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 available 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 Medieval Period (St. Benedict, Bede, Charlemagne, and Alfred the Great)
Unit 2: The Defence 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 available 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!
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
Relive the Great Books that shaped Western civilization!
4 DVD sets (16 DVDs total). Runtime: approx. 22 hrs. Part I, II, and III The Epics, Drama and Lyric, and The Histories shipping NOW. The Philosophers shipping at end of January.
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
These are the physical editions, and while recommended, are optional.
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.!
WHY STUDY THE ANCIENT GREEKS?
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!
The Greeks is a full year of instruction which includes four units: The Epics, Drama and Lyric, The Histories, and The Philosophers. With over 20 hours of video with accompanying exercises, and a robust reading load, The Greeks offers the homeschooler a complete literature and social studies course! Please visit the page for each unit for more information on the particular unit, such as lecture titles.
WHAT'S INCLUDED: When you purchase Old Western Culture: The Greeks you get all 4 DVD set or 1 year access to Self-Paced Online class. The DVDs come with a student workbook and Teacher's Edition workbook in PDF format (copies permitted within your own household), and a guide to the art booklet for each unit. See "The Books" tabs for more info.
COMPLETE LECTURE LIST FOR THE GREEKS
average lesson length: 30 min
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.
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.
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.
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 Teacher's Edition is included on the first disc of each unit, and permission is granted for unlimited reproduction within your immediate familiy.
We sell a physical workbook (with answer key) that covers all four units of The Greeks in one volume. This offers an alternative to using the PDFs, and reduces printing time, costs, and hassle. It is spiral bound, and like the PDFs, is reproducible within your immediate family.
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
SHIPPING & HANDLING
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.
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