Great Books for Adults

    This course is designed for three kinds of people: 1) parents of teenagers who are or will be taking Great Books from Schola Classical Tutorials or other online tutorial services and who wish to be able to discuss the books with their children, or parents who wish to teach their children the Great Books on their own, 2) teachers who are or will be teaching the Great Books in an ACCS or other Christian classical school and wish to gain further background and familiarity with them, and 3) adults who wish simply to read and discuss the Great Books in company with others.

    This is a one-year course and is not a duplicate of Schola's regular four-year Great Books course for teenagers. It will survey the material of that four-year curriculum in one year, allotting one quarter (about 8 weeks) to each of the four regular Great Books courses: Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Early Modern. In order to do this, we will read a representative sampling of two or three works from each of the regular courses (see the complete Great Books reading lists). There are two cycles (Year A and Year B - see below) which will cover different works from each group so that if a parent desired to, he or she could take this course two years in a row and cover more of the books. This two-year cycle will repeat (if demand warrants).

    We will discuss, whenever it is useful, not only the issues and themes raised in the books, but also how these books might be taught, what resources are available for further background and commentary, and other issues that may be useful to those teaching these books, but of course the chief aim of the course is to give to the participants a familiarity with these Great Books.

    Great Books for Adults Year A will cover the following:

    First term - Greek:  Homer's Iliad; Herodotus's History
    Second term - Roman:  Vergil's Aeneid; Tacitus's Annals; Augustine's Confessions
    Third term - Medieval:  Bede's Ecclesiastical History; Anselm's Proslogium and Cur Deus Homo; selections from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
    Fourth term - Early Modern:  Locke's Second Treatise on Government; U.S. Founding Documents; Romantic and Victorian poetry; Marx's Communist Manifesto; Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil; Chesterton's The Everlasting Man.

    Great Books for Adults Year B will cover the following:

    First term - Greek:  Homer's Odyssey; Thucydides' Peloponnesian War
    Second term - Roman:  Livy's History of Rome; Caesar's Gallic Wars; Eusebius's Ecclesiastical History
    Third term - Medieval:  selections from Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica; Dante's Divine Comedy
    Fourth term - Early Modern:  Rousseau's The Social Contract; Austen's Pride and Prejudice; Dickens' David Copperfield; Machen's Christianity and Liberalism

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