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. Purchase of this product grants access to videos filmed live in Nashville as well as assignments given to the students attending in person by means of our Learning Management System. Any homework needs to be graded by students or parents.
- Introduction to the Classics – Os Guiness and Louis 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)
License: This product is licensed for use by one family. Coop participants must purchase one subscription per family.