Old Western Culture is a 16 part, 4 year Great Books Humanities course. Click HERE for an overview of this curriculum series.


    Christendom is currently in production, and will be available to ship Summer 2015.
    Christendom at a Glance:
    Unit 1: Early Medieval Period (St. Benedict, Bede, Charlemagne, and Alfred the Great)
    Unit 2: The Defense 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)

    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 info@romanroadsmedia.com with your question!

    Early Moderns is currently in production, and will be availble 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 info@romanroadsmedia.com with your question!

Authors covered in this unit:
Aristotle and Plato.
Table of Contents:
12 lectures, see "More Info" tab below.

Greeks: The Philosophers

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

The Philosophers is the fourth and last unit of The Greeks, year one in the Old Western Culture curriculum. Wesley Callihan covers the most important works of Plato and Aristotle as he introduces students to the ideas that have been wrestled with by Western Civilization for over two thousand years. The texts covered in this unit include Plato’s Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Phaedrus, and Republic; and Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Ethics, and Poetics. Wesley draws from decades of teaching experience as he unpacks the concepts, dispels common misconceptions, and explains how the Christian church and society at large have been influenced by the ideas of these men—both for good and for ill.

Greeks: The Philosophers 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, Answer Key, and eTexts are available in PDF format on our MATERIALS page. There you will also find e-book versions (Kindle and/or PDF) of all the assigned readings. The spiral-bound version of the Student Workbook (with Answer Key) is available for purchase below.

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          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!


    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.
    Aristotle and Plato.

    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

    Average lesson length is 30 min.

    When you purchase Drama and Lyric 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.

    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 Answer Key can be downloaded here: RomanRoadsMedia.com/Materials.

    We sell a physical workbook (with answer key). This offers an alternative to using the PDFs, and reduces printing time, costs, and hassle.

    TEXTS: If you would like to purchase hard copies of the texts for The Philosophers, 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.

      - Plato: Six Greek Dialogues
      - The Basic Works of Aristotle

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    Title: Classical education, from a Christian perspective, created for the homeschool
    by: Stephanie 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.

    by: Lisa M. Nehring, Golden Grasses blog | PRODUCT: Old Western Culture: The Greeks
    This series is fantastic and every lesson is followed by cries of, "Just one more!" History, Literature, vocabulary, language studies, maps, mythology. Wes is a master teacher, and a fascinating story teller. You want this series!
    I finally had to limit the kids to 2 chapters a day, or they would just blow right through the whole series. It's not about them trying to get through the program because it's boring. It's about them trying to get through it because they are enchanted and mesmerized by the stories, the intrigue, the history, the literature and Wes Calihan's excellent ability to make history come alive. My kids are a bit under the recommended age for this program but they are thoroughly steeped in history. This program adds depth and substance to the historical framework that they've already established.

    by: Andrew B. | PRODUCT: Old Western Culture: The Greeks
    We watched two lectures this evening on Homer's Iliad from The Greeks. Everyone from 8 years old to 33 years old, all engaged with the splendid storytelling and explanation. Highest praise from RJ, 11, who hates to read and started out annoyed that we were doing this as a family; "this book is a thousand times better than anything I've ever read, except maybe the bible!".

    I keep going back to what Wes Callihan said in the first lecture, quoting C.S. Lewis: " The only palliative is to keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds, and this can be done only by reading old books." The clean sea breeze of the centuries, indeed. I really wish I had this when I was a child, but I'm glad to have it now.

    I highly recommend this series from Roman Roads Media.

    by: Jeff K. | PRODUCT: Old Western Culture: The Greeks
    I have always been a fan of classical Western Civilization and am an experienced post-education student. Life is busy and I just don't have the time to sit down, curled up to a good book. For years I have listened to lectures on CD/DVD from different teaching companies and I must say that this DVD is a first rate production. The lecturer is clever, witty, knowledgeable, and has an engaging style that will hold your interest from beginning to end. It will exceed your expectations.

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