15 yrs and up, $175.00, 14 week course – Prerequisite: Foundational Great Books

This is a sequel to the Foundational Great Books course. The ultimate aim of this course is for the students to develop a deeper and richer appreciation of our entire Christian/Western culture, as well as our place within that culture - in short to cultivate Classical-Christian literacy. Students will delve into Platonic dialogues asking questions such as: Do we know what death is? What is the duty of an artist? What does it mean to be pious? They will enjoy the beauty of more deeply understanding man's calling through Aquinas, find parallels to their own life through studying the allegory of Christian's journey in Pilgrim's Progress, and immerse theselves in the beautiful, but agonizing, Russian world of the Brothers Karamozov. These works will make a lasting impact.

To Buy:

  • All works are available online, but students would benefit by reading a hard copy of Brothers Karamozov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Week 1: Phaedo by Plato

Week 2: The Women of Trachis by Sophocles

Week 3: Poetics by Aristotle

Week 4: Short works by Epicurus, Cicero, Seneca and Justin Martyr

Week 5: On Active and Contemplative Life by Thomas Aquinas

Week 6: Selections from The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Week 7: Selections from The Divine Comedy: The Inferno by Dante Alighieri

Week 8: Of Experience by Michel de Montaigne (a selection from his Essays: Bk 3, Ch 13)

Week 9: Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan, Part 1 

Week 10: Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Part 1

Week 11: Brothers Karamazov, Part 2

Week 12: Brothers Karamazov, Part 3

Week 13: Brothers Karamazov, Part 4

Week 14: Animal Farm by George Orwell