ROMANS: The Historians

Unit 2 of The Romans
Old Western Culture Curriculum
By Wes Callihan

Join Wesley Callihan as he guides students through the writings of Livy, Tacitus, Sallust, Julius Caesar, Plutarch, Quintilian, and Cicero. Discover the original works that chronicle the early history of Rome from Monarchy, through Republic, to Empire. In this unit you will discover how the Roman philosophy of history shaped the lives and culture of the Roman people, how the Roman historians recognized the signs of cultural decay in their own day, and finally, how the persecution of the Early Church played a critical role in the spread of Christianity throughout the empire.

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  • ABOUT

    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 Romans (year 2 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-disciplinary connections of the works covered. After each lesson, students complete the assigned readings, and answer comprehension questions in the Student Workbook.

    WHAT BOOKS ARE COVERED IN YEAR 2, THE ROMANS?
    The Romans is divided into 4 units:
    1. The Aeneid. Works covered: The Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and other Roman epics.
    2. The Historians. Works covered: Various selections from Livy, Tacitus, Salust, Caesar, Plutarch, and Cicero
    3. Early Christianity. Works covered: Various selections from Clement, Ignatius, Irenaeus, Justin Martyr, and Eusebius
    4. Nicene Christianity. Works covered: selected readings Athanasius, Augustine, and Boethius.

    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, relevant, and interesting. Also known for his distinctive "rabbit trailers," forays into funny and obscure historical anecdotes, 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.

  • PREVIEW
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  • MORE INFO
    THE HISTORIANS is unit 2 of 4 of The Romans, year 2 in the Old Western Culture curriculum. The other three units include: The Aeneid, Early Christianity, and Nicene Christianity.

    CREDITS:
    THE HISTORIANS is worth a half-credit (literature/history). The full year curriculum is worth 2 full high school credits. (2 Humanities, or 1 literature and 1 history). We expect students to spend around 3 hours each day working on this course, over a period of 9 weeks (using recommended schedule). This is 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. While the reading might be considered heavy, it is very doable! Wesley Callihan has taught countless students the Great Books over more than 30 years - you're in good hands!

    WHAT'S INCLUDED: When you purchase Old Western Culture: The Historians you get all four DVD sets and/or access to the online streaming portal. The course comes with a student workbook and Answer Key, and a Guide to the Art booklet (physical booklet included with DVD) for each unit. See "The Books" tabs for more info.

    LECTURE LIST FOR THE HISTORIANS
    Average lesson length: 30 min

    Lessons:
    1. Livy I: Philosophy of history and the monarchy
    2. Livy II: Beginning and Heroes of the Republic
    3. Livy III: Threats to the Republic
    4. Tacitus I: Philosophy of history and Tiberius
    5. Tacitus II:Claudius
    6. Tacitus III:Nero
    7. Sallust: The Jugurthine War and the The Conspiracy of Catiline: The Republic in Decay
    8. Julius Caesar: The Gallic wars
    9. Plutarch's Lives I: Demosthenes and Cicero
    10. Plutarch's Lives II: Alexander and Caesar
    11. Cicero: Against Verres and Against Antony; On Duties
    12. Lessons from Roman History

    PREREQUISITES
    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 DVD set. Runtime: 7 hours 11 min.
  • THE BOOKS
    THE WORKBOOK
    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!). An Answer Key includes answers at the back of the book. We encourage students to answer the questions on their own before referencing the Answer Key.

    PDF VERSION
    Download the workbooks in PDF format from the MATERIALS PAGE.

    PHYSICAL WORKBOOK
    We sell a physical version of the workbook, which offers an alternative to using the PDFs, thus reducing printing time, costs, and hassle. It is perfect bound, and like the PDFs, is reproducible within your immediate family.

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