Learn about St. Benedict, Charlemagne, and Alfred the Great in the first unit, Early Medievals. Discover the real story behind the Crusades. Travel through Dante's Divine Comedy, and finally, sit down with John Calvin and other Reformers and learn about the Reformation.

Old Western Culture Christendom Curriculum

How does it work?

Christendom offers a complete literature and history course. Intended for high school aged students (14+), as well as for the adult enrichment student.

  • 1 full year of instruction divided into four units: Early Medievals, Defense of the Faith, The Medieval Mind, and The Reformation.
  • 48 lectures.
  • 30-40 minutes per lecture.
  • 4 quarterly exams.
  • Hundreds of classical paintings, maps, timelines, and more woven into the video lessons.


Preview clips from Old Western Culture's video lectures.

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  • World class teaching by classical educator Wesley Callihan. Demanding, challenging, mesmerizing content that will leave your student, no matter how steeped in history and classical studies, begging for more.
    Lisa Nehring,
    Golden Grasses
  • Callihan is a gifted teacher—so much so that I think parents might want to watch the lectures along with their students for their own enlightenment.
    Cathy Duffy,
    Cathy Duffy Reviews
  • But what if there was a single program that adequately covered key texts of Western literature; that was well-written, accurate, and Christ-centered; and that didn’t just mimic all the other courses? Well, there is. Old Western Culture: A Christian Approach to the Great Books is everything other Classical-style courses wish they were.
    Caleb Crossman,
    Exodus Books
  • I've tried a lot of "great books" materials in the past. All have left me feeling inadequate and incapable. All of them. Old Western Culture though? This one is different.
    Debra Brinkman,
  • As a homeschool mom just venturing into classical education, I can tell you that Old Western Culture: The Greeks is super-easy to use. With schedules carefully laid out for you, you can easily plug and play. I like that all preparation is done for me and I need simply to enjoy listening to my children as they begin to think and talk and discuss ideology together.

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Old Western Culture: Christendom Old Western Culture: Christendom is a full year of instruction divided into four quarters: Early Medievals, The Defense of the Faith, The Medieval Mind, and The Reformation. In this “flipped-classroom” approach, students learn from the award-winning Old Western Culture video-centric curriculum, and then meet for live discussion each week with an instructor. As an integrated humanities curriculum, Christendom explores history, theology, philosophy, poetry, and art through the greatest works of influential literature of the Western world, and from a Christian perspective.

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Old Western Culture Readers


For each unit of Old Western culture, we offer an edition of the works covered.

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