This 10th-grade course follows the history of the Western world, beginning with the Hebrews and continuing through classical Greece and Rome, the rise and spread of Christianity, the role of the Germanic peoples, the cathedrals and universities of the High Middle Ages, and concluding with the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery (up to 1492).
So much of what you need to know in order to be an educated person is crammed into this one course. We’ll discuss some of the great ideas that have been discussed and debated since the beginning of Western thought. Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas will no longer just be names to you. You’ll know about the philosophy, literature, architecture, and art of the ancient world, the Christian Middle Ages, and the Renaissance.
And of course we’ll be tracing the history of Western liberty — political and economic — as well.
Here’s another thing: you’ll become a better writer thanks to this course. You’ll be writing every week. I myself have written eleven books, including two New York Times bestsellers, and I can tell you that improvement in one’s writing comes with practice. There is no shortcut.
I’ve been studying this material my whole life. I hold a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and my M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Parents, too, will appreciate this course. You can listen to the course’s 25-minute lessons during your commute, and fill in any gaps you may have in your own knowledge, not to mention having something interesting to discuss with your children at the end of the day.
What follows is a sample lesson — the only one available on YouTube — from the course. It’s also the longest lesson of the course; I figured if I had to choose one, I’d choose the one that gave you the most information. Enjoy, and I hope to see you this fall!