UPDATE 10/5: We are cruising through The Odyssey faster than expected! Quiz scores have been fantastic and the first recitation went really well. All this is great news and it means we’ll be able to add Oedipus Rex to the reading list. This play is already bound in the same volume as Antigone, so it will change the pacing a bit, but nothing else. See below to for the updated syllabus.
UPDATE 8/25: Welcome to Classical Literature! I’m pleased to have you enrolled in the course. This year will be an exciting one and the best way to prepare yourself is to get a jump on the reading: The farther you are in The Odyssey before we begin, the easier your transition into the academic year will be. Specifically, you need to have read at least the handout of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” for our first meeting.
This year we’ll devote ourselves in word and deed to investigating major philosophical questions through our engagement with the great books that make up our curriculum. There is no greater work that we have in our world than coming to know our place in the universe in relation to God, nature, and our fellow man. Through these fundamental relationships, we develop self-knowledge that conforms to what Frank Sheed called the true “shape of reality.”
Your role is to be a serious participant in intellectual discourse with both your classmates and the authors of your texts.
I look forward to seeing you either at orientation or on the first day of school.
UPDATED 10/5: Download the updated course syllabus in PDF format by clicking on this link: sha-syllabus-classical-lit-9-10-cec-october-update
This list will grow throughout the year, so be sure to visit whenever you would list a boost to your extracurricular reading.
The Iliad, Homer
Mythology, Thomas Bullfinch
The Greek Way, Edith Hamilton
The Roman Way, Edith Hamilton
The Man on the Roman Street, Harold Mattingly
How to Read a Book, Mortimer Adler
“On the Reading of Old Books,” C.S. Lewis
“The Great Conversation,” Robert Hutchins
Check back throughout the year for helpful links, handouts, and suggestions on course readings and assignments.
- “The Allegory of the Cave” (See Appendix A of the course syllabus)
- Reading Questions for Homer’s Odyssey