Liberal Arts Level 6: Upper-School Ancient Classics (Roman Year)

Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: 9–12
Schedule: 3x / week, 60–75 min.
Credits: 2
Price: $695.00

Course Section
Section 1:
 M/W/F 11:00 a.m. ET with Mr. Lockridge

Joint Enrollment: This course is offered as a joint-enrollment class between Scholé Academy and St. Raphael School. Students from both schools are welcome and encouraged to enroll in this dynamic upper-level course.

Two-Year Rotation: Click for Details

Our liberal arts curriculum is designed to offer the heart of a classic literature based education integrated into a single course. Taught in the spirit of Orthodox Christianity through a restful (scholé) pedagogy, the courses span 6 levels on a two-year rotation, plus level 7, for a total of 13 years of unique material. Class sizes are limited so that interactions within the classroom are personal and cultivate depth of learning.

Book lists for both Rotation A and Rotation B are listed in the course materials tab. For the 2019–2020 school year, you only need to purchase the books for Rotation B.

Click here to view the scope and sequence of our Liberal Arts Curriculum.

Great Books Pedagogy: This course offers high school students an in-depth exploration of the classics—the best, most beautiful, and most influential books of civilization. Students will read and discuss important texts from the three ancient cultures that became the inheritance of the classical Christian world: the Hebrews, the Greeks, and the Romans. Rooted in the tradition of the Great Books, Scholé Academy’s history and literature courses focus on primary sources.

Students will approach these works as both a window and a mirror. As a window, these texts offer a point of access to the cultures and stories of real people who inhabited the pre-Christian world. Yet classic texts speak not only of other times; they appeal to timeless truths. By considering oneself in the light of enduring concepts of wisdom, justice, and virtue, readers are compelled to take a careful look in the mirror. The study of classic works naturally leads to the practice of the Socratic method, the goal of which is to humbly “know thyself.”

Greek and Roman Years: This course features deep engagement with select works in a wide variety of genres—epic poetry, lyric poetry, drama, moral philosophy, natural philosophy, historical narrative, myth, biography, wisdom literature, laws, and speeches. Given the range of material available from antiquity, it is impossible to capture the full scope in a single-year course.

This course will operate on a two-year rotation. Both years will include selected works from four important traditions—Hebrews, Greeks, Romans, and the early Christians. The first year will emphasize the Greek tradition (“Greek Year”), while the second rotation will emphasize the Roman (“Roman Year”). Students can take a single rotation to receive a strong introduction to the ancient classics, or they may take both years to get the full experience. A specific order is not required for students who wish to take both rotations—they are modular.

Goals: What should students expect from this course? First, we aim to create a supportive environment in which students may practice the art of close reading, grow in their love of the classics, and be inspired to return to them throughout their lives. The teacher will serve as an experienced guide and an encouraging coach.

Brief and informative secondary texts, such as a historical atlas, as well as brief in-class lectures by the teacher, will provide students with contextual understanding—geography, timeline, current historical research, and archaeological findings. Thus, while emphasizing close reading of primary texts, students will survey the historical period, acquire important background knowledge, and gain a clear historical perspective.

Faithful Scholarship: Study of the pre-Christian world offers ample opportunities to see the ways in which Christendom adopted and transformed—one might even say transfigured—the pagan world. The course will emphasize those aspects of antiquity which illuminate early Christianity and anticipate the rise of Christendom. 

To read pagan authors faithfully requires at least two important disciplines. First, we must approach the texts charitably, avoiding a critical spirit motivated by defensiveness and fear. We treat classic authors as if they were friends who have something to teach us. This leads to the second discipline: as we read with charity, we will learn to glean every available truth and “take every thought captive” for the sake of Christ.

Credit hours: The modern subjects of “history” and “literature” do not do justice to the rich variety of works represented in the Great Books of civilization. While it is not possible to separate this material into two distinct courses, successful students will nonetheless gain both an understanding of ancient history and a facility in the art of reading ancient literature. Thus, graduates of the course may list it as two credits—both “history” and “literature”—on their high school transcript.

Assessment: Students will be assessed on reading completion and comprehension. They will regularly report their progress to the instructor and answer questions about the reading. In addition to reading, students will be expected to participate in class (regular attendance, active attention, and appropriate contributions), complete short compositions (1–3 paragraphs), and memorize occasional brief passages (3–10 lines).

How much time will students spend on homework?
This varies by student according to his or her pace. However, students are generally assigned 5–7 hours of reading each week, keeping in mind that this is a two-credit history and literature course.

Placement: Placement recommendations are slightly different for Scholé Academy students and St. Raphael School students, depending on the coursework completed prior to this class.

St. Raphael School

  • This course is suitable for rising 9th–12th graders who have completed all cycles of liberal arts levels 1–5 and/or one cycle of level 6.
  • Students are expected to have strong reading skills as well as an interest and a capacity for discussing literature and history.
  • Compositions will be assessed according to the grade-level of the student.
  • Click here to view how this course fits into the St. Raphael School Liberal Arts curriculum scope and sequence.

Scholé Academy

  • This course is suitable for rising 10th–12th graders.
  • Students are expected to have strong reading skills as well as an interest and a capacity for discussing literature and history.
  • Compositions will be assessed according to the grade-level of the student.

*Required Texts:

2019–2020: Rotation B (Roman Year)

  • The Wisdom Books, trans. Robert Alter (9780393340532)
  • Works and Days and Theogony, Hesiod (9780872201798)
  • Greek Tragedies 1 (9780226035284)
  • Selected Dialogues of Plato (9780375758409)
  • Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle (9780872204645)
  • The Early History of Rome, Livy (9780140448092)
  • Roman Lives, Plutarch (9780199537389)
  • Aeneid, Virgil (9780872207318)
  • On the Good Life, Cicero (9780140442441)
  • Early Christian Writings (9780140444759)
  • Meditations, Marcus Aurelius (9780812968255)
  • Confessions, Augustine (9780199537822)
  • The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece (9780140513356)
  • The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome (9780140513295)

*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.

 

NOTE: The books listed above are for the upcoming school year and are required texts. The books listed below are for the next rotation of this class which will run in the 2020–2021 school year. These texts are listed for reference only and will not be used in the upcoming school year.

2020–2021: Rotation A (Greek Year)

  • The Wisdom Books, trans. Robert Alter (9780393340532)
  • Iliad, Homer (9780872203525)
  • The Histories, Herodotus (9781400031146)
  • Republic, Plato (9780465094080)
  • Greek Tragedies 1 (9780226035284)
  • The History of the Church, Eusebius (9780140445350)
  • Early Christian Lives (9780140435269)
  • The Desert Fathers (9780140447316)
  • On the Incarnation, Athanasius (9780881414271)
  • The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece (9780140513356)
  • The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome (9780140513295)

Adam Lockridge, mentor teacher, is an experienced classical educator who was raised in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. It was there that he met his wife, Rachel, who continues to be his greatest blessing and encouragement. They met in high school and were married as students at the University of Kansas, where Adam studied philosophy and Rachel studied art education. In addition to studying together at KU, Rachel and Adam spent their second year of marriage as Fellows at the Trinity Forum Academy in Maryland. He later taught upper-school humanities at a classical school in Tennessee for seven years. At KU, Adam was first exposed to many of the writers who would later inspire his teaching—especially Plato and the other Greek philosophers. He went on to complete his master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Memphis. alockridge@scholeacademy.com

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.

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To download Zoom:

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

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