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Ancient History

Offered 2020-2021!

  • Time: Mondays, 12:30-1:45 pm
  • Tuition: $50/month (10 months, August-May)
  • Location: Signal Mountain, Tennessee OR online
  • Credit: 1 history credit
  • Grades: 9-12 AND middle school strong readers
  • One-to-one Tutorials: Students will also have opportunities for one-to-one tutorials to discuss with the tutor how they can improve their written work.
  • Required Texts: (Hard copies are required; recommended editions/translations are listed below)
    • Gwynne’s Grammar (ISBN: 9781984897961)
    • Herodotus – Histories (Recommended: Strassler’s Landmark edition, ISBN: 9780375421099)
    • Thucydides – History of the Peloponnesian War (Recommended: Strassler’s Landmark edition, ISBN: 9780684827902)
    • Plato – Republic (Recommended: Bloom translation/Basic Books, ISBN: 9780465094080)
    • Plutarch – Lives, Volume 1 (Recommended: Dryden translation/Modern Library, ISBN: 9780375756764)
    • Plutarch – Lives, Volume 2 (Recommended: Dryden translation/Modern Library, ISBN: 9780375756771)
    • Livy – The Rise of Rome (Recommended: Luce translation/Oxford, ISBN: 9780199540044)
    • Augustine – City of God (Recommended: Dods translation/Barnes and Noble [ISBN: 9780760779026] OR Modern Library [ISBN: 9780679600879])

Students learn about the significance of the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. In addition to studying the histories, governments, economics, wars, arts, and customs of these two civilizations, the course examines how these cultures influenced Western Civilization – particularly how they shaped the United States and its Constitution.

Assessment. Each semester, students write one essay using classical essay structure, write one research paper, and take two exams. At the conclusion of each semester, all students participate in Defense Day by giving a brief presentation on a topic of their choice from the course and responding to questions.

You can pair this course with Ancient Literature!

You can add Academic Writing to this course!

Page Image (c) 2018 Grace Hughbanks – The Parthenon, Athens, Greece