This course explores the perennial theme of man trying to achieve happiness in spite of the difficulties of life. It involves heavy reading, and will include either entire books or sections from The Odyssey, Augustine’s Confessions, The Divine Comedy, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Hamlet, Paradise Lost, Pride & Prejudice, Heart of Darkness, All the King’s Men, and important British poets.
Regular writing assignments included local students presenting papers publicly to the class in a seminar-style setting, in addition to regular discussion.
This course is part of the Compass Lectures Series where veteran teachers are filmed as they teach in an actual classroom. This product includes streaming access to the videos filmed live in Nashville. Assignments for local students are explained on the videos and in the course steps. However, parents are solely responsible for assigning and grading this work.
- Invitation to the Classics – Os Guinness and Louise Cowan
- The Odyssey – Richard Lattimore Translation
- Augustine’s Confessions – Translated by Thomas Williams (2019)
- The Divine Comedy – 3 Vols – Dorothy Sayers (Penguin) (it’s possible these are on other sites, but I just couldn’t easily find them)
- Hell, Vol 1
- Purgatory, Vol 2
- Paradise, Vol 3
- Gawain and the Green Knight – Marie Borroff translation
- Hamlet – Shakespeare, Folger Library (any edition)
- Paradise Lost – John Milton (Norton Critical Edition by Scott Elledge)
- Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (any Norton Critical Edition)
- Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
- Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (any Norton Critical Edition)
- All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren
- Six Centuries of Great Poetry – Warren and Erskine
- On Writing Well – William Zinsser (any edition will work)
- The Elements of Style – Strunk and White (any edition will work)
Thomas Purifoy is a producer, writer, and director with Compass Cinema & Compass Classroom. He has been the director of a classical school in France where he taught 20th Century History, English Literature, Film History, Old Testament, and Philosophy. Thomas has also served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. He is married and has three daughters.
License: This product is licensed for use by one family. Co-op participants must purchase one subscription per family.