architecture of Western Civilization


Grammar School Classical Studies* (1.5 hour class) – 10:00 to 11:30

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. (Grades 3-7)


Upper School Classical Studies* (1.5 hour class) – 10:00 to 11:30

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. Course materials include Dorothy Mills’ Book of the Ancient Greeks and Samuel Butler’s translations of the IliadOdyssey, along with the Memoria Press Study Guides. This is high school-level content covered in a way appropriate for slightly younger students. (Grades 7+, Prerequisites: students who have not studied Greek Mythology or Famous Men of Greece should read each book before classes begin in August.)

Course Materials, all of the following:

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. (Grades 9+, Prerequisites: students must have read the Iliad, Odyssey, and Aeneid-the complete books, not retellings–and Book of the Ancient Greeks, or similar.)

Coure Materials, all of the following:

All books and course materials will be purchased by parents. HLN will provide a comprehensive list of Memoria Press books needed for each class along with a single-use 10% off Memoria Press discount code for HLN families.

HLN is offering Greek Myths, Famous Men of Rome, Famous Men of the Middle Ages, Iliad/Odyssey/Ancient Greeks, and Greek Tragedies for 2018-2019.

Please note: If there are 6 or more students who would like an additional classical studies course, we will try to offer it. Please contact the Directors to inquire.