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Aeneid Giveaway!

I'm a small town, southern gal, who never had much exposure to the Classics. As a teen, I considered myself to be a "good reader" because I'd read all of Janette Oke's book and an assortment of romance novels. Slowly, I branched into the mystery section, and finally the classics. I still had a long way to go, but I was awakened to the idea that hard books could be good. It wasn't until I began homeschooling and was introduced to the classical method that I realized just how good the good books really are. They're not just good for pleasure, but good food for minds and souls.

Now that my boys are teens, I love tackling the classics with them. I don't know how to teach them at all, so I rely heavily on good publishers to guide me. I was introduced to Roman Roads Media last year, as part of The Schoolhouse Magazine Review Crew. I reviewed their curriculum The Greeks and was very impressed.  This year, they invited me to try The Aeneid and offered to give a full set of the program to one of my readers, too!

The Aeneid provides about 6 hours of content. Wes Callihan teaches the course, and he does it well. The 6 hours goes by quickly. The quality is good, set in a relaxed atmosphere, but still quite professional. Wes Callihan's voice is mesmerizing. It doesn't put you to sleep, but rather draws you in. Even my younger children find themselves frozen in place when walking through the room, unable to resist the power of his voice. It's not as if he's weaving a tale, but more like a casual chat in his library...with really great sound recording.

I love that the lessons include pop-ups of names, timelines, and vocabulary words, helping combine my need for visual as well as auditory learning.

In Aeneid, you'll find Twelve Lessons:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to the Romans (37:18 minutes)
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to the Aeneid (31:55 minutes)
  • Lesson 3: Rome as an  Idea (36:29 minutes)
  • Lesson 4: The Fall of Troy and the Wanderings of Aeneas (41:10 minutes)
  • Lesson 5: The Tragedy of Dido (35:29 minutes)
  • Lesson 6: The Underworld (36:11 minutes)
  • Lesson 7: The Broken Truce and Shield of Aeneas (28:24 minutes)
  • Lesson 8: The Tragedy of Nisus and Euryalos (26:44 minutes)
  • Lesson 9: Camilla, Juno's Surrender, and the Death of Turnus (31:52 minutes)
  • Lesson 10: Metamorphoses I (36:52 minutes)
  • Lesson 11: Metamorphoses II (50:30 minutes)
  • Lesson 12: Epics of Lucretius, Lucan, and Statius (37:21 minutes)
The recommended schedule for The Aeneid is 9 weeks long. It includes watching the DVD lectures; answering comprehension questions; reading assignments from The Aeneid, Vergil, and other Roman epics; a term paper; and a final exam. Also included with the program is a booklet that explores ancient art and more recent artistic responses to the literature being studied. A brief art lesson is included with each chapter of the DVD as well as a list of many related paintings for students to explore.

The Aeneid is available as a DVD, with PDF workbook and exams or as a streaming video series, which are $56 each. The streaming option is mobile friendly, which is very convenient. The workbook is also available in printed book form for $12.00. My preference is what Roman Roads gave me: a combination of all of these, available for $62.00. A digital version of The Aeneid is included with these purchases, though a physical copy is recommended.

The series is deep and most appropriate for high school students. 
Romans Road Media's approach incorporates literature, history, philosophy, theology, geography, and art. It's the perfect humanities course.

Roman Roads has issued a fabulous offer and challenge to parents: Work through this program with your students by May 15th and receive 20% any Old Western Culture Product. You can also join in discussions with other parents working through it at the same time.

You can sample the format of the program for free to see if it is a good fit for you. If you like this DVD, there are 3 more in the Romans series, or you can purchase all 4 as a set for a year long course.

For a taste of Roman Roads Media's educational philosophy, be sure to download the free ebook Preparing Younger Kids for a Great Books Education

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  1. I drooled over this review when it came up for the Crew, and had to beg off because I had too much going on. I would *love* to win this and share it with my girls!

  2. I'm telling you this in a calm voice. I NEEEEED this.

  3. Yes, Simblissity is a way cool blog! I am planning on doing The Romans with Matthew & Sophie next year.

  4. Beautiful blog AND Roman Roads looks like something we would love!

  5. I just checked out two copies of The Aeneid (one from Fitzgerald, the other from Fagles) to read/study. I got them shortly before our escapade to Cincy, and while IN Cincy, Courtney drug me to the Roman Roads booth where I saw this and secretly wanted it (I didn't want to admit such things to You Know Who). So anyway, this would be really helpful for my reading. But also, I have a ruler. And I'm not afraid to use it.

  6. Looks like an amazing resource! I homeschool my son but I think he's too young for this daughter just did it in 9th grade.


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