Greek Literature I & II: Two-part, full year course.  We start with an introduction to Greek myth using Bulfinch's Mythology. With that background, we move on to enjoy Homer's timeless epics—The Iliad and The Odyssey (and a brief selection from Herodotus).  The course ends with Aeschylus' Oresteia and Prometheus Bound (or Euripides’ Hippolytus) and Sophocles'



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 1: Greek Studies IB Study Guide

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Publisher/Copyright: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, . Softcover coil-bound workbook.
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Student study guides and course plans for the first 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

Bulfinch’s Mythology (out-of-print Avenel Books/Gramercy/Crown Publishers edition) [ORDER USED]

  • Author: Thomas Bulfinch
  • Publisher/Copyright: Avenel Books/Crown Publishers, 1979. Print.
  • ISBN: 0517274159        978-0517262771
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Hardback; excellent glossary. Any edition will do, but this is our favorite.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

  • Author: U.S. Catholic Church
  • Publisher/Copyright: USCCB Publishing, 2000. Print.
  • ISBN: 0385479670        978-0385479677
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846 pages. Any edition from any publisher will do. It is standard practice to reference the Catechism as "CCC" in print. The STAA course plans follow this practice.

Homer: The Iliad (tr. Richmond Lattimore)

  • Author: Homer
  • Publisher/Copyright: University of Chicago Press, 1961, 2011. Print.
  • Translator: Richmond Lattimore
  • ISBN: 0226470490        978-0226470498
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The 1961 or 2011 edition will work, just as long as you purchase an unabridged copy of Homer's "The Iliad" translated by Richmond Lattimore.

Cliffs Notes: Homer’s Iliad

  • Author: Bob Linn
  • Publisher/Copyright: Cliffs Notes/Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2000. Print.
  • ISBN: 076458586X        978-0764585869
  • Supplier: Retail or
128 pages.

STAA Student Zone

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  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy Student Zone
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.

Bulfinch's Mythology (Modern Library Classics)

  • Author: Thomas Bulfinch
  • Publisher/Copyright: Modern Library Classics, 1998. Print.
  • ISBN: 0375751475        978-0375751479
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888 pages. We prefer the out of print Avenel Books/Crown Publishers edition (ISBN 0517274159). If the Avenel Books/Crown edition is not available used in good condition for less than $17.00, order the Modern Library Classics edition.

Fall Live Class: Greek Literature IB

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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 first semester. Advisor grading of assignments is also available for students registered for this live class.


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