Ancient History


Offered 2022-2023!

  • Time & Tuition:
    • 2022-2023 Academic Year
      • 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm, Mondays
      • $60 per month (10 months, August through May)
  • Location: Signal Mountain, Tennessee
  • Credit: 1 full credit in history
  • Grades: 9-12 AND 8th-grade strong readers
  • Prerequisites: Writing II or equivalent writing skills OR take Writing II in addition to this course
  • Pairing: You can pair this course with Ancient Literature!
  • Description: 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 two essays and complete 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 from the audience.
  • Books Needed: (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)
    • Polybius – The Rise of the Roman Empire (Recommended: Scott-Kilvert translation /Penguin classics, ASIN: B017YC9XCC)
    • Augustine – City of God (Recommended: Dods translation/Barnes and Noble [ISBN: 9780760779026] OR Modern Library [ISBN: 9780679600879])