Old Western Culture is a 16 part, 4 year Great Books Humanities course. Click HERE for an overview of this curriculum series.


    Christendom is currently in production, and will be availble to ship Summer 2015.
    Christendom at a Glance:
    Unit 1: Early Medival Period (St. Benedict, Bede, Charlemagne, and Alfred the Great)
    Unit 2: The Defense of the Faith (Anselm, Geffrey of Monmouth, The Golden Legend)
    Unit 3: The Medieval Mind (Dante and Aquinas)
    Unit 4: The Reformation (Erasmus, Calvin, Spencer, and Chaucer)

    More detailed information, including specific assignments of above mentioned authors, lecture titles, and sample videos will be available closer to the publication date. If you have a specific question email info@romanroadsmedia.com with your question!

    Early Moderns is currently in production, and will be availble to ship Summer 2016.
    Early Moderns at a Glance:
    Unit 1: Early British Poetry (Metaphysical Poets, Milton, Shakespeare, and Bunyan)
    Unit 2: The Rise of Enlightenment (Bacon, Descartes, Locke, Rousseau, Jefferson, Burke, and Toqueville)
    Unit 3: Later British Poets(Neo-Classical Poetry, Victorian Poetry, and Romantic Poetry)
    Unit 4: The Novels (Austen, Dickens, Dostoevsky, and Hugo)

    More detailed information, including specific assignments of above mentioned authors, lecture titles, and sample videos will be available closer to the publication date. If you have a specific question email info@romanroadsmedia.com with your question!

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.

Make sure and visit our MATERIALS page HERE for the PDF version of the student workbook (free with purchase of DVDs), Answer Key, exams, eTexts for all the Great Books, and extra resources.!

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          If you could take only ten books to a deserted island on which you were to be marooned for the rest of your life, what would they be? As Mortimer Adler says, this is no game--we are all in precisely that position. We are simply unable to read all the books there are; therefore, we had better choose well. Some books exercise our minds by their rigor and move our spirits by their beauty with every reading, some books help us communicate with our culture because they have been a common element in education for centuries, some books aid our understanding of the physical world by a clear exposition of careful observations by powerful minds, but only a very few books do any of these things well. And as C. S. Lewis says, old books give us a radically different perspective on life and our assumptions, and no modern books can do this at all, no matter how good they are.

    As Christians, we understand that ours is an historical faith, one that originated, developed, and grew in certain times at certain places. To study and understand the long stream of history and thought, and to comprehend our place in that stream, is to increase our appreciation of our cultural inheritance, our ability to use wisely and build faithfully upon that inheritance, and our ability to understand and respond to God's work in history.

    The conclusion we may draw from all of this is that the old books are best, and the best of the old books are the best of all. That is why we read the Great Books.

    Join us in Old Western Culture as we explore the best of the old books, from a Christian perspective!


    Visit our all new SAMPLE LESSONS page!

    The Sample Page will allow you to take the Old Western Culture curriculum for a test drive! Watch full lessons from the curriculum, fun excerpts, browse the workbooks, exams, and art guides, as well as get to know Wes Callihan, the instructor.
    Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Hesiod, with mention and discussion of other minor poets and playwrights.

    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.

    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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    Title: Classical education, from a Christian perspective, created for the homeschool
    by: Joseph White, GA, USA | PRODUCT: Old Western Culture: The Greeks
    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.
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