Note: The 2018/2019 Great Book Challenge for Parents is now over. Thanks to all who participated!

Welcome to the 2018/2019 Great Books Challenge for Parents!

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 2018/2019 the year classical learning comes alive in your home, and earn free curriculum in the process!

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1. Register

Register for the Great Books Challenge for Parents. (You will need to own the unit of OWC you chose for the challenge.)

2. Read and Watch!

Enjoy reading the Great Books from the unit you chose, and watching the lectures from Old Western Culture!

Extra: Join the Challenge Facebook Group. Follow Roman Roads Media page for extra resources.

3. Get Free Unit [Completion now closed]

Did you complete the challenge? CONGRATULATIONS! Fill out this form, and the unit of your choice will be on the way!

More about the Challenge

“Why are you giving away free curriculum?”

We are convinced that parents who use Old Western Culture will LOVE it. And when a parent loves a curriculum, they tell their friends. And word-of-mouth is the BEST way to let people know about this curriculum. We’re spending most of our time making this the best literature curriculum available, and we need help spreading the word. So help us by USING it, and telling your friends!

“Are you REALLY going to live-stream a read-aloud of the Iliad at the end?!”

Yes! At least that’s the plan. We will record each book, one-by-one, throughout the year, stitch them all together in one video we estimate will be 18+ hours long, and live-stream it on August 1st, 2019 on Roman Roads FB. We would love for some of the books to be read by participants in this Challenge! If you have access to quality (or at least decent) audio recording, send a sample recording to to be considered as a reader of one book of the Iliad.

“I already own all of Old Western Culture, or I want to take advantage of the “CiRCE Discount” during your sale!”

You are a Great Books Warrior, or at least on the way! If you own all four years of Old Western Culture or considering the CiRCE Discount, then if you complete the Challenge we will send you any two Old Western Culture Readers of your choice!

The Rules

  • Who is this for? Any parent! That counts expecting parents to grandparents, to great-grandparents.
  • What must I complete? You must register which unit you have chosen to complete, and do the assigned reading of that unit, and watch the 12 lectures associated with it. You do not need to complete written workbook assignments or exams.
  • What materials do I need to complete the challenge? You will need the unit of Old Western Culture you have chosen. You may use your own copy/edition of the associated great books, or purchase one of our Readers (where available).
  • Is there a deadline? Yes! The deadline for this challenge is August 1st, 2019. It will culminate in a reading aloud (streamed online) of the entire Iliad by 24 different readers.
  • “What if I already read the associated great books? Does that count?” Part of what places a book in the canon of the “Great Books” is that it is worth reading and re-reading many times. For this challenge, you must read the book and watch the associated lectures from the unit you chose between August 1st, 2018 and August 1st, 2019.

Testimonials from Previous Challenges

I’m including a few comments from parents who finished previous Great Books Challenge for Parents (which was focused on The Aeneid).

Hi, I finished the parent Aeneid challenge yesterday and I am so very happy I did it. Not only am I much more prepared to help my children learn the material in a few years when they reach high school age, but I absolutely loved reading the books! I was a science major in college and never really “got” the excitement for literature and history. Now I realize that literature and history are foundational to our western society. They have become the subjects central to our little homeschooling effort.
– Kirsten

I have now finished the Aeneid Challenge and much to my surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed and understood it all. I was terribly intimidated before I began but within the first lesson my apprehension evaporated and I couldn’t wait to move on to the next section! Thanks so much for issuing the challenge as I can’t wait to begin with my daughter in a few months!
– Sarah

Hi there, I took up the Aeneid challenge this year and wanted to let you know that I completed it! The Aeneid was the first “Great book” I have ever read and I am amazed at how much I have learnt.
– Cindy

I wanted to let you know that I have completed the Great Books Challenge using the Aeneid. Actually, my husband and I did it together after we put the kids to bed (they are in elementary grades) and called it a weekly ‘date night’. 😉
Being publicly educated, we didn’t have the education that we hope to give our children and had very little exposure to most of the ‘greats’ (both books and individuals). I suggested we begin to learn these things now, though our children are younger, so we will know a bit about what we will be teaching when the time comes. Your great books challenge was just the impetus we needed to dive in- and we are so glad we did!
We were both amazed at the vast knowledge that just seeps out of Wes Callihan–it is clear he is not reading from a script but teaching through conversation…a style we both loved. And he teaches in such a way that even huge spans of history or daunting subjects can be made both understandable, fascinating and downright pleasant to discover.
We are very excited for this incredible resource for ourselves presently and for our children in the future! 
– Rebecca and Matt