What is Old Western Culture?
Old Western Culture is a DVD video course that is "a Christian Approach to the Great Books". It is a literature curriculum that studies the "Great Books" of the time while working within a classical and Christian framework to reveal both the greatness and the shortcomings of the ideas that, for centuries, shaped the Western civilization.
The video series contains four courses to be completed within four years:
Year 1: The Greeks
Year 2: The Romans
Year 3: Christendom
Year 4: The Moderns
Within Year 1 : The Greeks, there are four separate DVD's that cover the major attributes of the Greeks:
The GREEKS: The Epics
The GREEKS: Drama and Lyrics
The GREEKS: The Histories
The GREEKS: The Philosophers (The one I received to review)
The GREEKS: The Philosophers DVD has 12 video lessons, all approximately 30 minutes long, in which Wesley Callihan (a very talented and knowledgeable lecturer) engages the listener and brings to life what can sometimes be very difficult to understand (at least for me) works of literature. He makes difficult topics seem not only attainable but enjoyable. And more importantly, Mr. Callihan helps us to discern properly the good from the dribble of an ungodly culture. Whether or not it is a good idea or a bad idea, these ideas helped to shape the civilization that we now know and to properly understand our own civilization, we must understand where it came from. Mr. Callihan is passionate about the Great Books but it is His passion for Christ that gives me great confidence in the education he provides.
At the end of each lecture, Mr. Callihan gives a new reading assignment. The Philosophers covers the works of Plato and Aristotle and so I have read (and will continue to read) from Plato: The Apology, The Crito and Phaedo, The Phaedrus, and The Republic . Also, from Aristotle: Metaphysics, Ethics and Poetics. The last lecture of the series will be on the Lessons of Greek Philosophy.
You can purchase the complete set of The Greeks (all 4 units) in two different formats: The complete set of DVD's for $224 or 1 full year of digital streaming for $199. Both formats include the videos, a guide to the art, student workbooks answer keys and exams in PDF format. You can choose to purchase printed student workbooks for each unit for $12 each. If you wish to purchase one of the DVD sets, you can buy them individually for $56 each.
This video course is intended for 8th grade students but, being an adament believer that education never ends and having grown up in a public school system myself (far from any classics or "Great Books"), I have to tell you, it is keeping me on my toes, even as an adult! As I have oogled the products that Roman Roads Media offers in the past, I have often thought "When the time comes, I will absolutely be purchasing this." Having been given the opportunity to see what a great educational tool this is, even for ADULTS, I am changing my plans. I will be saving up for this soon- so that I can stretch and further my own education.
It is just that great.