OLD WESTERN CULTURE
Old Western Culture: The Romans is a full year of instruction which includes four units: The Aeneid, The Historians, Early Christianity, and Nicene Christianity. With over 20 hours of video with accompanying exercises for each assignment, and a robust reading load, The Romans offers the homeschooler or school a complete literature and social studies curriculum.
- 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your question!
THE ROMANS year 2 DVD set (full year curriculum) includes:
Four units (16 DVDs, 20+ hrs of instruction), PDF Workbooks,
Teacher's Edition, course guide (4x), 19 texts in PDF.
Table of Contents: 48 lectures, see "More Info" tab below.
A Complete Humanities course!
Old Western Culture, Year 2
By Wes Callihan
Relive the Great Books that shaped Western civilization!
4 DVD sets (16 DVDs total). Runtime: approx. 22 hrs. PRE-ORDER ONLY. Shipping at publication. The Aeneid ships Summer 2014. Unit II, III, and IV ship before December 31st, 2014.
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.
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 ROMANS is a full year curriculum which includes four units: The Aeneid, The Historians, Early Christianity, and Nicene Christianity. With over 20 hours of video with accompanying exercises for each assignment, and a robust reading load, The Romans offers the homeschooler or classical school a complete literature and social studies course! Please visit the page for each unit for more information on that particular unit.
WHAT'S INCLUDED: When you purchase Old Western Culture: The Romans you get all four DVD sets or access to the online self-paced portal. 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 ROMANS
average lesson length: 30 min
1. Introduction to The Romans: Overview of Roman History, its importance to Old Western Culture, and a Survey of the books Covered in this series
2. Introduction to the Aeneid: Vergil, Secondary Epic, and the Writing, Worldview, and Influence of the Aeneid
3. Rome is an Idea (Aeneid Book I)
4. The Fall of Troy and The Wanderings of Aeneas (Aeneid Book II & III)
5. The Tragedy of Dido (Aeneid Book IV)
6. The Underworld (Aeneid Book V & VI)
7. The Broken Truce and the Shield of Aeneas (Aeneid Book VII & VIII)
8. The Tragedy of Nisus and Euryalos (Aeneid Book IX & X)
9. Camilla, Juno's Surrender, and the Death of Turnus (Aeneid Book XI & XII)
10. Metamorphoses I
11. Metamorphoses II
12. The Epics of Lucretius, Lucan, and Statius
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
Lecture List for Early Christianity, and Nicene Christianity coming soon!
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.
Each year of Old Western Culture is a double-credit Literature and History (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. While the reading might be considered heavy, it is very doable!
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 all the answers in essay format and can be found at the back of the Student Workbook. We encourage students to answer the questions on their own before referencing the Answer Key.
You may download the workbooks in PDF format from the MATERIALS PAGE.
We sell a physical versions of the workbooks available on this page as a bundle discount (all 4 units), or you may purchase the individual workbooks on the specific unit's page (click on appropriate cover on the top of this page to go to each unit). 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 ROMANS BOOK LIST
If you would like to purchase hard copies of the texts for The Romans, the following list includes our recommended translations and editions.
THE AENEID BOOK LIST:
- The Aeneid
- Ovid's Metamorphoses
- The excerpts of the other Roman Epics assigned in this term are included in the Student Workbook. You may purchase the physical workbook here, or download the PDF on the MATERIALS page.
THE HISTORIANS BOOK LIST:
EARLY CHRISTIANITY BOOK LIST:
NICENE CHRISTIANITY BOOK LIST:
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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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