Course Descriptions

Ancient History

This course covers the history, culture, and thought of the Ancient Greeks and Romans.  Students will build a general framework about the geography peoples, conflicts, and ideas of Ancient Greece and Rome.  Within that frame, students will learn to talk specifically about significant battles, various political systems, influential ideas, and important people. Ultimately, students should also develop an independent ability to connect the ancient world with other historical periods and their own experiences.

Medieval History

 

This course examines the medieval history of the West, broadly construed to include Late Antiquity and ending with the dawn of the Renaissance. The texts especially highlight the role of the Church as a major force in shaping Western culture. This course also looks at how the encounter between East and West, especially in the Mediterranean world and Levant, has shaped our history. Significant time is also spent on medieval Britannia. This survey course is designed to engage student participation and discussion in the Socratic seminar style, while introducing the skills needed to work confidently with a broad range of primary sources. Various arts of the medieval world are also studied in order to better understand the period, including architecture, music, and the visual arts.

Ancient Literature

This course introduces the student to the important works of the ancient period in a variety of genres, from epic poetry to theatrical plays and autobiography (St. Augustine). The student will be able to trace the relationship between the Greek epic and the Roman epic . The student will encounter works that emphasize the Greek values of honor and wit and the Roman virtue of pietas . The important contributions of the Greek and Roman cultures to later cultures will be discussed.

This course also contains an English language component, including the study of vocabulary and effective writing.


 

Medieval Literature

This course introduces the student to the important works of the medieval period in a variety of genres, from epic poetry to chivalric romances and theatrical plays. The student will be able to trace the development of the epic form from the Greek and Roman stages (studied in previous years) to Dante’s development of the Catholic epic in his Inferno. The student will encounter works that emphasize the Christian virtues of chivalry and courtesy and their importance in medieval society. The influence of the Christian world on the development of medieval literature will be analyzed.


This course also contains an English language component, including the study of vocabulary and effective writing.

 

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