Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
The New York Times Book Review called it "at once a reference book and a book which may be read for stimulation and pleasure." Edith Hamilton has done a marvelous job in compiling and retelling these tales of so long ago. From the gods of Olympus in the Greek tradition and the gods of Rome they inspired, to the stories of love and adventure, of war and heroes, and of families and royalty, this book covers it all. In fact, it also includes myths of lesser importance, myths of extreme brevity, and the myths of the Norsemen. An incredible resource that has been in use for more than sixty years, its content is timeless. ~ Zach
From the captivating introductory question "Why study this stuff?" to the glorious full-color artwork representations to the sheer comprehensiveness of the coverage, I am enthralled with these books. Omnibus is Latin for "all encompassing; everything." The publishers couldn't have picked a better
Instead of isolating Bible and Christian history from what was happening in the rest of the world, the folks at Veritas aim to incorporate it. They offer four different history time periods (each aimed at a different grade level and designed to take one school year) which take students from creation to the present. The program originally had three parts: teacher's manual, history cards (an absolutely essential element of the curriculum) and a memory song on audio CD. The song is sung by a woman with a pleasant voice at varying tempos and is designed as a type of auditory time line. The history cards are fantastic! They have many interesting facets (the more you study them, the more you learn). The cards from the various time periods are color coded and numbered - there are 32 cards in each pack. If the cards also relate to Bible history they have another color and another number. Each card has a picture (usually in full color) representing what it is about. For example, the card for Creation has a reproduction of the Creation of the sun and moon from the Sistine Chapel Ceiling by Michelangelo. Many of the other pictures on the other cards are famous paintings as well. Each card has a
First Semester Primary Books: Proverbs, Job, Psalms, Bacchae and Other Plays, Iliad of Homer, Introduction to Arisotle, Landmark Thucydides, Lysistrata and Other Plays, The Republic.
First Semester Secondary Books: Aesop's Fables (Signet Classic), Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Art and the Bible, Augustus Caesar's World, Death on the Nile, Troilus and Cressida, 1st and 2nd Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther.
Second Semester Primary: Gospel of Mark, Philippians and Colossians, Annals of Imperial Rome, Apostolic Fathers, Cicero: Selected Works, Eclogues and Georgics, New Complete Works of Josephus, Meditations, Metamorphosis, New Oxford Annotated Apocrypha, On the Nature of Things, Thirteen Books of Euclid's Elements Vol. 1, War with Hannibal.
Second Semester Secondary Books: Antony and Cleopatra (Oxford School Shakespeare), Desiring God, Knowing God, Lost World, Mythology, Phantastes, Plutarch's Lives Vol. 2, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.