The Greeks

Start with the two epics poems by Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Discover the genius of the Greek playwrights at describing human emotion. Enjoy the winding storytelling of Herodotus, the “Father of History.” Ponder human nature with Plato and Aristotle. See how God used these Pagan works in the history of the world, and particularly in the history of God’s people.

Old Western Culture The Greeks Curriculum

How does it work?

The Greeks 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: The Epics, Drama and Lyric, The Histories, and The Philosophers.
  • 48 lectures.
  • 30-40 minutes per lecture.
  • 4 quarterly exams.
  • Hundreds of classical paintings, maps, timelines, and more woven into the video lessons.

What Will I Be Reading?

The Greeks offers the student a complete overview of Greek history, philosophy, and literature, with enough flexibility to truly make the experience their own.

The Epics—Homer's two great poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey.
Drama & Lyric—the works of the great Greek tragedians, including the Oresteia and selections from the Greek poets.
The Historians—Herodotus' and Thucydides' tellings of the great Greek wars.
The Philosophers—Plato and Aristotle's foundational texts of western philosophy.
Just want to study the highlights? We also offer the Essentials Schedule—a selection of Old Western Culture's complete reading list.

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  • 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: The Greeks is a full year of instruction by Scott Postma divided into four quarters: The Epics, Drama and Lyric, The Histories, and The Philosophers. 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, The Greeks 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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