The Old Western Culture Great Books List

Old Western Culture is a great books curriculum. But it has some differences with many other great books curriculums, as well as with your average great books list or printed series. The Old Western Culture great books list is a distinctly Christian list. It has all the famous favorites you'll recognized from something like the Britannica Great Books of the Western World, but it also includes books that are often left out of modern editions for various reasons, most often because they are from … [Read more...]

Athenian reaction to defeat similar to US reaction to 9/11 terrorist attacks

In this excerpt from The Histories, part of the Old Western Culture series, a Great Books video course, Wes Callihan shows how the reactions that the Athenians had to a defeat is very similar to other reactions of democracies throughout history, and specifically similar to the reaction of the United States to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. Thucydides wants us to make these parallels as he explains at the beginning of "The History of the Peloponnesian … [Read more...]

Feeding the Dragon

The realm of fairy-story is wide and deep and high and filled with many things: all manner of beasts and birds are found there; shoreless seas and stars uncounted; beauty that is an enchantment, and an ever-present peril; both joy and sorrow as sharp as swords.  —J. R. R. Tolkien, On Fairy Stories here is a certain something about fairy tales that keeps us coming back for more. It’s quite puzzling, really, when you think about it: we know these stories so well, and yet we never tire … [Read more...]

74 Books I Read Aloud to my Children

I recently had the pleasure of listening to Andrew Pudewa, the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven, speak at an education conference on the importance of reading aloud to your children. As he spoke, I recalled with delight the many hours I spent reading to my four children before they went to sleep. My eldest is about seven years older than the youngest. I would first read the Bible, making sure I at least turned the page every night. We read it all the way … [Read more...]

Interview with Andrew Pudewa on Classical Education

Daniel Foucachon interviews Andrew Pudewa from IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) at the CiRCE Institute summer conference in 2015 on the subject of Classical Education. Subjects covered: What are some of the greatest "Great Books"? How do we deal with feeling inadequate to give a classical education to our children? What are some good books to get started with a classical education? If you could dine with any three educators, who would they be? What advice (and resources) do you have … [Read more...]

A Conversation with John Hodges about The Center for Western Studies

Daniel Foucachon sits down with John Hodges from The Center for Western Studies, to discuss what they are all about, and why they offer a Gap Year Program. ABOUT CWS: "The Center for Western Studies is an experiment in education. Our goal is to offer our students two things: a Christian view of the world, and a study of the ideas that shaped Western civilization. Western culture is by no means perfect, but it is ours, and so it is essential as Christians that we engage with it, reflect on it, … [Read more...]

A glimpse at what we lost when we abandoned classical education

Mark Twain is attributed with the saying "Those who don't read have no advantage over those who can't." We are now a couple generations away from our forefathers who abandoned classical education. We are now the generation that does not even know what it has lost. Wes Callihan gives a  glimpse at the kind of richness we have lost in this excerpt from the Old Western Culture curriculum on the great books of Western civilization. If you don't study the classics, you have no advantage … [Read more...]

Cicero on Rhetoric: Ethos, Pathos, and Logos

Wesley Callihan tells the story of Cicero and Varres, and how Cicero used Rhetoric to convince his audience that Varres was wrong. We can see the three branches of good rhetoric: Ethos (appeal to authority), Pathos (appeal to emotion), Logos (appeal to reason). This excerpt is taken from The Historians, a unit from the Old Western Culture curriculum on the great books of Western Civilization. For a complete Rhetoric curriculum, where these ideas are taught in depth, see Fitting Words: … [Read more...]

Great Books Challenge for Parents 2016

elcome to the 2016 Great Books Challenge for Parents! This Challenge is for any parent, but especially for parents who plan to classically homeschool their children, or who are currently homeschooling their children. Classical homeschoolers love Old Western Culture because they see their children coming to the dinner table full of stories, and thirsty for knowledge and wisdom. Make 2016 the year classical learning comes alive in your home, and earn free curriculum in the process! Last … [Read more...]

Interview with Martin Cothran

Daniel Foucachon interviews Martin Cothran, of Memoria Press, on classical education. This interview took place during the 2015 CiRCE Conference: A Contemplation of Harmony. Topics covered: - What is classical education? - What is the greatest "great book"? - The Quadrivium - How to start a classical education late in life - The goal of education -and more—enjoy! YouTube version HERE. … [Read more...]

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