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This is our reading list for 12th grade (2010-2011).  The key to Year 12 is to choose books that are of interest to your student.  Ancient History can be dull and dry reading for some students.  Carefully examine all books (for inappropriateness -- there is much unpleasantness and sin in this period), and then choose ones that provide interest.  The goal is to gently expose the period to the student, rather than attempt fill a bucket with knowledge.  The amount of knowledge contained in ancient literature is astonishing -- no student should be expected to read it all.  Pick and choose and let the rest go for a later day and time.

Reading List

Bible & Devotions

  • Daily Reading
  • Streams in the Desert: An Updated Edition in Today's Language L.B. Cowman
  • The Courage To Run: Inspiration for Winning the Race of Your Life by Jim Ryun
  • My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

History (choose one)

  • The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Van Loon (ch. 3-25) or
  • The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome by Susan Wise Bauer

  • Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times by Prof. Thomas R. Martin

  • The Oxford History of Greece & the Hellenistic World by John Boardman, Jasper Griffin, and Oswyn Murray

  • Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire by Simon Baker

  • Ancient Rome: from the earliest times down to 476 A. D. by Robert Franklin Pennell

Supplemental Reading (choose one or more)

  • History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
  • The Histories by Herodotus
  • The History of Rome by Livy
  • Life in Ancient Rome (Perigee) by F. R. Cowell
  • Everyday Life in Ancient Rome by Lionel Casson

Biographies (choose as many as you like)

  • The Stories of the Greeks or The Story of the Romans by H. Guerber
  • The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius or just selected bios of Augustus, Julius, Nero, etc.
  • Augustus Caesar's World by Genevieve Foster (good background info, easy reading)
  • Select biographies on personalities such as Julius Caesar, Jesus Christ, Pontius Pilate or other key figures of Greece and Rome are appropriate

Geography (choose from any)

  • A Book of Discovery by M. B. Synge (easy reading at
  • Ancient Greece: A Journey Back in Time (Lost Treasures of the Ancient World) (DVD)
  • The Cambridge Illustrated History of Ancient Greece (Cambridge Illustrated Histories) by Paul Cartledge
  • Ancient Rome - the Glorious Empire (Lost Treasures of the Ancient World) (DVD)


  • The Republic by Plato
  • The Last Days of Socrates by Plato


  • Plutarch's Lives


  • Modern Fascism by Gene Edward Veith
  • Thinking Like a Christian or another good Apologetics study course would be an excellent choice
  • Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong: A Biblical Response to Today's Most Controversial Issues by John MacArthur

Literature (all if you can, or just a couple if you like)

  • The Iliad by Homer
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • The Aeneid by Virgil
  • The Metamorphosis by Ovid
  • The Orestia by Aeschylus (or choose the Theban Tragedies by Sophocles)
  • Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis


  • World Masterpieces by W.W. Norton (may overlap with above -- count Homer, Virgil and Ovid as poetry so don't over do)


  • AO Shakespeare - specifically Julius Caesar; Antony and Cleopatra

Language Arts

  • Student Intensive Writing Workshop (IEW) if you need help with writing
  • Advanced Communication Series (DVDs) by Andrew Pudewa


  • Elective based on student interest

Art and Artist Study

  • Artistic Pursuits Senior High Curriculum

Music and Composer Study

  • AO Composers
  • Hymns and Folksongs
  • Instrument Lessons

Foreign Language Study

  • Elementary Greek

Work and Life Skills

  • CPR Course
  • Basic Auto Repair
  • Driver's Education
  • Christian Service






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