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Romans 1: The Aeneid | Homeschool Curriculum

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The Aeneid is the first unit of The Romans, year two in the Old Western Culture curriculum on the Great Books. This unit unpacks the Aeneid of Vergil, whose impact profoundly influenced both Roman society and medieval Christianity.

  • Formats: DVD, Streaming
  • Lessons: 12
  • Addl Mtls: Student Workbook, Answer Key, Guide to the Art Booklet
  • Credit: 1/2 HS Literature/History
  • Age: 14+
  • Teacher: Wesley Callihan

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The Aeneid is the first unit of The Romans, year two in the Old Western Culture curriculum on the Great Books. This unit unpacks one the greatest classics of the West, the Aeneid of Vergil, whose impact profoundly influenced both Roman society and medieval Christianity. Wesley Callihan guides the student through the plot, poetic devices, background, philosophy, history, and aesthetics of the poem, as well as its lasting influence on Western culture and civilization. He then briefly turns to the Roman epics of Ovid, Lucretius, Lucan, and Statius.

Includes 12 lectures, a Student Workbook & Answer Key (PDF), a Guide to the Art booklet, 2 final exams (PDF), and the Great Book texts in digital format.

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Related Lessons

1. Introduction to The Romans: Overview of Roman History, its importance to Old Western Culture, and a Survey of the books Covered in this series
2. Introduction to the Aeneid: Vergil, Secondary Epic, and the Writing, Worldview, and Influence of the Aeneid
3. Rome is an Idea (Aeneid Book I)
4. The Fall of Troy and The Wanderings of Aeneas (Aeneid Book II & III)
5. The Tragedy of Dido (Aeneid Book IV)
6. The Underworld (Aeneid Book V & VI)
7. The Broken Truce and the Shield of Aeneas (Aeneid Book VII & VIII)
8. The Tragedy of Nisus and Euryalos (Aeneid Book IX & X)
9. Camilla, Juno’s Surrender, and the Death of Turnus (Aeneid Book XI & XII)
10. Metamorphoses I
11. Metamorphoses II
12. The Epics of Lucretius, Lucan, and Statius


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“Old Western Culture” is a literature curriculum named after a term coined by C.S. Lewis to describe the fabric of ideas that shaped Western Civilization. For centuries, a “Great Books” education lay at the heart of what it meant to be educated. It was the education of the Church Fathers, of the Medieval Church, of the Reformers, and of all the Founding Fathers of the Unites States. It is a CLASSICAL EDUCATION, based on the great books of western civilization. It is a CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, which sees the history and literature of the West through the eyes of the Bible and historic Christianity. It is an INTEGRATED HUMANITIES CURRICULUM, bringing together literature, history, philosophy, doctrine, geography, and art. And it is a HOMESCHOOL oriented curriculum, made by homeschoolers with the needs of homeschooled in mind, including flexibility, affordability, and ease-of-use. We bring a master-teacher into your home, and encourage parents to gain an overview of Western Civilization themselves by watching the video lessons with their children.

Old Western Culture is a video course. It is built around a master teacher, Wes Callihan. With decades of teaching experience, he guides students through the story of Western civilization. Each unit of The Romans (year 2 of Old Western Culture) contains 12 video lessons (48 in year 1, approx 30 min each).
Each lesson begins with a brief review before jumping into summary, commentary, analysis, and inter-disciplinary connections of the works covered. After each lesson, students complete the assigned readings, and answer comprehension questions in the Student Workbook.

The Romans is divided into 4 units:
1. The Aeneid. Works covered: Vergil's Aeneid, Ovid’s Metamorphoses
2. Historians. Works covered: Livy: The Early History of Rome, Books I-V; Sallust: Catiline’s War, the Jugurthine War, Histories; Julius Caesar: The Gallic Wars; Tacitus: The Annals of Imperial Rome; Plutarch’s Lives Vol. 1; Suetonius: The Twelve Caesars; Pliny the Younger: The Letters; Quintillian: The Orator’s Education, Vol. I; Cicero: Selected Works.
3. Early Christianity. Works covered: Selections from early Christian fathers; Eusebius: The Church History
4. Nicene Christianity. Works covered: Augustine: The City of God & Confessions; Athanasius: On the Incarnation & Life of St. Anthony; Basil The Great: On the Holy Spirit; Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy.

Wes Callihan is a master story teller! With a remarkable ability to communicate a passion for history and literature, he makes profound ideas accessible, relevant, and interesting. Also known for his distinctive "rabbit trailers," forays into funny and obscure historical anecdotes, which have a way of showing up at the dinner table. (After all, rabbit trails are "hooks for the imagination and memory.") Wes Callihan is a true classical scholar, fluent in both Latin and Greek. He lectures only from the notes in the margins of his worn copies of the Great Books.


Old Western Culture: The Romans

    Download the Student Workbook and Answer Key for The Aeneid.
    Download the Guide to the Art for The Aeneid.
    Visit the EXAM PAGE to download the exams.

    Feel free to use your own text, download one of these,
    or purchase the recommended translation from the "BOOKS" tab.

    -- The Aeneid - Roman Roads eText
    -- Ovid's Metamorphoses - Roman Roads eText
    -- Other selected readings from The Aeneid included in the Student Workbook. Buy a physical edition HERE, or download the PDF HERE.

    ADDITIONAL RESOURCES --De Descriptione Temporum: C.S. Lewis' inaugural Lecture from The Chair of Mediaeval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University in 1954. (Text / PDF)
    --Greek and Roman God Name Chart (Text / PDF)