So I'm in the throes of trying to decide what literature to make my Highschoolers (freshman level) work on this year. We are also doing a World History overview. Very high level, broad strokes overview.
So I'm thinking Odyssey would be a good piece of lit to start with. And if you start with the Odyssey and ancient history, perhaps the Gilgamesh Epic would be a good thing to follow up with. But if you read Gilgamesh, you need to read Genesis along side it. After you read Genesis, it would be logical to just finish out the pentateuch followed by the other Old Testament Historical books. But if you are going to read those, you need to familiarize yourself with the Wisdom literature while you are at it. But if you are going to become familiar with Biblical Wisdom Lit. it would be good to read something like the Instruction of Amenemope for comparison.
And while we are at it, a thorough familiarity with Ancient Greek texts and philosophers would be in order.
And if one is studying Ancient Greek texts, it would be good to read up on how the Early Church Fathers used ancient Greek philosophy to defend the gospel. Styles of rhetoric could be compared. Chrysostom's sermons could be studied.
And as we move forward in time, some Medieval texts must be learned as well.
And then I remember these are High School students we are talking about, and not Master's degree or Ph.D. students. And just because I wish I'd been thus educated does not mean this is the right time or place...
And so after the Odyssey what should we study? Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, perhaps? Uncle Tom's Cabin? Who knows. Whatever. It seems there's no rhyme or reason to ANY of the lit lists I've looked at. But then...it's just freshman year of High School.