Books/authors covered in this unit:
Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon
Table of Contents:
12 lectures, see "More Info" tab below.

Greeks: The Histories

Old Western Culture: The Greeks | The Histories
By Wesley Callihan

The Histories is the third installment in The Greeks, year one of Old Western Culture. In this unit, Wesley Callihan introduces the student to three of history's most influential early historians. Students will learn about Herodotus, "The Father of History", as they read his masterpiece, The Histories, and its inquiries into the origins of the Greco-Persian Wars. They will read and learn about Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War and its forays into the earliest expressions of political philosophy. And last they will read Xenophon's Anabasis, the famous account which reads like a novel as it chronicles the march of ten thousand Greeks soldiers on their treacherous journey home through enemy territory. Join Wesley and experience his contagious enthusiasm for learning as he draws from decades of teaching experience by summarizing, expositing, and drawing connections from the texts.

Greeks: The Histories contains a full color "Course Guide and Art Notes" booklet which you will find in the front cover of the DVD case. The student workbook and answer key is available in printable PDF format accessible on the DVD-ROM portion of disc 1. There you will also find a digital e-book version of all the assigned readings. SHIPPING NOW!

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    “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.

    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.

    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.

    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.


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    Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon.

    Lecture 1 - Overview of Greek History
    Lecture 2 - Herodotus 1: The Story of 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

    Average lesson length is 30 min.

    When you purchase The Histories you receive the DVD set, 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.

    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. A single unit of Old Western Culture would be a half credit.

    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 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.

    TEXTS: If you would like to purchase hard copies of the texts for The Histories, please purchase the texts below. While any editions and translations will do, the following list includes our recommended translations and editions. Remember that you can also use the included digital versions. See The Greeks page for an overview on original texts.

      - The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories
      - The Landmark Thucydides
      - Xenophon: The Persian Expedition

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