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Epic and the Person, Part One

Would you like to earn college credit while in high school?! Sign up today for this Epic course, which traces the vision of what it means to be human through the study of the epics of Greece, Rome, and the Catholic world. (See more for information on how to get optional college credit through Franciscan University for Eng 210.)

Total classes: 15

Suggested grade level: 11th to 12th grade. Advanced 9th- and 10th-grade students are welcomed (younger students are not eligible for college credit).

Suggested credit: One full semester Literature. For a full-year credit, follow with Epic and the Person. Part Two in the spring. Eligible for college credit through Franciscan University.

Special notes: This is Part One of a two-semester course. Students are expected to enroll in Part Two offered in the spring.

Parts One and Two of this course are part of the Franciscan University Advantage Program for dual enrollment. They align with FUS’s ENG210 for 3 college credits. For more information on the optional dual enrollment program and to see if your student is eligible, visit https://homeschoolconnections.com/resources/dual-enrollment-with-franciscan-university-of-steubenville/


The full two-semester course invites students to explore changing relations between the individual and society in and through classic examples of Western epic. Course readings allow students to see both continuity and difference in the passages from Greek and Roman epics (e.g., The Iliad and The Aeneid) to Dante’s Christian masterpiece, The Divine Comedy. St. Augustine’s reflections on the soul in the Confessions provide an important hinge in the course as we explore the movement from pagan classical to medieval Christian conceptions of culture, society, and selfhood.


Week One: Homer, The Iliad, Bks. 1-3, (skim these lines in Bk. 2, ll.484-877)

Week Two: The Iliad, Bks.4-6

Week Three: The Iliad, Bks. 8, 9, 15 ll.1-272, 16

Week Four: The Iliad, Bks. 18, 19, 20

Week Five: The Iliad, Bks. 21, 22, 24

Week Six: The Odyssey, Bks. 1,3,5, 9

Week Seven: The Odyssey, Bks. 10-12, 13-14

Week Eight: The Odyssey, Bks. 16, 18, 19, 20

Week Nine: The Odyssey, Bks. 21-24

Week Ten: The Aeneid, Bks. 1-2

Week Eleven: The Aeneid, Bks. 3-4

Week Twelve: The Aeneid, Bks. 5-6, (skim these lines in Bk. 6, ll. 1058-1165)

Week Thirteen: The Aeneid, Bks. 7-8. (skim these lines in Bk.7 890-1122)

Week Fourteen: The Aeneid, Bks. 9-10 (skim these lines in Bk. 10 ll.182-296, 424-605, 755-1064)

Week Fifteen: The Aeneid, Bks. 11-12

Materials and Homework

Materials: Homer, The Iliad, translated by Robert Fitzgerald, (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux) ISBN: 0374529051 (https://amzn.to/4cGrUus); Homer, The Odyssey of Homer, translated by Robert Fitzgerald, (Farrar Strauss and Giroux) ISBN: 0374525749 (https://amzn.to/4aGh6Lg); and Virgil, The Aeneid, translated by Robert Fitzgerald, (Vintage) ISBN: 9780679729525 (https://amzn.to/49ldHQI). FUS dual-enrollment students will have free access to a study guide and additional video lessons provided by the university.

Homework: Expect to spend two to three hours of reading per week. There will be auto-graded quizzes after each class for immediate feedback as well as weekly writings. The midterm will consist of short essays; the final is a 300-word paper.

**Note that the writing assignments and midterm & final papers are required for students who opt into the dual-enrollment program, and optional for others based on the parent’s requirements.

Important Dates

Class dates: Tuesdays, September 3 to December 17, 2024. (No class October 15)

Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)

Duration: 55 minutes

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