ROMANS: The Historians
Unit 2 of The Romans
Old Western Culture Curriculum
By Wes Callihan
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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.
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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.
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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.
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
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
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 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.
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