The Romans: The Complete Course



Old Western Culture: The Romans is a full year of instruction divided into four units: The Aeneid, The Historians, Early Christianity, and Nicene Christianity.With over 25 hours of video instruction, reading assignments in the Great Books, accompanying exercises after each lecture and reading assignment, and 4 end-of-term exams, The Romans offers the homeschooler a complete literature and history course. Intended for high school aged students (14+), as well as for the adult enrichment student. As an integrated humanities curriculum, The Romans explores history, theology, philosophy, poetry, and art from the perspective of the greatest works of influential literature of the Western world. Hundreds of classical paintings, maps, timelines, and more are woven into the video lessons!

Click to watch a sample lecture: 9. Plutarch’s Lives I: Demosthenes and Cicero

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Set Includes

The Romans: The Aeneid DVD
The Romans: The Historians DVD
The Romans: Early Christianity DVD
The Romans: Nicene Christianity DVD

The Romans: The Aeneid Reader (In Production)
The Romans: The Historians Reader
The Romans: Early Christianity Reader
The Romans: Nicene Christianity Reader

The Romans: The Aeneid Workbook
The Romans: The Historians Workbook
The Romans: Early Christianity Workbook
The Romans: Nicene Christianity Workbook



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


1. Livy I: Philosophy of history and the monarchy
2. Livy II: Beginning and Heroes of the Republic
3. Livy III: Threats to the Republic
4. Tacitus I: Philosophy of history and Tiberius
5. Tacitus II:Claudius
6. Tacitus III:Nero
7. Sallust: The Jugurthine War and the The Conspiracy of Catiline: The Republic in Decay
8. Julius Caesar: The Gallic wars
9. Plutarch’s Lives I: Demosthenes and Cicero  (click to watch full lesson)
10. Plutarch’s Lives II: Alexander and Caesar
11. Cicero: Against Verres and Against Antony
12. Overview of The Historians


1. The Roman Background of Christianity
2. The Jewish Background of Christianity
3. The Didache
4. The First Letter of Clement
5. The Roman World in the Second and Third Centuries
6. Ignatius and Polycarp
7. The Apologists
8. Justin Martyr
9. Irenaeus
10. Clement of Alexandria and Origen
11. Eusebius I
12. Eusebius II


1. Constantine and The Council of Nicea
2. The Nicene and Post-Nicene Age
3. Athanasius’s On the Incarnation
4. Athanasius’s Life of Anthony
5. John Chrysostom
6. Augustine’s Confessions I
7. Augustine’s Confessions II
8. Augustine’s City of God I
9. Augustine’s City of God II
10. Augustine’s City of God III
11. Augustine’s City of God IV
12. Boethius and the Consolation of Philosophy


The following books are used in this course. If you already have the required books, you’re set to go. The course material will give you the details on what parts to read and when.

1: The Aeneid

  • The Aeneid
  • Ovid’s Metamorphosis Book 1, 8, 10, 11, 15
  • Excerpts of other Roman epics (included in the Student Workbook)

2: The Historians

3: Early Christianity

  • The Early Christian Fathers (includes the works for the following readings):
    • The Didache
    • First Letter of Clement
    • Letters of Ignatius
    • Polycarp’s Letter to the Philippians
    • Letter of Athenagoras
    • Epistle to Diognetus
    • First Apology of Justin Martyr
    • Irenaeaus’ Against Heresies Book 3, 5
    • Clement of Alexandria’s Exhortation to the Greeks
  • Eusebius’ Church History

4: Nicene Christianity

WHAT is “Old Western Culture”?

“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 United 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.
– 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.

HOW does Old Western Culture work?

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. The Aeneid contains 12 video lessons (approx 30-40 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 or online workbook.

WHY do people love Wes Callihan?

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. “Meet him” through THIS VIDEO TOUR of his personal library, which doubled as a mini-lecture!


Old Western Culture is intended for mature and discerning students. We recommend this course for ages 14 and up. The course will deal with mature themes such as paganism, sexual immorality, battle scenes (mostly in actual reading), and classical paintings. Old Western Culture is meant to equip your child with a Biblical lens from which to process these themes. We assume your child has a working knowledge of the Bible and basic Christian doctrine.


The Aeneid is 1/2 High School Credit in either literature or history. Each year of Old Western Culture is a double-credit Humanities course which is most commonly broken down into 1 Literature credit and 1 History credit. The double-credit assumes that the student will watch all the videos, read the required reading, answer the daily worksheets, and take 4 exams (one for each unit). This a robust course academically, and requires a fair bit of reading. Wesley Callihan will coach your student on how to approach the reading in the video. The average daily reading load is 30-40 pages.
As an “integrated humanities” course, Old Western Culture will constantly be incorporating history, literature, theology, philosophy, art, and art history, all through the eyes of the Great Books.


Related Products

The Romans: The Aeneid Set
The Romans: The Historians Set
The Romans: The Early Christianity Set

The Romans: The Aeneid DVD
The Romans: The Historians DVD
The Romans: Early Christianity DVD
The Romans: Nicene Christianity DVD
The Romans: Complete DVD Set

The Romans: The Aeneid Reader
The Romans: The Historians Reader
The Romans: Early Christianity Reader
The Romans: Nicene Christianity Reader

The Romans: The Aeneid Workbook
The Romans: The Historians Workbook
The Romans: Early Christianity Workbook
The Romans: Nicene Christianity Workbook
The Romans: The Complete Workbook Set

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