Western Culture: The Romans 3
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Western Culture 2-3: Early Christianity

Early Christianity is the third unit of The Romans, year two in the Old Western Culture curriculum on the Great Books. come alongside the early church fathers as they struggle with a collapsing empire and terrible persecution.


Early Christianity is the third unit of The Romans, year two in the Old Western Culture curriculum on the Great Books.

Romans: Early Christianity introduces students to the writings of the post-apostolic authors and their historical context. Learn about the persecutions of the early Christians and how they held fast to the faith as chronicled by the historian Eusebius. As the Church becomes more established, learn how early theologians defended the faith against various false doctrines, as was the case with Irenaeus, the Bishop of Lyon. Learn about the writings of The Apologists, Clement of Alexandria, and Justin Martyr, as well as one of the earliest Christian text after the close of the Canon, the Didache.

Includes 12 lectures, a Student Workbook & Answer Key (PDF), and a Guide to the Art booklet.

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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 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.


The Romans is divided into 4 units:1. The Aeneid. Works covered: Vergil’s Aeneid |  Ovid’s Metamorphoses2. 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 History4. 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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1. The Roman Background of Christianity
2. The Jewish Background of Christianity
3. The Didache
4. The First Letter of Clement
5. The Roman World in the Second and Third Centuries
6. Ignatius and Polycarp
7. The Apologists
8. Justin Martyr
9. Irenaeus
10. Clement of Alexandria and Origen
11. Eusebius I
12. Eusebius II


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