Western Culture: The Greeks 1
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Western Culture 1-1: Greek Epics

The Epics covers the two great poems of Homer: The Iliad and the Odyssey. Join Wesley Callihan, a veteran teacher of the classics, as he guides students through the fascinating world of Homer.


In story-like fashion, Wes Callihan guides students through the plot, poetic devices, background, philosophy, history, and beauty of the poems. One of his primary objectives is to explain how we should approach these monuments of Western culture from a Christian perspective.

Throughout the history of western culture, the classics have always been the subject matter of artistic inspiration. As you study the epics of Homer, you will have the opportunity to see over a hundred exhibits, ranging from historical artifacts to famous renditions of Homeric scenes in classical painting.

The streaming course includes a full-color booklet guide to the most important artwork contained in the course. The student workbook contains study questions for each lesson, discussion questions, a roadmap to additional resources, a final exam, as well as an answer key.

As a “Great Books” course, the primary textbook is the great books themselves. We offer recommended translations, but if you already own any of these books, or want to get them online for free or on your tablet, feel free to do so!

See Resources tab for links to required books (paperbacks and free digital versions).

License: This product is licensed for use by one family.

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Wesley Callihan


1/2 HS





“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-disciplinary connections of the works covered. After each lesson, students complete the assigned readings, and answer 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, 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.


The Epics:

  1. Introduction to Old Western Culture
  2. The Backdrop to the Iliad.
  3. The Anger of Achilleus. (Iliad I-IV)
  4. The First Critical Turning Point. (Iliad V-IX)
  5. The Deception of Zeus. (Iliad X-XV)
  6. The Second Critical Turning Point. (Iliad XVI-XXI)
  7. The Death of Hektor. (Iliad XXII-XXIV)
  8. The Telemachy. (Odyssey I-IV)
  9. The Court of Alkinoös. (Odyssey V-VIII)
  10. Odysseus Tells of his Wanderings. (Odyssey IX-XII)
  11. The Homescoming of Odysseus & The Judgement of the Suitors. (Odyssey XIII-XXIV)
  12. The Legacy of Homer in Western Civilization.


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