14 yrs and up, $175 - Prerequisite: One other Intermediate level course.

“Over the wine-dark sea wended the terrible fleet of a thousand ships, on the inconstant ocean dancing….” In the world’s youth, Greek bards came up the world’s first fully-developed epic fantasy, full of unforgettable characters. Laugh at the hilarious story of Hermes who became a thief on the very day he was born! Soar over the bold Odysseus’s ship as he navigates hydras, enchantresses, and the perils of a treacherous sea – will he ever come home to reclaim his rightful kingdom? Will Aeneas survive to found the geat dynasty from which Rome will spring?  Brimming with cunning warriors, clever maidens, heartbreak and heroism, the Greek mythos is not to be missed!

This course is designed to build students up in familiarity and comfort with the cast of mortals and immortals that people the pages of these tales. Students will grow in confidence as they progress from modern-day retellings of myth to the original ancient writing. Socratic discussion allows them to mine the truths that lie in these tales, build up their critical thinking, and grow in communication skills.

To Buy:

  • The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge
  • The Odyssey by Homer (students are required to use either the translation by Robert Fagles [very vivid and concrete] or by Robert Fitzgerald [also very vivid, a little more lyrical.])

Reading List:

  • The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • The Aeneid Retold by Alfred J. Church
    (An online copy of this work will be provided to registered students.)