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Wesley Callihan, author and course presenter of Old Western Culture: A Christian Approach to the Great Books, discusses The Iliad in this excerpt from the course. He talks about the various translations available, his favorite translation and why, and reads the first lines of The Iliad in the original Greek!
Old Western Culture is a highschool video course for the homeschool. It is a “Great Books” oriented education which spans 4 years of instruction. Divided into 16 units, Old Western Culture can be used as the core of your homeschool curriculum (covering the Humanities), or as a supplement to another curriculum.
There are many good cases for classical education that emphasize the need to be well-rounded, a critical thinker, steeped in Western heritage, etc. But a sometimes overlooked benefit of classical education, and specifically a Great Books education, is the benefit that a biblical scholar or pastor receives from knowing the stories and literature of the Western world. St. Paul spoke to a largely Greek audience. A pastor who is oblivious to the stories and literature of the Western (and therefore Greek) tradition will miss some of the richness of the text. Hear Dr. Ben Merkle, of Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho as he exposits this text from Ephesians, explaining the imaginary that Paul borrowed from the Iliad:
One of the weak elements of a traditional video course is the inability to ask direct questions to the teacher. Not with Old Western Culture! Ask your questions, and we’ll try to get them answered on film for you and everyone else! They can be about the text, or about general things like “Why read old books?” These videos will be hosted on www.oldwesternculture.com (still under development). You can already ask questions by leaving a comment below.
Enjoy, and ask questions!
First question: How has reading the Great Books affected you?
Wes Callihan, of Schola Classical Tutorials, has taught Great Books classes online for many years. He is now teaming with Roman Roads Media to produce “Old Western Culture: A Christian Approach to the Great Books.” Subscribe on the left to be notified when this course is available!
Fourty-eight students graduated, including 33 Bachelor of Arts students, 10 Associate of Arts students and five graduate students. Of the graduate students, three received a master’s degree in classical Christian studies, and two received a Master of Arts in Theology and Letters.
(by Luke Nieuwsma)
If you’ve found this website, you probably want your family to have a Christian education – that is, an education which is based upon the belief that the Bible is God’s Word, the ultimate guide for our lives. You probably believe that any education must stand on the foundation of the gospel – salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone. You probably realize how important it is that the next generation – your children – believe the truth and know how to reject the lies of the world. But you might wonder, “Why would I want a classical, Christian education?”
Let me give you an introduction to the world which thousands of Christian fathers and mothers and teachers have found compelling and captivating. Literally thousands of families have embraced this method and philosophy because classical, Christian education teaches children to think clearly and to love beauty and the past. Countless books by Christian educators are flooding publishers and websites because classical, Christian education nurtures children into life-long learners. And above all, many Christians today are diving into the world of classical education because classical, Christian education is the education of our past – of America, of medieval Europe, and of the church of Christ our King. Continue reading →