What is Old Western Culture?

“Old Western Culture” is a literature curriculum named after a term coined by C.S. Lewis to describe the fabric of ideas that shaped Western Civilization. For centuries, a “Great Books” education lay at the heart of what it meant to be educated. It was the education of the Church Fathers, of the Medieval Church, of the Reformers, and of all the Founding Fathers of the United States. It is a Classical Education, based on the great books of western civilization. It is a Christian Education, which sees the history and literature of the West through the eyes of the Bible and historic Christianity. It is an Integrated Humanities Curriculum, bringing together literature, history, philosophy, doctrine, geography, and art. And it is a Homeschool oriented curriculum, made by homeschoolers with the needs of homeschooled in mind, including flexibility, affordability, and ease-of-use. We bring a master-teacher into your home and encourage parents to gain an overview of Western Civilization themselves by watching the video lessons with
their children.

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Overview Videos

Various videos pertaining to the entire Old Western Culture curriculum series.

Course Overview:
Why Study the Greeks?
Tour Wes Callihan’s Library

The Greeks (Year 1)

Full Lessons and excerpts from Old Western Culture: The Greeks

Greeks: The Epics
Lecture 1 (FULL)
Greeks: The Epics
Lecture 3 (FULL)
Greeks: The Epics
Course Trailer
Greeks: The Epics
Iliad at Glance
Greeks: Drama & Lyric
Lecture 1 (FULL)
Greeks: Drama & Lyric
Lecture 5 (FULL)
Greeks: Drama & Lyric
Course Trailer
Problem of Reading Shakespeare
Greeks: The Histories
Lecture 2 (FULL)
Greeks: The Histories
Croesus and
Cyrus the Great
Greeks: The Philosophers
Lecture 4 (FULL)

The Romans (Year 2)

Full Lessons and excerpts from Old Western Culture: The Romans

Romans: The Historians
Lecture 9 (FULL)

A Glimpse at what we lost (Clip)
Relationship Woes of Dido and Aeneas (Clip)

Christendom (Year 3)

Full Lessons and excerpts from Old Western Culture: Christendom (more coming soon)

Christendom: Early Medievals
Lecture 1 (FULL)


Samples of our workbooks, exams, and readers.

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