Romans: The Historians DVD Set (Old Western Culture)
Join Wesley Callihan as he guides students through the writings of Livy, Tacitus, Sallust, Julius Caesar, Plutarch, Quintilian, and Cicero. Discover the original works that chronicle the early history of Rome from Monarchy, through Republic, to Empire. In this unit you will discover how the Roman philosophy of history shaped the lives and culture of the Roman people, how the Roman historians recognized the signs of cultural decay in their own day, and finally, how the persecution of the Early Church played a critical role in the spread of Christianity throughout the empire.
Year 2: The Romans spans the Aeneid, Historians, Early Christian Writing, and Nicene Christianity.
A Christian Approach to the Great Books! Mortimer Adler - primary editor for the compilation of the well-known set of ageless literary masterpieces called the Great Books - considered them a conversation. He felt our primary motivation in reading them should be to participate in that great conversation. Wesley Callihan and Roman Roads Media have added an important element for Christians. Mr. Callihan maintains that the great conversation must lead to truth - God's truth. His goal in teaching this course? That high school Christians would have the opportunity and the ability to participate in the great conversation in a meaningful way that leads to truth. Old Western Culture is an integrated humanities curriculum that provides a well-rounded education for the classical student from a Christian perspective.
Taken into a video classroom - albeit a comfortable and cozy one - the student finds himself immersed in classical literature assignments, knowledgeable commentary, captivating artwork, absorbing discussion questions, and meaningful writing assignments; emerging with a full credit in literature, a half credit in history, and a half credit of philosophy/theology for each year of the course. To my way of thinking, there's also enough material for a ¼ credit in Art Appreciation. This is a four-year course of study (Year 1 - The Greeks, Year 2 - The Romans, Year 3 - Christendom, and Year 4 - The Moderns). Each year is divided into four independent units but also sold as a set. This allows for some flexibility (and the opportunity to spread out the expense).
Each unit contains 12 lectures (yes, they really are lectures although you'll feel as though you are sitting in a cozy chair across from your mentor). These lectures/discussions introduce the literary work, summarize the most important elements of the text, and analyze the themes, background, and surrounding history as well as the importance of the works and their influence in history and western thought. Students are assigned readings from the original works (the average daily reading load is 30-40 pages) as well as comprehension questions in the workbook that cover both the readings and the lecture.
The DVDs are well-done, professionally incorporating material from blackboard "sidebars," definitions, quotes, timelines, art, and historical places. The DVD set for each unit includes four DVD-ROMs, the student workbook (on PDF) and teacher's edition (PDF) and a small booklet-form "Guide to the Art" that includes a comprehensive list of artwork by lesson plus small, full-color reproductions and background info of major pieces from each lecture. Each DVD-ROM for each unit includes the video lectures as well as the PDFs of the student workbook and the teacher's edition. The Student Workbook provides the comprehension questions mentioned previously. Quarterly term papers allow students to explore an area of interest with more in-depth creativity. The Teacher's Edition includes both an answer key and quarterly exams. ~ Janice