Old Western Culture
Grades 9-12+

What Is It?

For centuries, the study of the great books has been central to education. Old Western Culture is your guide through the great books.

4 years of Old Western Culture DVDs


Watch a video lecture of summary, context, commentary, analysis, and inter-disciplinary connections of the great books.

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Read the texts of the great books themselves, using the Old Western Culture Readers, digital versions that come with the course, or the editions in your own library.

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Answer the questions in the student workbook on your own or use them as discussion questions in a group.

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Old Western Culture Readers

This sixteen-volume great books reader series was developed as a companion to the Old Western Culture great books curriculum, but also stands on its own.

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By The Year

The Greeks

From Homer to Aristotle

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The Romans

From Vergil to Augustine

The Romans
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From St. Benedict to Spenser

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Early Moderns

From Shakespeare to Austen

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About the Teachers

Wes Callihan
Wes Callihan grew up on a farm in Idaho and earned a BA in history from the University of Idaho in 1983. He has taught at Logos School and New Saint Andrews College, both in Moscow, Idaho, as well as Veritas Academy in Lancaster, PA. Wes is the founder of Schola Classical Tutorials, where he teachers online classes in the great books and other classical subjects. He is the primary instructor in the Old Western Culture series by Roman Roads Press.
Peter Leithart
Peter Leithart (PhD, University of Cambridge) is President of Theopolis Institute and the author of several dozen books on theology and literature, including Brightest Heaven of Invention: A Christian Guide to Six Shakespeare Plays.
Jonathan McIntosh
Jonathan McIntosh (PhD, University of Dallas) is a Fellow of Humanities at New Saint Andrews College. He is the author of The Flame Imperishable: Tolkien, St. Thomas, and the Metaphysics of Faërie (Angelico Press, 2017).
Chris Schlect
Chris Schlect (PhD, Washington State University) is a fellow of history and director of the graduate program at New Saint Andrews College. He serves Christian schools through consulting and teacher training. His research on early twentieth century Protestantism has earned eleven competitive awards.
Mitch Stokes
Mitch Stokes (PhD, Notre Dame) is a senior fellow of philosophy at New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. In addition to studying philosophy under world-renowned philosopher Alvin Plantinga, Stokes holds degrees in philosophy, religion and mechanical engineering, and holds five patents in aeroderivative gas turbine technology. He is the author of Calculus for Everyone (Roman Roads Press), books on apologetics, and biographies of Newton and Galileo.


Preview clips from Old Western Culture's video lectures.