Age: 14+ Middle School, High School Half Credit

Old Western Culture: The Novels wraps up the series of the great books with a study of some of the great novels of the 19th century, Wesley Callihan guides students through Dickens’s heartwarming A Christmas Carol, and then turns to Dostoevsky’s darker Russian tale, The Brothers Karamozov, as well as Chekhov’s The Bet. A study of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice looks at both the story and the social setting of England during this period. Old Western Culture concludes with a hat-tip to two of the 20th-century revivors of the great books: C. S. Lewis, who coined the term “old Western culture,” and J. R. R. Tolkien, with guest lecturer Jonathan McIntosh, who guides students through the story and themes of The Lord of the Rings.

About Instructor

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.

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Course Includes

  • 12 Lessons
  • 12 Steps

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