Reading List for Unit 4, Rhetoric Stage

Unit 4 Reading List: Rhetoric Stage

As I mentioned earlier, I do not have Rhetoric Stage students, so this level of the guide is just a basic outline.

Literature Options

□  ^Horace, The Odes: New Translations by Contemporary Poets by Horace and J. D. McClatchy

□  ^On the Nature of Things (Penguin Classics) by Lucretius and translated by Alicia Stallings (Epicurean philosophy)

□  ^The Aeneid by Virgil and translated by Robert Fagles

□  ^Metamorphoses (Signet Classics) by Ovid and translated by Horace Gregory

□  ^On the Incarnation by Athanasius (early Christian theology)

□  ^The Ides of April by Mary Ray (historical fiction based in Rome)

□  Beyond the Desert Gate by Mary Ray (sequel to The Ides of April)

□  ^Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Shecter (historical fiction about Cleopatra’s daughter)

□  Roman Blood: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor

□  The Ides of March by Valerio Massimo Manfredi (novel about the assassination of Julius Caesar)

□  ^Pompeii: A Novel by Robert Harris

□  ^The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (inspired by gladiator fights of ancient Rome, first book of a triology)

□  Early Irish Myths and Sagas by Jeffrey Gantz

□  ^Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier (retelling of a Celtic tale)

□  Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1 by Kevin Hearne (urban Celtic fantasy)

History Options

□  HOTAW: Part Five: Identity

o   #Ch. 65: The Peloponnesian Wars

o   Ch. 66: The First Sack of Rome

o   #Ch. 67: The Rise of the Ch’in

o   #Ch. 68: The Macedonian Conquerors

o   Ch. 69: Rome Tightens Its Grasp

o   Ch. 70: Alexander and the Wars of the Successors

o   #Ch. 71: The Mauryan Epiphany

o   #Ch. 72: First Emperor, Second Dynasty

o   Ch. 73: The Wars of the Sons

o   Ch. 74: Roman Liberators and Seleucid Conquerors

o   #Ch. 75: Between East and West

o   Ch. 76: Breaking the System

o   Ch. 77: The Problems of Prosperity

o   Ch. 78: New Men

o   Ch. 79: Empire

o   #Ch. 80: Eclipse and Restoration

o   Ch. 81: The Problem of Succession

o   Ch. 82: The Edges of the Roman World

o   #Ch. 83: Children on the Throne

o   Ch. 84: The Mistake of Inherited Power

o   Ch. 85: Savior of the Empire

□  ^The Republic and the Laws (Oxford World’s Classics) by Cicero and translated by Niall Rudd

□  ^The Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans by Plutarch

□  ^The Annals (Oxford World’s Classics) by Tacitus and translated by J. C. Yardley (Roman history)

□  ^In Search of Ancient Ireland: The Origins of the Irish from Neolithic Times to the Coming of the English by Carmel McCaffrey and Leo Eaton

□  Library Call Numbers: 355.009 (Roman army), 398.309 (Roman mythology), 709.37 (Roman art), 796.8 (gladiators), 875.01 (Cicero), 920.038 (Plutarch), 936.4 (ancient Celts), 937 (ancient Rome), 937.07 (Tacitus), 937.6 (Colosseum), 937.7 (Pompeii), Biographies (noteworthy individuals)

Activity Book(s)

□  Study and Teaching Guide: The History of the Ancient World by Julia Kaziewicz



□  Free study guide for Horace’s Odes (includes focus questions, commentary, and writing assignments):

□  Free study guide for On the Nature of Things by Lucretius:

□  Free study guide for Virgil’s Aeneid:

□  Free study guide for Ovid’s Metamorphoses:

□  Free study guide for Athanasius’s On the Incarnation (Erksine College, a Presbyterian school):

□  Free study guide for The Ides of April by Mary Ray:

□  Free discussion questions for Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Schecter:

□  Free discussion questions for Pompeii: A Novel by Robert Harris:

□  Free study guide for The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins:

□  Free discussion guide for The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins:

□  Free reader’s guide for Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier:

□  Free site with fairy and folk tales from various cultures and religions, including Celtic tales:


□  Free study guide for Cicero:

□  Free study guide for Plutarch’s Lives of Noble Grecians and Romans:

□  Free discussion questions for Tacitus’s Annals (scroll down):–empire.html

□  Free lesson plans for In Search of Ancient Ireland:

□  Register for PBS LearningMedia to gain free access to videos on various relevant topics.

□  Free eyewitness accounts of ancient history:


About Laura

I've been homeschooling since 2005. I have six children (born 2000 - 2012). We are eclectic in our approach with a bit more Well-Trained Mind philosophy over anything else.
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