OLD WESTERN CULTURE
Old Western Culture is a 16 part, 4 year Great Books Humanities course. Click HERE for an overview of this curriculum series.
- THE GREEKS
- THE ROMANS
Christendom is currently in production, and will be availble to ship Summer 2015.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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your question!
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)
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 email@example.com with your question!
Books covered in this unit: The Iliad and The Odyssey.
Table of Contents: 12 lectures, see "More Info" tab below for titles.
GREEKS: The Epics
Unit 1 of The Greeks
By Wesley Callihan
"The Epics"covers the two great poems of Homer: The Iliad and the Odyssey. Join Wesley Callihan, a veteran teacher of the classics, as he guides the student through the world of Homer. In story-like fashion, he steers the reader through the plot, poetic devices, background, philosophy, history, and beauty of the poems, as well as how we should approach these monuments of Western culture from a Christian perspective. This course doubles as a museum field trip! Throughout the history of western culture, the classics have always been the subject matter of artistic inspiration. As you study the epics of Homer, you will have the opportunity to see over a hundred exhibits, ranging from historical artifacts to famous renditions of Homeric scenes in classical painting. The DVD set includes a full-color booklet guide to the most important artwork contained in the course. The student workbook contains study questions for each lesson, discussion questions, a roadmap to additional resources, a final exam, as well as an answer key.
As a "Great Books" course, the primary textbook is the great books themselves. We offer recommended translations, but if you already own any of these books, or want to get them online for free or on your tablet, feel free to do so!
NEW: Additional FREE resources for Old Western Culture HERE.
INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
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.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1. Introduction to Old Western Culture
2. The Backdrop to the Iliad.
3. The Anger of Achilleus. (Iliad I-IV)
4. The First Critical Turning Point. (Iliad V-IX)
5. The Deception of Zeus. (Iliad X-XV)
6. The Second Critical Turning Point. (Iliad XVI-XXI)
7. The Death of Hektor. (Iliad XXII-XXIV)
8. The Telemachy. (Odyssey I-IV)
9. The Court of Alkinoös. (Odyssey V-VIII)
10. Odysseus Tells of his Wanderings. (Odyssey IX-XII)
11. The Homescoming of Odysseus & The Judgement of the Suitors. (Odyssey XIII-XXIV)
12. The Legacy of Homer in Western Civilization.
Average lesson length is 30 min.
When you purchase The Epics you receive the DVD set, Blu-Ray, 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.
Old Western Culture is intended for mature and discerning students. We recommend this course for ages 14 and up. The course will deal with mature themes such as paganism, sexual immorality, battle scenes (mostly in actual reading), and classical paintings. Old Western Culture is meant to equip your child with a Biblical lens from which to process these themes. We assume your child has a working knowledge of the Bible and basic Christian doctrine.
4 DVDs. Region 0. Runtime: 5hrs. UPC: 635961215325
The workbook gives the student questions to answer for every lesson, discussion questions to think about, and a host of further resources for the student that wants to go further (or study for a paper!). A Teacher's Edition includes all the answers. We encourage students to answer the questions on their own before referencing the Teacher's Edition.
A PDF version of the Workbook and Answer Key can be downloaded here: RomanRoadsMedia.com/Materials.
We sell a physical workbook (with answer key). This offers an alternative to using the PDFs, and reduces printing time, costs, and hassle.
THE GREAT BOOKS
The Epics uses two primary texts: The Iliad and The Odyssey. Wesley Callihan recommends the translations by Richmond Lattimore. Quotations from the text in the course will reference the line numbers of Lattimore's translation. However these particular translations are not required. If you own a different version of either book, feel free to use it. Or you can go online and access many of these books for free! Kindle owners can purchase Lattimore's translation of the Iliad or The Odyssey at a very good price!
GUIDE TO THE ART
Old Western Culture is not an art course. However, due to the subject matter there are over 100 examples of classical art incorporated throughout the course! It's like taking a field trip to some of the greatest museums while studying the subject matter of the paintings! Since the course generally does not talk about the paintings themselves, the art booklet (included with every DVD, Blu-Ray, and Portal purchase) covers some of the most important paintings and art, explaining its background, history, and what made it famous.
Old Western Culture contains judiciously chosen works of classical art that may include occasional nudity. We are in the process of filming a video that better explains our position on how we view the artistic heritage of the West as Christians. In the meantime, we feel THIS ARTICLE, The Naked Truth by Ty Fischer of Veritas Academy, reflects our position.
We charge a flat shipping rate of $7 for our physical products. You will only receive one charge per order regardless of quantity.
INTERNATINAL SHIPPING: In an effort to encourage homeschoolers abroad, we offer the same flat shipping rate of $7 per order for our international customers!
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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.