Classical Studies is the natural companion to Latin. In classical studies, students study Greek mythology and Greek and Roman history and literature every year, gradually deepening their knowledge and understanding. This long grounding prepares students to read the classics of Greek, Roman, and English literature, and to study and understand the modern world.
Classical Studies Suggested Timeline:
Year 1: D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths
Year 2: Famous Men of Rome
Year 3: Famous Men of the Middle Ages
Year 4: Famous Men of Greece, The Trojan War, and Horatius at the Bridge
Year 5*: Iliad, Odyssey, and The Book of the Ancient Greeks
Year 6: The Aeneid and The Book of the Ancient Romans
Year 7: Greek Plays (Euripides, Sophocles, and Aeschylus)
Year 8: The Divine Comedy (Dante)
*If you don’t begin your classical education until middle or high school, we would suggest that you start with Year 5 and move forward from there. Before beginning your study of the classics, it is always helpful if your student has a basic knowledge of Greek mythology (D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths) and has read a retelling of the Trojan War (Olivia Coolidge’s The Trojan War).