THE GREEKS year 1 DVD set includes:
Four units (16 DVDs, 20+ hrs of instruction), PDF Workbooks,
Teacher's Edition, course guide (4x), 17 texts in PDF
Table of Contents: 48 lectures, see "More Info" tab below.
The Greeks | Year One
Old Western Culture | 8 to 12 grade.
By Wes Callihan
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These are "The Great Books," they
are classics. Chances are you
own at least some of these books.
Feel free to use your own copy!
Specific translations and
editions are not required.
See "THE BOOKS" tab below.
You can also purchase your own
texts. We have links to
recommended translations under
our "THE BOOKS" tab below.
There are certain texts
we highly recommend in
Digital versions of ALL classic texts
are included with your purchase!
These may be read on tablets
such as the iPad or Kindle, or on
(free with purchase of DVDs), Answer Key, exams, eTexts for all the Great Books, and extra resources!
WHAT IS “OLD WESTERN CULTURE”?
“Old Western Culture” is a literature curriculum named after a term coined by C.S. Lewis to describe the fabric of ideas that shaped Western Civilization. For centuries, a “Great Books” education lay at the heart of what it meant to be educated. It was the education of the Church Fathers, of the Medieval Church, of the Reformers, and of all the Founding Fathers of the Unites States. It is a CLASSICAL EDUCATION, based on the great books of western civilization. It is a CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, which sees the history and literature of the West through the eyes of the Bible and historic Christianity. It is an INTEGRATED HUMANITIES CURRICULUM, bringing together literature, history, philosophy, doctrine, geography, and art. And it is a HOMESCHOOL oriented curriculum, made by homeschoolers with the needs of homeschooled in mind, including flexibility, affordability, and ease-of-use. We bring a master-teacher into your home, and encourage parents to gain an overview of Western Civilization themselves by watching the video lessons with their children.
HOW DOES OLD WESTERN CULTURE WORK?
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.
WHY DO PEOPLE LOVE WES CALLIHAN?
Wes Callihan is a master story teller! With a remarkable ability to communicate a passion for history and literature, he makes profound ideas accessible, relevent, and interesting. Also known for his distinctive "rabbit trailers," forays into funny and obscure historical anactodes, which have a way of showing up at the dinner table. (After all, rabbit trails are "hooks for the imagination and memory.") Wes Callihan is a true classical scholar, fluent in both Latin and Greek. He lectures only from the notes in the margins of his worn copies of the Great Books.
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.
When you purchase Old Western Culture: The Greeks you receive all 4 DVD sets or access to the online streaming portal for The Greeks.
Accompanying materials include:
- A Student Workbook and Answer Key in PDF format for each unit (optional physical versions available).
- A "Guide to the Art" booklet for each unit (inside each DVD case, or available in PDF for streaming edition).
- An A and B exam with teacher guide and answer key for each unit.
- 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.
COMPLETE LECTURE LIST FOR THE GREEKS
Average lesson length: 30 min
Lecture 1 - Introduction to Old Western Culture
Lecture 2 - The Backdrop to the Iliad.
Lecture 3 - The Anger of Achilleus. (Iliad I-IV)
Lecture 4 - The First Critical Turning Point. (Iliad V-IX)
Lecture 5 - The Deception of Zeus. (Iliad X-XV)
Lecture 6 - The Second Critical Turning Point. (Iliad XVI-XXI)
Lecture 7 - The Death of Hektor. (Iliad XXII-XXIV)
Lecture 8 - The Telemachy. (Odyssey I-IV)
Lecture 9 - The Court of Alkinoös. (Odyssey V-VIII)
Lecture 10 - Odysseus Tells of his Wanderings. (Odyssey IX-XII)
Lecture 11 - The Homescoming of Odysseus & The Judgement of the Suitors. (Odyssey XIII-XXIV)
Lecture 12 - he Legacy of Homer in Western Civilization.
DRAMA AND LYRIC:
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
Lecture 1 - Overview of Greek History
Lecture 2 - Herodotus 1: Introduction and Croesus
Lecture 3 - Herodotus 2: Stories of Egypt and the other nations
Lecture 4 - Herodotus 3: The Beginning of the Persian Wars and the Battle of Marathon
Lecture 5 - Herodotus 4: The Battle of Thermopylae
Lecture 6 - Herodotus 5: The Battle of Salamis, and the End of the Persian Wars
Lecture 7 - Thucydides 1: Introduction, Thucydides' Philosophy of History, and the Beginning of the Peloponnesian War
Lecture 8 - Thucydides 2: The Early Years, Pericles, and the Great Plague
Lecture 9 - Thucydides 3: Mytiline, Exile, Revolution, and Melos
Lecture 10 - Thucydides 4: The Sicilian Campaign, and the Downfall of Athens
Lecture 11 - Xenophon: The March of the Ten Thousand
Lecture 12 - The Lessons of Greek History
Lecture 1 - Overview of Greek philosophy, introduction to Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle
Lecture 2 - Plato: The Apology: Socrates, St. Paul, and The Doctrine of Wisdom
Lecture 3 - Plato: The Crito and Phaedo: Socrates, Christianity, and the doctrine of body and soul
Lecture 4 - Plato: The Phaedrus: Socrates, Augustine, Dante, C. S. Lewis, and the Dialectic of Desire; True teaching
Lecture 5 - Plato: The Republic: understanding morality
Lecture 6 - Plato: The Republic: The Forms and the influence on Medieval Christendom
Lecture 7 - Aristotle: The Metaphysics: Aristotle, Aquinas, and the Doctrine of Wisdom
Lecture 8 - Aristotle: The Metaphysics: the Cosmos in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Lecture 9 - Aristotle: The Ethics: Happiness the Chief End of Man
Lecture 10 - Aristotle: The Ethics: Friendship
Lecture 11 - Aristotle: The Poetics: Stories, Oedipus, and Jane Austen
Lecture 12 - The Lessons of Greek Philosophy
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. Advanced readers will have an advantage since the reading load is relatively heavy.
LICENSING FOR SCHOOLS AND CO-OPS
Schools, co-ops, or other non-family group settings have two main ways to use Old Western Culture.
DVDs with textbooks. When using the DVDs in a group setting like a school or homeschool co-op, we ask that each student have their own workbook. The workbook is the license in this context. No additional licensing is required for the DVD.
Our online self-paced version of Old Western Culture was designed for homeschool co-ops and small schools! This version allows each student to have an individual account and access to the videos, as well as self-grading comprehension quizzes after each assignment. Tutors and teachers can be set up to teach a group, and can see at a glance how each student is progressing. This is ideal for the co-op situation that meets once per week. This method allows students to come to class well prepared, having engaged with the material at a much deeper level, and with better questions, than if they had only read the texts.
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.
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 reading assignment and lecture, discussion questions to think about, and a host of further resources for the student that wants to go further (or study for a paper!). The Answer Key at the back of the textbook will give the recommended answer to all the essay questions. We encourage students to answer the questions on their own before referencing the Answer Key.
THE GREEKS BOOK LIST
If you would like to purchase hard copies of the texts for The Greeks, please purchase the texts below. While any editions and translations will do, the following list includes our recommended translations and editions.
THE EPICS BOOK LIST:
- The Iliad
- The Odyssey
DRAMA ANDL LYRIC BOOK LIST:
- 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
THE HISTORIES BOOK LIST:
- The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories
- The Landmark Thucydides
- Xenophon: The Persian Expedition
THE PHILOSOPHERS BOOK LIST:
- Plato: Six Greek Dialogues
- The Basic Works of Aristotle
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