A one-semester course, worth five high school credits.  Includes readings and assignments from:  Bulfinch's Mythology;  The Aeneid and CliffsNotes: The Aeneid;  Plutarch's Lives: Volume 2;  CliffsComplete: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar;  Cicero: On the Good Life.


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.

A portion of every purchase made on Amazon after following the links here goes to help support St. Thomas Aquinas Academy's work. Thank you so very much for thinking of STAA when placing your book and general Amazon orders.

Semester 1: Roman Studies IA Study Guide

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Publisher/Copyright: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, . Softcover coil-bound workbook.
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
Student study guides and course plans for the first semester of the Roman Studies, A 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
  • Supplier: Retail or
Hardback; excellent glossary. Any edition will do, but this is our favorite.

The Aeneid [tr. Robert Fagles]

  • Author: Virgil
  • Publisher/Copyright: Penguin Classics, 2010. Print.
  • Translator: Robert Fagles
  • ISBN: 0143106295        978-0143106296
  • Supplier: Retail or
496 Pages.

Cliffs Notes: The Aeneid

  • Author: Richard McDougall and Suzanne Pavlos
  • Publisher/Copyright: Cliffs Notes, 2000. Print.
  • ISBN: 0764586807        978-0764586804
  • Supplier: Retail or

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

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

CliffsComplete: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Publisher/Copyright: IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., 2000. Print.
  • ISBN: 076458569X        978-0764585692
  • Supplier: Retail or
216 pages.

Cicero : On the Good Life [tr. Michael Grant]

  • Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Publisher/Copyright: Penguin Classics, 1971. Print.
  • Translator: Michael Grant
  • ISBN: 0140442448        978-0140442441
  • Supplier: Retail or
384 pages; 6 articles; appendices; maps; index.

STAA Student Zone

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Publisher/Copyright:
  • ISBN: n/a        
  • 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
  • Supplier: Retail or
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: Roman Literature IA

  • Author: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
  • Publisher/Copyright: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy, . Online Class.
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: St. Thomas Aquinas Academy
Small-group, advisor-led live online class for students in Grades 10 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.


COURSE OVERVIEW 18-week course plan:  Analytical reading and note taking with How to Read a Book.  Typically offered...
COURSE OVERVIEW A one-semester introduction to economic history, theory, and practice.  This course introduces studen...
COURSE OVERVIEW Formal five-paragraph essay training; assignments are coordinated with Church History I, Roman Histo...
Back to blog
1 of 5

Questions about all STAA has to offer?

How can we help you on your homeschooling journey? Our advisors are available by appointment to discuss enrolling in the full St. Thomas Aquinas Academy academic program, to help you place your STAA Study Guide order, and to help find great Live Classes to support your high school students. Choose an appointment type below to arrange a free, no-obligation telephone call or reach out by opening the chat widget in the bottom left corner of the site. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

St. Thomas Aquinas Academy ProgramDiscuss STAA Study Guides & Live Classes