Books/authors covered in this unit:10 Greek playwrights and poets.
Table of Contents: 12 lectures, see "More Info" tab below for titles.
GREEKS: Drama and Lyric
Unit 2 of The Greeks
By Wesley Callihan
Drama and Lyric, part 2 of Old Western Culture: The Greeks, covers the beginning of drama and some of the earliest comedies and tragedies known to the Western world. This course includes lectures on the three primary tragedians from the Ancient Greek world, Sophocles, Aeschylus, and Euripides and also one of the most famous writers of Greek comedy, Aristophanes. The course also offers an introduction to Greek lyric poetry from the same era, including passages by Pindar, Sappho, and Quintus of Smyrna. A lecture on the minor epic poetry of Hesiod is also included as a complement to part 1 of Old Western Cutlure: The Greeks, "The Epics". The course includes lectures and reading assignments given by Wesley Callihan of Schola Classical Tutorials, and comes with a corresponding workbook with study questions and other materials.
Roman Roads Reader: Drama and Lyric Do to the variety of the selection of Greek poets and playwrights represented in this unit, Roman Roads has also published a reader that includes the selected works of 7 of the 10 authors. This reader will save the student the pain of tracking down the various assigned readings, as well as significantly cut back the cost of buying the various hard-copies. The reader is available in both paperback and e-book. The e-book is included with the purchase of the DVD as well as available (soon) on Amazon Kindle ($2.99) and iBooks (unknown price). Purchase the hard copy below, or visit its product page HERE to find out more.
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Old Western Culture is a video course. It is built around a master teacher, Wes Callihan. With decades of teaching experience, he guides students through the story of Western civilization. Each unit of The Greeks (year 1 of Old Western Culture) contains 12 video lessons (48 in year 1, approx 30 min each).
Each lesson begins with a brief review before jumping into summary, commentary, analysis, and inter-disciplnary connections of the works covered. After each lesson, students complete the assigned readings, and asnswer comprehension questions in the Student Workbook.
WHAT BOOKS ARE COVERED IN YEAR 1, THE GREEKS?
The Greeks is divided into 4 units:
1. The Epics. Works covered: The Iliad and The Odyssey
2. Drama and Lyric. Works covered: A collection of Greek plays and poetry.
3. The Histories. Works covered: Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon
4. The Philosophers. Works covered: selected readings from Plato and Aristotle.
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AUTHORS COVERED IN DRAMA AND LYRIC
Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Hesiod, with mention and discussion of other minor poets and playwrights.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Lecture 1 - Background of Greek Drama: Development of Theater
Lecture 2 - Background of Greek Drama: The Period, the Poets, and the Presentation
Lecture 3 - Aeschylus' Oresteia: The Agamemnon
Lecture 4 - Aeschylus' Oresteia: The Libation-bearers and The Eumenides
Lecture 5 - Sophocles' Oedipus the King
Lecture 6 - Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus
Lecture 7 - Euripides' Medea and Trojan Women
Lecture 8 - Aristophanes' The Frogs and The Clouds
Lecture 9 - Lyric Poetry: Sappho and Pindar, and Theocritus
Lecture 10 - Lyric Poetry: Hesiod
Lecture 11 - Lesser Epics: Quintus of Smyrna, The Fall of Troy
Lecture 12 - Lesser Epics: Apollonius of Rhodes, The Argonautica
Average lesson length is 30 min.
When you purchase Drama and Lyric you receive the DVD set, or access to the online streaming portal.
Accompanying materials include:
- A Student Workbook and Answer Key in PDF format (optional physical version available).
- A "Guide to the Art" booklet (inside the DVD case).
- An A and B exam with teacher guide and answer key.
- All required texts in eText (PDF and Kindle edition). Physical books recommended for the pleasure of the reader.
All these materials, including full lessons, can be previewed on our Sample Page.
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We encourage schools to do the same. This is known as "flipping the classroom," a term made popular by Salman Khan. The basic principle is to use the homework time as the lecture time through video, and class time for more in-depth discussion. While becoming popular due to Khan's influence and the advance of technology, this is very much in line with the principles of classical education, where lecture is followed by "recitations," or, small group interaction and socratic discussion.
Each year of Old Western Culture is a double-credit Literature and Social studies course. The double-credit assumes that the student will watch all the videos, read the required reading, answer the daily worksheets, and take 4 exams (one for each unit). This a robust course academically, and requires a lot of reading. Wesley Callihan will coach your student on how to approach the reading in the video. Average daily reading load is 30-40 pages. A single unit of Old Western Culture would be a half credit.
To better understand the scope and sequence of the course, we offer this more detailed breakdown of the credits.
As an "integrated humanities" course, Old Western Culture will constantly be incorporating history, doctrine, philosophy, art, art history, and of course literature.
The workbook gives the student questions to answer for every lesson, discussion questions to think about, and further resources for the student that wants to go further (or study for a paper!). It also contains answers to the questions in the Teacher's Edition, but we encourage students to answer the questions on their own before referencing the Teacher's Edition.
A PDF digital version of each unit's workbook is included with the DVD purchase. A physical workbook covering all 4 terms of The Greeks is available from the year one set purchase page.
Updated digital versions will be available from our "Further Resources" page.
Below is a list of all the required reading. We highly recommend using our Roman Roads Reader: Drama and Lyric for this unit. We have collected 7 of 10 authors into this one book, saving you the hassle of buying 7 seperate books (often only needing to read a portion). This also significantly lowers the cost of physical books. A digital e-book version is included with every DVD purchase, and the hard copy may be purchased here or at other retailers.
For the three titles not included, click the author name for an Amazon link.
We include PDF digital versions of ALL texts (our Reader, and other titles) on the first DVD of Drama and Lyric. (Use your computer DVD-ROM drive to access these). In some cases the available PDF is not the prefered translation or format. For those wishing to buy the physical boooks, click the author name below.
- Aeschylus (The Oresteia)
- Sophocles (Oedipus the King and Oedipus at Colonus)
- Aristophanes (The Frogs and The Clouds)
- Eurpipides (The Medea and The Trojan Women) included in Roman Roads Reader
- Sappho (various poems) included in Roman Roads Reader
- Pindar (collection of Odes) included in Roman Roads Reader
- Theocritus (Idyls I, VI, VII, and XI) included in Roman Roads Reader
- Hesiod (Works and Days) included in Roman Roads Reader
- Quintus of Smyrna (The Fall of Troy) included in Roman Roads Reader
- Apollonius of Rhodes (The Argonautica) included in Roman Roads Reader
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