REVIEWS | Old Western Culture

Old Western Culture - A Christian Approach to the Great Books by Wes Callihan

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Review by Exodus Books (written by Caleb Crossman): 

“But what if there was a single program that adequately covered key texts of Western literature; that was well-written, accurate, and Christ-centered; and that didn’t just mimic all the other courses? Well, there is. Old Western Culture: A Christian Approach to the Great Books is everything other Classical-style courses wish they were.”

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Review by Lisa Nehring, homeschool mom (Golden Grasses blog):

 What’s to love about this course and these products? Everything! Quality video production. World class teaching by classical educator Wesley Callihan of Schola Classical Tutorials and Hill AbbeyDemanding, challenging, mesmerizing content that will leave your student, no matter how steeped in history and classical studies, begging for more.

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Review by Cathy Duffy, author of 101 Top Homeschool Picks:

 Lectures, which are all presented by Wesley Callihan, make readily apparent his complete familiarity with each of these works. He speaks comfortably without notes as he provides background and commentary to help students understand each work at a much deeper level than if they read the books on their own. Callihan is a gifted teacher—so much so that I think parents might want to watch the lectures along with their students for their own enlightenment.

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Review by Laura, Homeschool mom, from My (re)Viewpoint:

The Greeks is taught by Wes Callihan, quite possibly the most engaging teacher of classical material I have encountered since my days at the University of St. Thomas. It is obvious that he loves what he is teaching, which is the mark of a truly great teacher. When he talks about Achilles and Agamemnon, you know that he feels their conflict and their emotions. You never have any doubt that he is going to lead you safely through the turmoil of Achilles’ last days. He teaches with confidence and enthusiasm, and it is infectious.

If you want your child to have a Great Books, classical education – either the kind you had or the kind you wish you had – Wes Callihan is the man to teach her.

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Review by Lynn, homeschool mom.

As a homeschool mom just venturing into classical education, I can tell you that Old Western Culture: The Greeks is super-easy to use. With schedules carefully laid out for you, you can easily plug and play. I like that all preparation is done for me and I need simply to enjoy listening to my children as they begin to think and talk and discuss ideology together.

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Review by Debra Brinkman, homeschool mom from Footprints in the Butter.

I’ve tried a lot of “great books” materials in the past. All have left me feeling inadequate and incapable. All of them. Old Western Culture though? This one is different.

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Review by Melissa Langley, homeschool mom from Grace Christian Homeschool.

Mr. Callihan speaks so eloquently on these topics and always keeps a Christ-centered approach. We can learn much from past mistakes and see clearly where God was left out – much chaos reigned. Teaching that to the next generation is not an option – it’s a must for Christians. To approach such pagan instruments is often difficult so this is a valuable resource for those intimidated by the subjects like I am.

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Review by Stephanie W, homeschool mom of 4 boys:

 This has to be the best curriculum we have found for studying the great classics! We’ve been homeschooling for about 15 years and have not found anything like this. Mr. Callihan is knowledgeable, engaging, and entertaining. He speaks to the students as if he is right there with them. Not only have they chosen excellent books but all the information that he shares with the student makes this a perfect Literature and Social Studies course. On top of that, they have included a booklet with some of the most beautiful artwork to accompany the course. It’s like walking through a museum.

Frequently, my son shares a story at the dinner table about what Mr. Callihan said. We all get to enjoy his stories. It also lets me know he’s “getting it.”

I would highly recommend this to any family interested in a Classical Christian education. You will not be disappointed with Old Western Culture or Roman Roads Media.


Review by Andrew B., homeschool dad:

 We watched two lectures this evening on Homer’s Iliad from The Greeks. Everyone from 8 years old to 33 years old, all engaged with the splendid storytelling and explanation. Highest praise from RJ, 11, who hates to read and started out annoyed that we were doing this as a family; “this book is a thousand times better than anything I’ve ever read, except maybe the bible!”.


I keep going back to what Wes Callihan said in the first lecture, quoting C.S. Lewis: ” The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books.” The clean sea breeze of the centuries, indeed. I really wish I had this when I was a child, but I’m glad to have it now.

I highly recommend this series from Roman Roads Media.


Review by Jeff K. (via Amazon – 5 star):

 I have always been a fan of classical Western Civilization and am an experienced post-education student. Life is busy and I just don’t have the time to sit down, curled up to a good book. For years I have listened to lectures on CD/DVD from different teaching companies and I must say that this DVD is a first rate production. The lecturer is clever, witty, knowledgeable, and has an engaging style that will hold your interest from beginning to end. It will exceed your expectations.


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