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Ancient World Literature

This course introduces high school students to some of the classic literary texts, or Great Books, of the ancient Roman world. These texts have influenced the development of the West. While studying these texts, students explore the ideas, events, and cast of characters that molded the Roman World.

This course focuses on literature, but also integrates some Ancient World History, helping students to see and enjoy the integration of both history and literature. In this upper-school course, students will examine and discuss events, trends, ideas, achievements, and failures found in these historical periods, while also comparing and contrasting such study with their own contemporary period.

Required Materials:
Books and supplies are not included in the purchase of the course.

  • Homeric Hymns, Homer
  • ISBN: 978-0140437829
  • Theogony and Works and Days, Hesiod

    • ISBN: 978-0140442830
  • Iliad, Homer, trans. Robert Fagle

    • ISBN: 978-0140275360
  • Prometheus Bound, Aeschylus, Seven Famous Greek Plays

    • ISBN: 978-0394701257
  • Oedipus Rex, Sophocles, Seven Famous Greek Plays

    • ISBN: 978-0394701257
  • Antigone, Sophocles, Seven Famous Greek Plays

    • ISBN: 978-0394701257
  • ‎_Timaeus _and _Crtias, _Plato
    • ISBN: 978-0140455045
  • The Apostolic Fathers in English, trans. Michael W. Holmes

    • ISBN: 978-0801031083
  • Hymns of Repentance, Romanos the Melodist

    • ISBN: 978-0881416572

Andy Newman calls western Nebraska home, that borderland where Midwest and West shake hands. There he has taught literature, composition, history, journalism, and the humanities for twenty years at the high school and college levels. His mind and heart have longed been pulled toward classical Christian education. And he is as excited as he is thankful to now be fully in its orbit.
His education is varied, having earned master’s degrees in history and English from the University of Wyoming and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, respectively. Most recently, he earned a MTh in Applied Orthodox Theology from the Antiochian House of Studies and a MA in Biblical Theology from John Paul the Great Catholic University and, in Fall of 2021, completed his coursework for the PhD in Humanities from Faulkner University and has moved on to the dissertation.

Dr. Jordan Henderson has taught middle school, high school, and college students in some capacity for over a decade. He has a deep love both for learning and teaching, especially in the humanities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Memphis, a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in Religion (specializing in Religions of Western Antiquity) from Florida State University. His research has appeared in several academic journals, and he is currently working on his first book on the first-century Jewish historian Flavius Josephus.

Originally from Jackson, MS, Jordan currently lives in Tallahassee, FL with his wife and four children. He and his wife have homeschooled their three older children over the past six years. They also teach Sunday School together to middle school students at Holy Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church in Tallahassee. Jordan enjoys reading, hiking, writing, the outdoors, and spending time with his family.

Quarter 1

  1. Homeric Hymns, Homer
  2. Theogony and Works and Days, Hesiod
  3. Iliad, Homer

Quarter 2

  1. Iliad, Homer

Quarter 3

  1. Iliad, Homer
  2. Prometheus Bound, Aeschylus
  3. Oedipus Rex, Sophocles
  4. Antigone, Sophocles

Quarter 4

  1. Timaeus, Plato
  2. The Apostolic Fathers in English (selections)
  3. Hymns of Repentance, Romanos the Melodist (selections)

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

Red checkmarkScanner: In this class, students frequently submit homework assignments by scanning pages from their workbooks. Students and/or their parents should have easy access to a scanner and the ability to use it.


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