The Ancient Epics Bundle

The Epics of Homer and Vergil, with overview of Ovid, Lucretius, and Statius.

Old Western Culture Epics Bundle


A new bundled product, featuring Greeks: The Epics, and Romans: The Aeneid. Click on each link to learn more about the indivudal unit. Together they cover the major epics of classical antiquity! These two units make up 1 High School history credit. Join Wesley Callihan in this video course and experience his contagious enthusiasm for learning as he draws from decades of teaching experience by summarizing, expositing, and drawing connections as he guides you through the Great Books!

This course is for High School age students, and is loved by adults as well.

Product Description

Introduction to Old Western Culture and Trailer for The Aeneid.


When you purchase the Old Western Culture Epics Bundle you receive the DVD set and access to the online streaming portal for both Greeks: The Epics, and Romans: The Aeneid.

Accompanying materials included for EACH course:
– A Student Workbook and Answer Key in PDF format (optional physical version available).
– A “Guide to the Art” booklet (24 page booklet found inside the DVD case).
– An A and B exam with teacher guide and answer key.
– All required texts in eText (PDF and Kindle edition). Physical books recommended for the pleasure of the reader.

The workbook gives the student questions to answer for every reading assignment and lecture, discussion questions to think about, and a host of further resources for the student that wants to go further (or study for a paper!). The Answer Key at the back of the textbook will give the recommended answer to all the essay questions. We encourage students to answer the questions on their own before referencing the Answer Key.

Average lesson length: 30-40 min

Lecture 1 – Introduction to Old Western Culture
Lecture 2 – The Backdrop to the Iliad.
Lecture 3 – The Anger of Achilleus. (Iliad I-IV)
Lecture 4 – The First Critical Turning Point. (Iliad V-IX)
Lecture 5 – The Deception of Zeus. (Iliad X-XV)
Lecture 6 – The Second Critical Turning Point. (Iliad XVI-XXI)
Lecture 7 – The Death of Hektor. (Iliad XXII-XXIV)
Lecture 8 – The Telemachy. (Odyssey I-IV)
Lecture 9 – The Court of Alkinoös. (Odyssey V-VIII)
Lecture 10 – Odysseus Tells of his Wanderings. (Odyssey IX-XII)
Lecture 11 – The Homescoming of Odysseus & The Judgement of the Suitors. (Odyssey XIII-XXIV)
Lecture 12 – he Legacy of Homer in Western Civilization.

Average lesson length: 30-40 min

1. Introduction to The Romans: Overview of Roman History, its importance to Old Western Culture, and a Survey of the books Covered in this series
2. Introduction to the Aeneid: Vergil, Secondary Epic, and the Writing, Worldview, and Influence of the Aeneid
3. Rome is an Idea (Aeneid Book I)
4. The Fall of Troy and The Wanderings of Aeneas (Aeneid Book II & III)
5. The Tragedy of Dido (Aeneid Book IV)
6. The Underworld (Aeneid Book V & VI)
7. The Broken Truce and the Shield of Aeneas (Aeneid Book VII & VIII)
8. The Tragedy of Nisus and Euryalos (Aeneid Book IX & X)
9. Camilla, Juno’s Surrender, and the Death of Turnus (Aeneid Book XI & XII)
10. Metamorphoses I
11. Metamorphoses II
12. The Epics of Lucretius, Lucan, and Statius

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