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Old Western Culture: Christendom is a full-year literature and history curriculum for high school students (and above). Hosted by storyteller and veteran teacher Wesley Callihan and other classical educators, learn about the greatest and most influential works in Western Civilization. Learn about St. Benedict, Charlemagne, and Alfred the Great in the first unit, Early Medievals. Discover the real story behind the Crusades in the second unit, The Defense of the Faith. Travel through through ‘ Dante’s Divine Comedy in the third unit, The Medieval Mind. And finally, sit down with John Calvin and other Reformers and learn about the Reformation in the final unit, The Reformation.
The course is intended for high school aged students (14+), as well as for the adult enrichment student. 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.
The subscription comes with a downloadable 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.
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. Advanced readers will have an advantage since the reading load is relatively heavy.
Each year of Old Western Culture is a double-credit homeschool 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.
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1. Historical Overview of Christendom
2. Benedict’s Rule and Monasticism
3. Transition to the Middle Ages
4. Procopius and Gregory
5. Maximus the Confessor
6. Celtic Christians
8. Bede I: Early History of England
9. Bede II: The Coming of Christianity
10. Bede III: The Confirming of Christianity
11. Lives of Charlemagne and Alfred
12. John of Damascus
DEFENSE OF THE FAITH:
1. Historical Overview of the High Middle Ages
2. Anselm’s Ontological Argument
3. Anselm’s Monologium 1
4. Anselm’s Monologium 2
5. Anselm’s Why God Became Man 1
6. Anselm’s Why God Became Man 2
7. History of the Kings of Britain 1
8. History of the Kings of Britain 2
9. The Golden Legend
10. Historical Overview of the Crusades
11. The Conquest of Constantinople
12. The Life of St. Louis
THE MEDIEVAL MIND:
1. Introduction to The Medieval Mind
2. Aquinas’ Compendium I
3. Aquinas’ Compendium II
4. Aquinas’ Compendium III
5. Introduction to Dante
6. The Inferno I
7. The Inferno II
8. Purgatorio I
9. Purgatorio II
10. Paradiso I
11. Paradiso II
1. Introduction to Renaissance and Reformation
2. Canterbury Tales 1
3. Canterbury Tales 2
4. Canterbury Tales 3
5. From Premodern to Modern Times
6. Predecessors to the Reformation
7. Luther and 16th Century Reform
8. International Calvinism
9. The Reformation in England
10. Spenser 1
11. Spenser 2
12. Spenser 3
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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.
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: Vergil’s Aeneid, Ovid’s Metamorphoses
2. Historians. Works covered: Livy: The Early History of Rome, Books I-V; Sallust: Catiline’s War, the Jugurthine War, Histories; Julius Caesar: The Gallic Wars; Tacitus: The Annals of Imperial Rome; Plutarch’s Lives Vol. 1; Suetonius: The Twelve Caesars; Pliny the Younger: The Letters; Quintillian: The Orator’s Education, Vol. I; Cicero: Selected Works.
3. Early Christianity. Works covered: Selections from early Christian fathers; Eusebius: The Church History
4. Nicene Christianity. Works covered: Augustine: The City of God & Confessions; Athanasius: On the Incarnation & Life of St. Anthony; Basil The Great: On the Holy Spirit; Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy.
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.
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