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Old Western Culture: The Greeks is a full year of instruction which includes four units: The Epics, Drama & Lyric, The Histories, and The Philosophers.

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Old Western Culture: The Greeks is a full year of instruction which includes four units: The Epics, Drama and Lyric, The Histories, and The Philosophers. With over 20 hours of video with accompanying exercises, and a robust reading load, The Greeks offers the homeschooler a complete literature and social studies course.
The course is intended for high school aged students (14+), as well as for the adult enrichment student. It includes hundreds of classical paintings, maps, timelines, and more woven into the video lessons! Please see the selections on the sidebar  for more information about the course and to learn about the details of each individual unit. Relive the Great Books that shaped Western civilization!

WHAT’S INCLUDEDThe DVDs come 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.

PREREQUISITESOld 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.

CREDITSEach 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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The Epics:

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

Drama & Lyric:

Background of Greek Drama: Development of Theater
Background of Greek Drama: The Period, the Poets, and the Presentation
Aeschylus’ Oresteia: The Agamemnon
Aeschylus’ Oresteia: The Libation-bearers and The Eumenides
Sophocles’ Oedipus the King
Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus
Euripides’ Medea and Trojan Women
Aristophanes’ The Frogs and The Clouds
Lyric Poetry: Sappho and Pindar, and Theocritus
Lyric Poetry: Hesiod
Lesser Epics: Quintus of Smyrna,  The Fall of Troy
Lesser Epics: Apollonius of Rhodes,  The Argonautica

The Histories:

Overview of Greek History 
Herodotus 1: The Story of Croesus 
Herodotus 2: Stories of Egypt and the other nations 
Herodotus 3: The Beginning of the Persian Wars and the Battle of Marathon 
Herodotus 4: The Battle of Thermopylae 
Herodotus 5: The Battle of Salamis, and the End of the Persian Wars 
Thucydides 1: Introduction, Thucydides' Philosophy of History, and the Beginning of the Peloponnesian War 
Thucydides 2: The Early Years, Pericles, and the Great Plague 
Thucydides 3: Mytiline, Exile, Revolution, and Melos 
Thucydides 4: The Sicilian Campaign, and the Downfall of Athens 
Xenophon: The March of the Ten Thousand 
The Lessons of Greek History

The Philosophers:

Overview of Greek philosophy, introduction to Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle
Plato: The Apology: Socrates, St. Paul, and The Doctrine of Wisdom
Plato: The Crito and Phaedo: Socrates, Christianity, and the doctrine of body and soul
Plato: The Phaedrus: Socrates, Augustine, Dante, C. S. Lewis, and the Dialectic of Desire; True teaching
Plato: The Republic: understanding morality
Plato: The Republic: The Forms and the influence on Medieval Christendom
Aristotle: The Metaphysics: Aristotle, Aquinas, and the Doctrine of Wisdom
Aristotle: The Metaphysics: the Cosmos in Antiquity and the Middle Ages
Aristotle: The Ethics: Happiness the Chief End of Man
Aristotle: The Ethics: Friendship
Aristotle: The Poetics: Stories, Oedipus, and Jane Austen
The Lessons of Greek Philosophy


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