This is the second part of a two-part study started in Greek History I.  This second semester, which is optional, we spring into action with Xenophon’s lively account of the March of the Ten Thousand, followed by Plutarch’s celebrated studies of famous Greek leaders, supplemented with brief selections from Plato’s works. Finally, we look at the legacy of Alexander the Great.



Basic information about the books and materials for this course follows; see your Academic Packet or STAA Study Guide for full ordering details and commentary about each resource.

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Semester 2: Greek Studies IIB Study Guide

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  • Publisher/Copyright: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, . Softcover coil-bound workbook.
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Student study guides and course plans for the second semester of the Greek Studies, B Track cycle. Designed to work in conjunction with STAA advisor support, our live classes, or the "Independent Study with Online Support" option, the STAA Study Guides include weekly reading plans, assignment directions, reflection topics, and gradebooks for the semester and help prepare students for the weekly, graded online quizzes. This guide includes multiple subjects. To further personalize your student's plan, single-subject study guides are available at

Xenophon: The Expedition of Cyrus (Anabasis)

  • Author: Xenophon
  • Publisher/Copyright: Oxford University Press, 2005, 2009. Print.
  • Translator: Robin Waterfield
  • ISBN: 0199555982        978-019955598
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288 pages; Introduction, Bibliography, Chronology, Explanatory notes, Textual notes, Index of names.

Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures: A Concise History: Volume I to 1740, 2nd Edition

  • Author: Lynn Hunt, et al.
  • Publisher/Copyright: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2006. Print.
  • ISBN: 0312439458        978-0312439453
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ORDER BY ISBN NUMBER. "Making of the West" is a SECULAR, lower division college text that is used in St. Thomas Aquinas Academy's U.S. Studies IA, Greek Studies I & II, Roman Studies I & II, and European Studies I & II courses. Note that this is the CONCISE version of the textbook. While the page numbers will not line up exactly, the 3rd edition of the CONCISE version will work just as well as the 2nd edition of the CONCISE version. regularly has used copies available for 25-75% off the new price. 607 pages.

Plutarch’s Lives, Volume 1 (Modern Library Classics)

  • Author: Plutarch
  • Publisher/Copyright: Modern Library, 2001. Print.
  • Translator: John Dryden, Arthur Hugh Clough
  • ISBN: 0375756760        978-0375756764
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816 pages.

Great Dialogues of Plato

  • Author: Plato
  • Publisher/Copyright: Signet Classics, 2015. Print.
  • Translator: W.H.D. Rouse
  • ISBN: 0451471709        978-0451471703
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656 pages; Complete texts of "The Republic", "The Apology", "Crito", "Phaedo", "Ion", "Meno", and "Symposium".

Cliff's Notes: Plato’s Republic [ORDER USED]

  • Author: Thomas Thornburg
  • Publisher/Copyright: Cliffs Notes, 2000. Print or online.
  • ISBN: 076458670X        978-0764586705
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128 pages. Printed guide is currently out of print but is easy to find from used sources and can always be found online for free at

Alexander of Macedon: Journey to World’s End [ORDER USED]

  • Author: Harold Lamb
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  • ISBN: 0523008775        978-0523008776
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Doubleday; 1946; 386 pages; out of print - available in libraries and used bookstores only.

STAA Student Zone

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There are online resources such as weekly reading quizzes, special downloads, advisor support through the Q & A forum, occasional slide shows or videos, and more for this course. To activate your student's online access, 1) submit the Course Registration form after your annual planning appointment, 2) register for the live class, or 3) register for the "Independent Study with Online Support Option." After completing one of the registration options, students (and teaching-parents) may use their usernames and passwords to sign into the member site. The STAA Student Zone is available each school year from August 1 to July 15.

Plutarch’s Lives, Volume 2 (Modern Library Classics)

  • Author: Plutarch
  • Publisher/Copyright: Modern Library, 2001. Print.
  • Translator: John Dryden
  • ISBN: 0375756779        978-0375756771
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752 pages.

Philosophy 101 by Socrates: An Introduction to Philosophy Via Plato's Apology

  • Author: Peter Kreeft
  • Publisher/Copyright: Ignatius Press, 2002. Print.
  • ISBN: 0898709253        978-0898709254
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100 Pages

Alexander the Great: Man of Action, Man of Spirit [ORDER USED]

  • Author: Pierre Bryant
  • Publisher/Copyright: Harry N. Abrams, 1996. Print.
  • ISBN: 0810928337        978-0810928336
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176 pages.

Spring Live Class: Greek History IIB

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Small-group, advisor-led live online class for students in Grades 9 through 12 that meets every other academic week of the second semester. Advisor grading of assignments is also available for students registered for this live class.


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