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Saving Western civilization one student at a time ...

Spring 2012

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letter from the

Editor by Martin Cothran

he Old Testament

is replete with examples of God’s people conquering their enemies. They never fled, except as a ruse. When we discuss the issue of how Christians should deal with the writings of the pagans, that is an important thing to remember. Culturally speaking, Christianity conquered Greece and Rome. And when you conquer something, you can do two things with the spoils of your conquest: destroy them or use them. When God commanded the Israelites to take a city, he sometimes commanded them not to take the spoils for themselves, but to destroy everything. More often, however, they took the spoils of their enemies and used them for themselves. It is instructive to note what the Church, in fact, did. It did not destroy the classical civilization that it superceded. Instead, it took the cultural spoils and used them for itself. A small handful of early fathers, such as Tertullian, asked what Athens had to do with Jerusalem, and some of these gave no definitive answer to the question. But as early as the second and third centuries, fathers like Clement and Origin argued that the works of the Greeks and the Romans did have something to do with Jerusalem and should not be categorically rejected, but instead used for the glory of God. Not all of the learning of the ancients could be used in this way, of course. When the Israelites took of the spoils of their enemies, they presumably took those things that they could legitimately use, destroying those things (like their idols) that were an abomination. And as the Roman Empire was crumbling, it was a man who was himself one of the greatest beneficiaries of classical culture and learning who became its greatest champion, a man who later would be called a saint. St. Augustine, considered by many to be the greatest thinker of the first 1,000 years of the Church, spoke of the learning of the pagans as "Egyptian gold," something which the Church not only could, but ought, to take unto itself and use. It is no historical accident that, at the time of his conversion, Augustine occupied the highest academic position in Rome. He had received the best schooling a young man of his time could have, an education in which he drank deeply of the learning of Greece and Rome. His position as professor of rhetoric in

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Milan was not only academically prestigious; it required him to occasionally write speeches for the emperor. His conversion marked not only a personal transformation—it wasn't only Augustine who was baptized. Through his thought and writing, classical culture was itself baptized, and put to work championing, not military conquest, but spiritual conquest. The centuries following Augustine have often been called the "Dark Ages" because the fall of Rome brought about a time of cultural barbarism. During this time, monks toiled away in their monasteries, copying the manuscripts they had salvaged from this cultural catastrophe. Thomas Cahill's book, How the Irish Saved Civilization, recounts how, in isolated monasteries on outcrops of inaccessible rock, monks whose names we will never know devoted themselves to the preservation, not only of Christian works, but those of classical culture as well. Had it not been for the work of these great but unheralded men, most of this learning would have been lost. This same attitude toward classical civilization characterized later medieval and Renaissance thinkers, as well as the Puritans and the American founding fathers. They knew that the truths discovered by the pagans were not pagan truths, but truths whose Author the pagans themselves did not know. They were truths taken, said Augustine, "from the mines of God's providence," and recaptured when Christianity conquered paganism. Today we see this learning not only being abandoned, but actively undermined. As our schools become more devoted to things other than truth, it becomes more incumbent on us to champion truth. It would be a great historical irony if, after having benefited from the spoils of cultural conquest, we would so easily throw it all away.

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THE CLASSICAL TEACHER

CONTENTS FEATURED ARTICLES

Spring 2012

47 First Start French I & II

2 Letter From the Editor by Martin Cothran 14 Top 10 Reasons for Studying Latin: Part II

LOGIC & RHETORIC

by Cheryl Lowe

22 How Shakespeare's Hamlet Led Me Back to God by Dr. Louise Cowan

28 How Not to Insult an Angel by Martin Cothran 32 The God of Men—& of Elves by Martin Cothran 40 The Yearnings of the Pre-Christian World

30 Traditional Logic I & II (Grades 7-12) 30 Aristotle's Material Logic (Grades 9-12) 30 Logic Supplements: Handbook of Christian Apologetics, Socrates Meets Jesus

31 Classical Rhetoric (Grades 9-12) 31 Rhetoric Supplements: Aristotle's Rhetoric, Figures of Speech, and

by Fulton J. Sheen

How to Read a Book

CLASSICAL CORE CURRICULUM 4

Curriculum Packages

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Everything you need for one year + daily/weekly lesson plans!

4 Junior Kindergarten Curriculum Package New! 8 Grammar School Curriculum Map (A Yearly Outlook) 24 Memoria Press Curriculum Map

38 38 39 39

Grades 1-7 Grades 4-12

Grades 3+ Grades 4+ Grades 5+

Prima Latina Grades 1-4 Latina Christiana Grades 3-6 First Form Latin Series Grades 5-12 Henle Latin Series Grades 8-12 Latin Supplements: Book of Roots, Latin Copybook Cursive, Latin Grammar for the Grammar Stage, Latina Christiana Review Worksheets (NEW), Latin Grammar Wall Charts, Ludere Latine I & II, Roots of English, Lingua Angelica I-II, Lingua Biblica, and Prima Latina Copybook (NEW)

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AMERICAN / MODERN

LATIN, GREEK, & FRENCH

12 Greek Alphabet Book New!

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CHRISTIAN STUDIES

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13 17 18 20 21

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LITERATURE & WRITING

46 Astronomy New! 46 Book of Insects New! 46 What's That Bird? New!

37 D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths 37 Famous Men Series

38 The Trojan War 38 The Iliad & the Odyssey 38 Dorothy Mills Histories New!

Memoria Press Copybooks Alphabet Wall Charts (Available in cursive & manuscript) The Alphabet Book & The Numbers Book New! First Start Reading & Classical Phonics New American Cursive I, II, & III

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Rome, Greece, the Middle Ages, and Modern Times

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43 The Story of the Thirteen Colonies 43 43 43 43

& the Great Republic 200 Questions About American History States & Capitals Artner Reader's Guide (American History) Geography

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Our new Jr. Kindergarten is the perfect program for students ready to begin a formal education but not quite ready for kindergarten. This gentle introduction to school will help students master writing all letters of the alphabet and numbers 1-10. They will also work on letter sounds and counting. Each week includes a read-aloud

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Reading $260 Book D Now Available!

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Your children begin reading instantly as they progress through 4 simple student books and 34 phonetic stories. The Teacher Guide includes helpful assessments, tips, and more!

• consonants • short & long vowels • 57 common words • manuscript printing • artist-drawn coloring pictures • drawing pages for every letter

FSR is a balanced, age-appropriate approach to phonics and reading, with a serious focus on correct pencil grip and letter formation. Also, while many phonics programs today use the ladder approach (consonant-vowel blending), we prefer the more traditional (vowel-consonant) approach combined with word families. Mastery of short vowels is the sine qua non of phonics programs, but few programs provide adequate practice. *Note: Printing, an important pathway of the learning process, is an integral part of FSR. Some children, however, are reading-ready before their motor skills are developed enough for printing. If this is the case with your child, you may use FSR without the printing component.

Sample pages from FSR student workbook

Kindergarten Curriculum $260 $80 $30

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Kindergarten Read-Aloud Complete Set with Poetry Kindergarten Read-Aloud Set (Poetry not included)

Classical Phonics Classical Phonics

$14.95 A Child's Guide to Word Mastery (Recommended for Kindergarten - 2nd Grade)

Sample page from Classical Phonics

Classical Phonics consists of phonetically arranged word lists for students to practice their growing word recognition skills. In a word list there are no context clues, so the learner must rely on his mastery of letter sounds. For instance, if your child can pronounce each word in this list correctly – pot, pat, pit, put, pet – he knows his short vowel sounds, and you can move on to long vowels! If not, he needs more practice, and Classical Phonics is the most effective tool we know of to address the repetition that young ones need when learning to read. It can be used as a supplement to any phonics program and covers nearly all English phonograms and sounds taught through second grade. Classical Phonics is your go-to resource for phonics practice and for building confident readers. Classical Phonics is a teacher and student guide all in one. It provides thorough, concise phonics explanations at the bottom of most pages, giving you the background you need to teach phonics even if you never learned it yourself.

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• First Grade Curriculum: Complete Lesson Plans for One Year • Copybook II and Composition & Sketchbook • New American Cursive 1 • The Golden Children's Bible • Classical Phonics • SRA Phonics 2 • Rod & Staff Beginning Arithmetic 1: Student (Parts 1-2), Teacher, Blacklines • Storytime/More Storytime Treasures Study Guides & Teacher Key; Little Bear; Little Bear's Visit; Caps for Sale; Blueberries for Sal; Make Way for Ducklings; Billy and Blaze; Blaze and the Forest Fire; The Story About Ping; Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie; Stone Soup; The Little House; Miss Rumphius • A Little House Christmas Treasury, Christmas in the Big Woods, and Winter on the Farm

Supplemental Read-Aloud Program $305 $290

First Grade Read-Aloud Complete Set with Poetry First Grade Read-Aloud Set (Poetry not included)

2nd Grade Curriculum $370 $125 $315 $30

2nd Grade Complete Set (all books + Lesson Plans) 2nd Grade Consumable Books Set (for additional students) 2nd Grade Continuing MP Student Set 2nd Grade Lesson Plans for One Year

• Second Grade Curriculum: Complete Lesson Plans for One Year • Prima Latina Set (student, teacher, workbook, pronunciation CD, instructional DVDs, and flashcards)

• Copybook Cursive, Prima Latina Copybook, Composition & Sketchbook • New American Cursive 2 • The Golden Children's Bible • SRA Phonics 3 • Rod & Staff Math 2: Student (Units 1-5), Teacher, & Blacklines • Classical Phonics • Second Grade Literature: Study Guides, novels, and Teacher Key: Little House in the Big Woods, Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Courage of Sarah Noble, Tales From Beatrix Potter

Supplemental Read-Aloud Program $305 $290

2nd Grade Read-Aloud Complete Set with Poetry 2nd Read-Aloud Set (Poetry not included)

Individual Primary Programs New American Cursive by Iris Hatfield

Some think computers have made cursive writing skills obsolete, but good handwriting and computers are not mutually exclusive. Should we stop teaching language arts because a child can now text message? Before the early 1940s, virtually all children were taught cursive in the first grade. Research shows that when third graders begin writing cursive, they return to a first grade speed level. By learning cursive earlier, students can focus more on other subjects once they reach the upper grades.

New American Cursive I $22.95 ea New American Cursive II (Scripture Verses) New American Cursive II (Quotes from

Famous Americans)

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NAC Startwrite CD

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Simple, clear, & effective! ✓ 8-page teaching guide ✓ 125 Instruction and exercise lessons ✓ Illustrations/Exercises for letter connections ✓ Journaling pages ✓ Practice includes Bible verses and quotes ✓ Simplified classic letter forms ✓ Focus on accuracy and legibility ✓ Natural right slant (easier for beginners & lefties) ✓ Takes only 15 min./day!

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3rd Grade Complete Set (all books + Lesson Plans)

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4th Grade Complete Set (all books + Lesson Plans)

$150 $30

3rd Grade Consumable Books Set (for additional students) 3rd Grade Lesson Plans for One Year

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4th Grade Consumable Books Set (for additional students) 4th Grade Lesson Plans for One Year

• Third Grade Curriculum: Complete Lesson Plans for One Year • Latina Christiana I Complete Set

• Fourth Grade Curriculum: Complete Lesson Plans for One Year • First Form Latin Complete Set

(student, teacher, pronunciation CD, instructional DVDs, and flashcards)

• Third Grade Literature: Study Guide Sets w/ Novels

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• Fourth Grade Literature: Study Guide Sets w/ Novels

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(The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Heidi; Lassie Come-Home)

• D'Aulaires' Greek Myths set (student, teacher, text) • Christian Studies I set (student, teacher) • New American Cursive 3 • States & Capitals set (student, teacher, Don't Know Much About the 50 States) • Astronomy set (student, teacher) • Rod & Staff Math 3 (student, teacher, blacklines) • Rod & Staff Spelling 4 (student, teacher) • English Grammar for the Grammar Stage (student, teacher) • Poetry for the Grammar Stage (student, teacher) • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Supplemental Read-Aloud Program

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$19.95 Poetry for the Grammar Stage Beta!

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$150.00 Third Grade Read-Aloud Novels (11 book set) $300.00 Third Grade Read-Aloud Picture Books (22 book set)

Christian

Literature

Latina Christiana I (p. 17)

Greek Myths (p. 37)

Christian Studies I (p. 36)

The Moffats Farmer Boy Charlotte's Web (p. 11)

First Form Latin (p. 18)

Famous Men of Rome (p. 37)

Christian Studies II (p. 36)

Lassie Come-Home Heidi The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (p. 11)

Famous Men of the Middle Ages (p. 37)

Christian Studies III (p. 36)

Adam of the Road Robin Hood King Arthur (p. 11)

Famous Men of Greece Trojan War Horatius at the Bridge (pp. 37-39)

Christian Studies IV (p. 36)

The Hobbit Anne of Green Gables The Bronze Bow Treasure Island (p. 11)

6th

5th

3rd

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Latin & Greek

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Second Form Latin (p. 18) Greek Alphabet Book (p. 12)

Third Form Latin (p. 18)

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6th Grade Curriculum

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5th Grade Consumable Books Set (for additional students) 5th Grade Lesson Plans for One Year

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6th Grade Consumable Books Set (for additional students) 6th Grade Lesson Plans for One Year

• Fifth Grade Curriculum: Complete Lesson Plans for One Year • First or Second Form Latin Complete Set

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• Fifth Grade Literature: Study Guide Sets w/ Novels (King Arthur, Robin Hood, Adam of the Road)

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$17.95 Golden Children's Bible (supplement for 3rd - 5th grades; included

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• Sixth Grade Literature: Study Guide Sets w/ Novels (Anne of Green Gables, Treasure Island, The Bronze Bow, The Hobbit)

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Modern

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English Grammar for the Grammar Stage

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English Grammar for the Grammar Stage

States & Capitals (p. 43)

Rod & Staff Math 3

Book of Astronomy (p. 46)

Rod & Staff English 4

Rod & Staff Spelling 5

Classical Composition: The Fable Stage (p. 12) Writing, Year 1

Geography: Europe, North Africa, & the Middle East (p. 43)

Rod & Staff Math 4

Book of Insects (p. 46)

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Classical Composition: The Narrative Stage (p. 12) Writing, Year 2

Geography

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What's That Bird? Exploring the World of Medicine (p. 46)

Rod & Staff English 6

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Literature First Grade $14.95 StoryTime Treasures

Student Guide

$14.95 More StoryTime Treasures

Student Guide

$10.00 Teacher Key

StoryTime Treasures Set

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More StoryTime Treasures Set

Student Guide $14.95 Blueberries for Sal $7.99 Little Bear $3.95 Make Way For Ducklings $7.99 Little Bear's Visit $3.95 Caps for Sale $6.99

Student Guide $14.95 Miss Rumphius $7.99 Billy and Blaze $5.99 The Little House $6.95

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The Story About Ping $3.99 Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie $6.95 Stone Soup $6.99 Blaze and the Forest Fire $5.99

Second Grade $55.00 Literature Guide Set

Student Guides: The Courage of Sarah Noble, Little House in the Big Woods, Tales From Beatrix Potter, Mr. Popper's Penguins, and Teacher Key

$99.00 Literature Guide Set w/ Novels Student Guides, Teacher Key, & Novels

The Courage of Sarah Noble

Little House in the Big Woods

Tales from Beatrix Potter

Mr. Popper's Penguins

2nd Grade Lit. Teacher Key

Student Gd. $11.95 Novel $4.99

Student Gd. $11.95 Novel $6.99

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Student Gd. $11.95 Novel $6.99

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Each lesson includes a word study to help students build vocabulary. The comprehension questions challenge students to consider what they have read, identify the important content of each story, and compose clear, concise answers (a difficult skill at any age). Writing is thinking, and good questioning stimulates the child to think and write. Each lesson also includes fun enrichment activities such as composition, map work, research, drawing, and much more! Sample pages from Farmer Boy (Grade 3)

Quotations Almanzo was a little soldier in this great battle. From dawn to dark he worked, from dark to dawn he slept, then he was up again and working. But Almanzo had never planted corn before. He did not handle the hoe so well. He had to trot two steps where Royal or Father took one...But he knew he would plant corn as fast as anybody, when his legs were longer. harrow

Discussion Questions

dinner-horn

a simple wind instrument used to call field workers home for a meal

seed corn

kernels of corn used for planting

1. The third paragraph of this chapter describes the work horses. Explain the phrase “wise, sober mares”. 2. The first quote above describes Almanzo as a soldier in a battle. What was the battle, and in what way was he like a soldier in this battle? 3. Describe how the potatoes were planted.

Reading Notes a farm machine with sharp teeth used to break up and level plowed ground; it is also used as a verb to describe the process of preparing the soil for planting

Vocabulary

1. ...the sun was rising beyond the dewy meadows... __________________________________________ 2. They dribbled the carrot seeds into the furrows... ___________________________________________

Composition

3. All the soil must be made mellow and fine and smooth. ______________________________________

4. “Hustle along there, son...” _______________________________________________________________ Reread the last paragraph on page 128 beginning “The seeds were too small ...”. In three to five Almanzo...went sentences, retell the story of the lazy boy in your own words. Be sure to include the 5. consequence of up and down the long field, straddling the little furrows. _______________________ his actions. ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Sample pages from StoryTime Treasures

Comprehension Questions

___________________________________________________________________________________________ 1. The experienced work horses knew exactly what to do in the fields. Why would Almanzo have ___________________________________________________________________________________________ enjoyed driving them more if this weren’t the case? __________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ 2. Why did the farmers have to hurry to plant their good seeds?_________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ 3. What were the three fields of grain Father sowed? What were they used for? ___________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________ 4. Explain the connection between ash leaves, squirrel ears, and corn planting. ___________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________

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Student & Teacher Guides: Farmer Boy, Charlotte's Web, The Moffats

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Student Gd. Teacher Key Novel

The Moffats $11.95 $12.95 $8.99

Student Gd. Teacher Key Novel

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Fourth Grade

Homer Price Beta

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Prima Latina: An Introduction to Christian Latin

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Cheryl Lowe is the author of the popular Latin programs, Latina Christiana, Lingua Angelica, and the First Form Latin series, as well as First Start Reading.

Let's Recap Part I ... 1. Latin is the next step after phonics. 2. Half of our English words come from Latin, the big half! 3. The specialized vocabularies of all of the modern sciences come from Latin and Greek. (Reasons 1-3 explained in Part I of this article. You may read Part I in The Classical Teacher, Winter 2011 issue, available FREE online)

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4 Latin is the language of law, government, logic, and theology. Not only does Latin provide the root words for all of the modern sciences (Reason 3), but Latin is the language of law, politics, logic, and theology. While a large number of words in science come from Greek, law is the exclusive domain of the Latin language. All legal terms are Latin. The Romans excelled in the practical arts of law and government, and it is from them that we derive our legal and political language. How many of these words do you know the meanings of? (Figure 1) Latin is invaluable for the business and law student. And although logic was first explained by Aristotle in Greek, it was really developed and systematized by the schoolmen in the Middle Ages—in Latin, of course. And in the West, even Christian theology was worked out in Latin. (Figure 2) Many of the original words were Greek, but they were all filtered through the Latin language. In fact, everything that has come down to us from the ancient world was filtered through Latin. Jesus said, “Behold I do a new thing,” and thus Christians needed new words to describe these new things. Sometimes they grabbed existing Latin words and gave them new meanings, like grace which meant favor or thanks. Christians gave grace a new spiritual meaning—the undeserved favor of God, Christian grace. And sometimes they created new words, like the Latin word Trinity, a word not found in Scripture but one needed to express the doctrine of the three-inone God. Tres, tria is three and unus is one, Tri unity. Trinity. Both three and one at the same time. Many well know theological concepts are in Latin. We are created Imago Dei, in the image of God, and ex nihilo, from nothing. Sola fide was the battle cry of the Reformation.

5 Latin is the most efficient way to learn English grammar. How many new grammar programs have failed to produce results? First it was Easy Grammar and now it is Shirley Grammar. The problem is not with these programs; the problem is with English grammar. Why is English

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grammar so difficult to teach? There are several reasons, the first of which is summed up by these observations: • English grammar doesn’t connect with students. It is difficult for students to analyze something they use instinctively because • Students do not need grammar to use their own language, so • English grammar, for most students, is useless and dull. FIGURE 1 habeas corpus in loco parentis de facto, de jure amicus curiae caveat emptor pro bono

subpoena Omnibus bill veto referendum Plenary session quorum

Quid pro quo Capitol, capital Ad hominem Non sequitur

The second reason is that English grammar is too abstract for the grammar stage. In my opinion it is about the same level of abstraction and difficulty as algebra. When Dorothy Sayers, in The Lost Tools of Learning, recommended grammar in the grammar stage, she wasn’t talking about English grammar, analyzing and diagramming sentences; she was talking about memorizing the Latin grammar. I think we have all made a serious mistake by emphasizing analytical English grammar in the grammar stage. Memorizing, remember, is consistent with the grammar stage, not analysis, which belongs in the logic stage. English grammar is abstract and invisible because of its lack of structure and inflection. But Latin grammar is concrete and visible because of its structure and inflection. What is inflection? Inflected languages have noun endings that tell you what the noun is doing in the sentence. Is the noun a subject, a direct object, or an indirect object? Look at the first two sentences to see inflection. (Figure 3) In the first sentence, 'queen' is the direct object because its ending am tells you so. In the second sentence, Mary is the direct object; its ending, am, tells you so. When Mary is the subject it ends in a, and when Mary is the direct object, it ends in am—similar to he and him in English. Do you see how the Latin grammar is visible and concrete? You can see and hear the difference between a subject and a direct object in Latin. Inflected languages also have verb endings that tell you who is doing the action of the verb, and when. The personal pronouns, we and they, do not have to be expressed in Latin because they are contained in the verb endings -mus and -nt. Inflection makes grammar visible and concrete. English grammar is abstract and hidden because it is uninflected. It is unsystematic, unstructured, unreliable, and inconsistent. We are a loose and freedom loving people. We break the rules. The Romans were the most disciplined, structured, organized people in history and so was their language; their conjugations and declensions march in disciplined rows just like their legions. There is a third problem with English grammar:

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FIGURE 2 Trinity grace salvation justification sanctification imago Dei

ex nihilo sacrament immortality vocation moral, immoral divinity, deity

crucifixion ecclesiastical benediction pastoral Advent resurrection

English grammar! Learning a foreign language is the most effective way to learn grammar. I have never given a talk when someone did not come up afterwards and say, “I never really understood English grammar until I took French (or Spanish, or German, or whatever).” It is difficult to analyze something you use instinctively. And what is more natural and hard to think about than your own native language? It is second nature. The child of three or four speaks in complete sentences with subjects and predicates, verbs, direct objects, indirect objects, prepositional phrases, possessives, participles, gerunds, and infinitives—all without instruction. You do not have to tell the child to put a predicate in his sentence, do you? Have you ever had to say, "Now don't forget your indirect object" or "Hey what happened to that participle”? Of course not. So when the student tries to analyze something he uses naturally and has learned by imitation, he finds it rather useless and dull. Eyes glaze over. But a foreign language is foreign. The student has to break it down to learn it. Learning a foreign language makes use of a technique that is guaranteed to open eyes and develop deeper understanding—contrast and comparison. We don’t really see something until we see it in comparison to something else. Contrast and comparison deepens understanding. It makes the subject come into perspective, come alive. Depth perception requires two eyes. Until we see with two eyes we are like the Cyclops, one big eye that sees a lot but with little understanding. Learning a foreign language is seeing with two eyes; it is an eye-opener. FIGURE 3 Maria reginam videt. Regina Mariam videt.

Mary sees the queen The queen sees Mary.

Reginam videmus. Reginam vident.

We see the queen. They see the queen.

And lest we revert back to the "why not Spanish grammar" argument, when it comes to grammar, there is no grammar like the Latin grammar. Latin is the most orderly, logical, disciplined, structured, systematic, consistent grammar in existence. Every lesson in Latin is a lesson in logic. Latin is a grammar system that is unparalleled among all the languages. It has no equal. Spanish is a very admirable language, but when it comes to grammar it doesn't come close. I won’t say "skip English grammar" like I did the vocabulary courses, but I will say cut way back on your analytical English grammar and put that time into Latin. Latin grammar teaches English better than English teaches English.

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6 Latin is the best preparation for learning any language. Which brings me to the 6th reason to learn Latin. Latin is the best preparation for learning a Romance language, or any language. Once you really understand how language works, the task of learning a new language will be more than cut in half. Why settle for just one language? Learn a dozen, but learn Latin first.

7 Latin effectively develops and trains the mind. I consider this to be the most important reason of all: mental training. Latin is the most effective tool we have to develop and train the minds of the young. Not only does it cut in half the task of learning another language, it makes learning any subject easier. How can that be? The student who has learned how to learn with Latin will be a better student at all of his other subjects. Latin is an unexcelled system. Once you learn one system, you learn how to think systematically and approach any new subject with greatly enhanced learning skills. You see, subjects do more than provide information. Subjects are formative. The subject forms the minds of students by impressing its own qualities on their minds. You have heard the expression you are what you eat. Likewise your mind becomes like what you study. Your mind takes on the qualities of the subjects that it dwells on. The formative aspect of subjects is as important, if not more important, than the information they provide. For instance, the subject of literature teaches insight, perception, and compassion for the human condition. The subject of history develops judgment, discernment, acumen, and wisdom; The subject of math teaches accuracy and logic. Those qualities of mind are priceless and what differentiates the educated person from the uneducated. Likewise, the mind of the student that has been educated in Latin takes on the qualities of Latin: logic, order, discipline, structure. Latin requires and teaches attention to detail, accuracy, patience, precision, and thorough, honest work. Latin will form the minds of your students. Think of the mind like the body. Latin is a mental workout, and Latin is your mental trainer.

8 Latin aids the mind in other ways ... Latin is a unit study where the work is done for you. The appeal of a unit study is that everything is connected and integrated. Things stick together and make more sense. So much of learning is fragmented into subjects that seem isolated from each other. But creating a unit study is a lot of work, and unit studies are limited to a small section of knowledge. Latin is a unit study where the work is done for you, where everything integrates naturally, where the connections are there for you to discover. There is no subject you can study that connects with every other subject more than Latin. Remember all of the connections with science and math, logic, theology, law? Everything from the ancient

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world has come down to us filtered through the Latin language. For 1000 years, the only language we had was Latin. When you learn Latin you are learning the history of just about everything. Learning is mostly words. Words, words, words. And most of them are Latin words. Learning is making connections. The more you know, the more you can learn and the easier it is to acquire new knowledge because it will stick to something you already know. Latin gives you more stickies than any other subject. It is like academic velcro. It connects with everything.

9 Latin is transformative. Latin will change your curriculum and homeschool from good to great. Latin provides the missing element in modern education—the glue, the integrating factor. Latin does for the language side of the curriculum what math does for science. It provides the mental discipline and structure that the humanities side of the curriculum desperately needs. The two most difficult and challenging subjects in the curriculum are mathematics and languages. Both subjects are necessarily cumulative. Everything must be remembered; nothing can be forgotten. A cumulative subject builds year after year, requiring skills each year that are more and more advanced, higher and higher, deeper and deeper. By contrast, most subjects are topical, not cumulative. For instance, if you are studying history and zone out during the Revolutionary War the first term and make a D, you can wake up and redeem yourself the second term for the Civil War and make an A. You can’t do that with math and Latin. And that is why they are hard. So much of learning is superficial, shallow, on the surface. The only way to get out of the shallow waters is to dive deep into one subject. Students need that experience. We talk a lot about higher order thinking, but there is only one way to reach a high order of thinking, and that is to dive deep into one subject. The only subject that gives that experience now is math. We need that kind of experience on the language side of the curriculum. Latin is the answer.

10 Latin is the language of Western Civilization. If we plan to save Western civilization, we must study it. No one would think that we could study and preserve American civilization without studying and preserving English. The same is true of Western civilization. Latin is the mother tongue of Western civilization. The original thinkers in the ancient world were the Greeks and the Hebrews, but it was the Romans that summarized, synthesized, codified, and handed it down to us—in Latin. It could have been Greek or Hebrew, but it wasn’t. In the providence of God, it was Latin. And now Latin has spread over the world in all of the sciences, law, five Romance languages and one hybrid: English. Latin is the most influential language in human history. Learn Latin! You will be doing your part to save Western civilization and transform your education from good to great. Latin is not dead; it’s immortal.

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Latin

Grades 3-6

Teacher Manual Sample Pages

Latina Christiana by Cheryl Lowe Grades 1-4 (see Latin course guide on p. 20)

Latina Christiana I is, quite simply, the best Latin grammar course available for beginning students. Cheryl Lowe’s clear explanations, easy instructions, and step-by-step approach have led thousands of teachers and students to declare, “I love Latin!” Online Academy

Each of the 25 lessons consists of a grammar form, ten vocabulary words, and a Latin saying that teaches students about their Christian or classical heritage. Five review lessons help ensure that your student has mastered the material. In addition, every lesson includes simple English derivatives of Latin words to help build English vocabulary. “I have taught my own children using Exercises reinforce memory work and your LC books and Henle, and yours is teach grammar in incremental steps the best curriculum available.” through simple translation. Grammar - V.B., Latin teacher coverage includes 1st-2nd declension nouns, 1st-2nd conjugation verbs, 1st-2nd declension adjectives, the irregular verb to be, and 1st-2nd person pronouns. The Teacher Manual includes a complete copy of the student book with overlaid answers and provides detailed weekly lesson plans, comprehensive teaching instructions, tests, weekly quizzes, and keys. The thirty lessons can be completed in a year for young students or in less time for older students. *Note: Students may move straight from Latina Christiana I to First Form Latin. See guide on p. 20.

Latina Christiana II continues the study of Latin grammar using the

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Latin "... I was quite reluctant to change programs, but I'm glad I did! It is well laid out, presents the information in bite-sized pieces, has a good amount of review and worksheets for each lesson, and explains the grammar and information very well." - Linda

First Form:

Latin Grammar: Year 1 • 5 noun declensions • 1st - 2nd declension adjectives • 1st - 2nd conjugations in 6 tenses (active voice) • sum in 6 tenses • Syntax: nominative and accusative cases complementary infinitive subject-verb agreement noun-adjective agreement predicate nouns and adjectives

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Latin Grammar: Year 2 • 2nd declension -er -ir nouns and adjectives • 3rd declension i-stem nouns • 3rd declension adjectives of one termination • 1st and 2nd person pronouns and possessive pronoun adjectives • Prepositions with ablative and accusative • Adverbs and questions • 3rd, 3rd –io, and 4th conjugations in 6 tenses (active voice) • Present system passive of 1st - 4th conjugations and -io verbs • Syntax: genitive of possession dative of indirect object ablative of means and agent

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Based on 20 years of teaching experience, this revolutionary new series will be your guide as you and your students successfully climb the mountain of Latin grammar all the way to the top! Written for parents and teachers with or without a Latin background, the goal of the First Form series is to present the grammar so logically and so systematically that anyone can learn it! Designed for students and teachers with no Latin background, each course in the First Form series is formatted with an attractive, concise student text, systematic presentation in five units, extensive workbook exercises, and a teacher manual with everything you need to successfully teach this course. First Form’s grammar-first approach focuses on grammar forms and vocabulary because those are the grammar stage skills suitable for the grammar stage student. However, the First Form series is for students of all ages because all beginners, regardless of age, are in the grammar stage of learning. Syntax (how to use the grammar) and translation are logic and rhetoric stage skills, respectively, and quickly overwhelm the student unless they are introduced at a slow, gentle pace and taught for mastery. First Form is the ideal text for all beginners, grades 5 & up, or is a great follow-up to Latina Christiana I. Now every school and homeschool can have a truly successful Latin program that creates Latin scholars rather than Latin drop-outs.

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First Form Latin Student Text Sample

• Perfect system passive of 1st - 4th conjugations and -io verbs • 4th declension neuter nouns • 3rd declension adjectives of one and three terminations • Imperative mood, vocative case • Nine irregular adjectives • Regular and irregular comparison of adjectives and adverbs • Pronouns: 3rd person, demonstrative, intensive, reflexive • Active and passive subjunctive of 1st - 4th conjugations and -io verbs • Syntax: apposition adjectives used as nouns objective and partitive genitive subjunctive in purpose clauses, exhortations, deliberative questions

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Latin

Grades 8+

An Ideal Latin Sequence Trivium Stage

Henle Latin: Advanced Christian Latin by Robert Henle

In the First Year text, a limited vocabulary of 500 words allows students to master grammar without being overwhelmed with large vocabulary lists. Repetitious Latin phrases and copious exercises produce mastery rather than frustration, and the mixture of Christian and classical content is appealing to students. *Note: Though Henle is considered a Catholic text, its superiority as a teaching resource and the outstanding benefits of its Christian perspective also make it appropriate for Protestants.

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Primary Grammar Prep

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Grammar Stage

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Second Form Latin

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6th

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Fourth Form Latin Lingua Angelica Gospel of Mark

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Rhetoric Stage

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Read Latin literature

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Christian & Medieval Latin

Memorize the Latin grammar

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Prima Latina Copybook New! New American Cursive Grades 1-4

If you love Prima Latina and New American Cursive, then you will love this book! Get ready to help your children practice their Latin while developing their penmanship skills. Includes a cursive vocabulary practice page from each Prima Latina lesson and a cursive Latin prayer practice page for each Prima review lesson.

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Every statement here is a step in the reasoning process. I know that Gabriel is non-material because I know that Gabriel is an angel and I know that angels are non-material. I know this only because I went through the steps. But angels don’t have to go through the steps. For a man, if A imples B, and B implies C, then—and only then—do we know that A implies C. But an angel doesn’t have to go to all this trouble. An angel does not have to think about A implying B and B implying C. He knows immidiately that A implies C. A rational being has to reason like this to go from one set of truths to another. Men have to do this because they are complex beings. We perceive things directly, but we do not understand truths directly. Our being is divided between perceiving and knowing. We are complex beings in the sense that we are perceivers and knowers, but we are not both at the same time. To know something as true, we have to take what we apprehend through our senses and fashion those things into rational steps so we can understand that truth. This is a lot of trouble, of course, and if you think it’s easy, just take a look at the Internet sometime to see how few people are able to do it correctly. But angels are very different. Angels are not complex beings. They are simple beings. They are not both perceivers and knowers, as men are. They are only knowers. They do not have to rely on sense at all, since they are not material beings. We men see truth “through a glass, darkly.” But angels see it directly. Because they are simple, they do not have to go through steps in the process of apprehending truth: it is immediately accessible to them without the necessity of reason. My friend was making the mistake of thinking that the only way you could apprehend the truth was through reason. And when I said angels were not rational, he heard me as saying that angels couldn’t apprehend truth—reason being the only way to apprehend truth.

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But the nature of men is different from the nature of angels. His mistake was to think that angels needed reason to apprehend truth. They don’t. Their nature allows them to see truth directly, without the aid of reason. We are intermediate beings—intermediate between angels and animals. Man, said Gregory the Great, “senses in common with the brutes, and understands with the angels.” Like brutes, but unlike angels, we have senses. Like angels, but unlike brutes, we understand. But, unlike both angels and brutes, we reason. We know truths unnaturally, in a sense that our nature prevents us from knowing them directly. Angels know truths naturally, since it is in their nature to apprehend truth immediately. Humans, says St. Thomas Aquinas, “obtain their perfection in the knowledge of truth by a kind of movement and discursive intellectual operation; that is to say, as they advance from one known thing to another.” But angels don’t have to go through this process to a knowledge of truth, “because in the truths which they know naturally, they at once behold all things whatsoever that can be known in them.” My e-mail correspondent thought that saying that angels were not rational was a kind of slight. But if you look at why classical Christian thought said they were not rational, you would realize that this was not a slight at all. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Angels are not rational beings, but intellectual beings. To say that their intellection is rational, like humans, is not to defend the integrity of angels, but to unwittingly impugn it. To St. Thomas, rationality is a defect of the intellect, not any kind of perfection. To say that an angel is rational would be an insult to an angel, not a compliment.

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Classical Rhetoric with Aristotle is a guided tour through the first part of the greatest single book on communication ever written: Aristotle’s Rhetoric. With questions that will help the student unlock every important aspect of the book, along with fill-in-the-blank charts and analyses of great speeches, this companion text to Aristotle’s great work will send the student on a voyage of discovery from which he will return with a competent knowledge of the basic classical principles of speech and writing.

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How to Read A Book: A Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer Adler & Charles Van Doren

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Figures of Speech: 60 Ways to Turn a Phrase by Arthur Quinn

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Martin Cothran, a writer and teacher, is the director of the Classical Latin School Association, editor of the Classical Teacher magazine, and the author of Memoria Press' Traditional Logic, Material Logic, Classical Rhetoric, and Lingua Biblica.

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From earliest times, Christians have argued about the role of pagan learning in Christian education. The debate has never gone away, but generally speaking, the church has preferred rather to use the learning of the pagans than to repudiate it.

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n essential part of the classical Christian education that held sway in schools from the Middle Ages until fairly recent times was a familiarity with Greek and Roman mythology, a mastery of the history of these great civilizations, and an immersion in their literature. Medieval philosophers and theologians drank deeply from the well of philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle in their quest to make intellectual sense of and to articulate Christian truths. And Christian thinkers since then have not only availed themselves liberally of the classical heritage in history and literature, but have been on the vanguard of classical learning. There are many examples of contemporary Christian thinkers who have professed a debt to the learning of the ancients, but none is more well known than C. S. Lewis. Almost 50 years after his death, Lewis' writings are still among the most widely read and discussed Christian works. Virtually all of his books are in print, and many of them are still bestsellers. His works of Christian apologetics remain among the most lucid statements of Christian belief ever penned. Everything Lewis wrote bears the marks of a mind soaked and steeped in the classics of Greece, Rome, and Jerusalem—as well as the Anglo-Saxon and Teutonic cultures that mingled with the Biblical and classical cultures to produce English and American culture as we know it.

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Everything Lewis wrote bears the marks of a mind soaked and steeped in the classics of Greece and Rome and Jerusalem — as well as the Anglo-Saxon culture.

But even many of Lewis’ most devoted readers do not know why Lewis became a Christian. It is a story that tells us much about the relationship between Christianity and the paganism it superceded.

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n his book The Inklings, Humphrey Carpenter tells the story of an afterdinner walk Lewis took in September of 1931 with his friends J. R. R. Tolkien and Hugo Dyson on the grounds of Magdallen College, a part of Oxford. Lewis was a professor of Medieval and Renaissance literature there, and he invited the two fellow professors over to the college. After eating, the three men strolled along the banks of the River Cherwell, and the talk turned to mythology. Lewis was intimately familiar with the classical mythology of Greece and Rome, and was even more enamored of the Norse myths of Scandinavia and Iceland. Lewis believed these stories he admittedly loved to be lies, he told Tolkien, albeit beautiful lies— “lies and therefore worthless,” he said, “even though breathed through silver.” He was overcome by the beauty of the stories of the ancients. They appealed to the human imagination in a way that struck squarely at the heart. And he was familiar even then with the Gospel accounts in the New Testament, accounts which he had no doubt at least claimed to be historical: All I am in private life is a literary critic and historian, that’s my job. And I am prepared to say on that basis if anyone thinks the Gospels are either legend or novels, then that person is simply showing his incompetence as a literary critic. I’ve read a great many novels and I know a fair amount about the legends that grew up among early people, and I know perfectly well the Gospels are not that kind of stuff.

The problem for Lewis, however, was that, while myth harbored meaning and beauty ("Joy," he would later call it), it was not true. History, on the other hand, while true, harbored no meaning or beauty. But Tolkien protested. The myths were not lies, said the man who would later go on to write his own British mythology, published as The Silmarillion, from which he derived the stories that we now know as The Lord of the Rings. And as he said this, says Carpenter, a breath of wind blew through the leaves. “We held our breath,” Lewis later recalled.

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Carpenter portrays Tolkien, his attention now turned toward the trees along the river, responding to Lewis by attacking the mechanistic mode of thought that Lewis espoused that saw the mythological view of the world as merely fantastic: To you, a tree is simply a vegetable organism, and a star simply a ball of inanimate matter moving along a mathematical course. But the first men to talk of ‘trees’ and ‘stars’ saw them very differently. To them the world was alive with mythological beings. They saw the stars as living silver, bursting into flame in answer to the eternal music. They saw the sky as a jeweled tent, and the earth as the womb whence all living things have come. To them, the whole of creation was “myth-woven and elf-patterned.”

Tolkien saw that there is more than just impersonal, mechanistic law behind the world, and that there was no problem reconciling the imagination and the intellect. But Tolkien had not finished. Because man was made in the very image of God, he argued, man is not ultimately a liar. He may pervert the things of God for his own ends, but he can never fully efface the image of God in him. He can never really be satisfied with lies. He can never escape who he really is. And for this reason, even the pagan myths retain a semblance of eternal truth, however corrupted. Ultimately, even in his imaginative creations, man is pulled back to the truths that answer to the call of his own true nature. But it was late, and so the three men returned to Lewis’ rooms, where the talk now turned specifically to Christianity. And it was at this point that the course of Lewis’ life changed forever.

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fter sitting down and filling their pipes, Tolkien called Lewis’ notice to an interesting fact: the similarity of the Christian story to pagan mythology. If you look at the myths of pagan civilizations, they all seemed to have certain things in common. Late 19th century and early 20th century scholars like George Frazer and Otto Rank observed that there were certain mythological motifs that recurred across civilizations and across time: the Creation, the Flood, the Apocalypse. Joseph Campbell, the late 20th century writer, noted that all hero stories in all civilizations contain the same basic elements: a miraculous birth, a trial and quest, a descent into the underworld, a death and resurrection, and an ascension and apotheosis. George Lucas, an avid reader of Campbell, consciously included these elements in his Star Wars movies. All these scholars had differing theories about what Rank called the “baffling similarity” in these myths, but they all seemed to agree that the similarity of the pagan

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myths to Christianity meant that Christianity was just another myth—perhaps more developed and advanced, but mythical (and unhistorical) just the same. The idea that Christianity was just another myth had been addressed by Chesterton a number of years before. In 1904, Chesterton had engaged in a public debate with the British atheist newspaper editor Robert Blatchford, in which he addressed this argument: Mr. Blatchford and his school point out that there are many myths parallel to the Christian story; that there were Pagan Christs, and Red Indian Incarnations, and Patagonian Crucifixions, for all I know or care. But does not Mr. Blatchford see the other side of the fact? If the Christian God really made the human race, would not the human race tend to rumours and perversions of the Christian God? If the centre of our life is a certain fact, would not people far from the centre have a muddled version of that fact? If we are so made that a Son of God must deliver us, is it odd that Patagonians should dream of a Son of God? The Blatchfordian position really amounts to this—that because a certain thing has impressed millions of different people as likely or necessary, therefore it cannot be true … I like paradox, but I am not prepared to dance and dazzle to the extent of [Blatchford], who points to humanity crying out for a thing, and pointing to it from immemorial ages, as proof that it cannot be there. The story of a Christ is very common in legend and literature. So is the story of two lovers parted by Fate. So is the story of two friends killing each other for a woman. But will it seriously be maintained that, because these two stories are common as legends, therefore no two friends were ever separated by love or no two lovers by circumstances? It is tolerably plain, surely, that these two stories are common because the situation is an intensely probable and human one, because our nature is so built as to make them almost inevitable.

Tolkien tried to disabuse Lewis of the notion that the mere similarity of the Christian story with pagan myths was a reason to reject the Christian story. Like Chesterton, he argued that the case was just the reverse. The first step in Tolkien's argument was to show that the Gospel stories themselves (stories Lewis already believed to be historical claims) were themselves mythical in their imaginative appeal. He compared the Gospel story in this respect with a particular kind of myth: the fairy tale. One of the things that distinguishes fairy tales from other myths, he argued, is something he called Consolation. Consolation is the joy of a happy ending. And the highest form of this Consolation is the kind of happy ending that surprises us. Tolkien coined his own term for this surprise happy ending: Eucatastrophe.

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At the end of the traditional dramatic tragedy, the protagonist experiences a sudden turn for the worse: a catastrophe. But euchastrophe is different. It is, literally, “the good catastrophe, the sudden joyous ‘turn.’” In his later autobiography, Lewis himself gives an example of eucatastrophe from the story of Odysseus returning home after ten years to find his house filled with suitors accosting his wife. She had been stalling, hoping against hope for the return of her husband. But what can he do against the over 100 men who have occupied his home? Odysseus, disguised as a beggar, arrives back at his dining hall, takes up the bow of Iphitus hanging on his wall, strings it, and, to the surprise and shock of the suitors drinking his food and his wine, he slaughters them all. In Tolkien's own Lord of the Rings too, the journey of Sam and Frodo through Mordor and to the fires of Mt. Doom is perhaps the best example of eucatastrophe: Just as it seems that the entire quest has been in vain because of Frodo’s final decision, in the end, to keep the ring, Gollum steals it from him and unwittingly falls into the fire, destroying himself and the ring—and saving Middle Earth.

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e don’t know exactly how the conversation went that night in Lewis’ rooms, but we know from the scraps of information given by both men that they discussed how the Christian gospel was the ultimate eucatastrophe, and a eucatastrophe that exceeded all others because of its historical truth. Tolkien articulates this in his essay, "On Fairy Stories," published some sixteen years later in a book that Lewis himself edited: The Gospels contain a fairy-story, or a story of a larger kind which embraces all the essence of fairy-stories. They contain many marvels—peculiarly artistic, beautiful, and moving: “mythical” in their perfect, self-contained significance; and among the marvels is the greatest and most complete conceivable eucatastrophe. But this story has entered History and the primary world; the desire and aspiration of sub-creation has been raised to the fulfillment of Creation. The Birth of Christ is the eucatastrophe of Man’s history. The Resurrection is the eucatastrophe of the story of the Incarnation. This story begins and ends in joy. It has pre-eminently the “inner consistency of reality.” There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true, and none which so many sceptical men have accepted as true on its own merits. For the Art of it has the supremely convincing tone of Primary Art, that is, of Creation. To reject it leads either to sadness or to wrath.

But how did this answer Lewis’ objection? He had believed that fairy stories were meaningful but not real,

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while history was real but not meaningful. How could these two things—the real and the meaningful—be brought together? Tolkien continues: It is not difficult to imagine the peculiar excitement and joy that one would feel, if any specially beautiful fairy-story were found to be “primarily” true, its narrative to be history, without thereby necessarily losing the mythical or allegorical significance that it had possessed. It is not difficult, for one is not called upon to try and conceive anything of a quality unknown. The joy would have exactly the same quality, if not the same degree, as the joy which the “turn” in a fairy-story gives: such joy has the very taste of primary truth. (Otherwise its name would not be joy.) It looks forward (or backward: the direction in this regard is unimportant) to the Great Eucatastrophe. The Christian joy, the Gloria, is of the same kind; but it is preeminently (infinitely, if our capacity were not finite) high and joyous. But this story is supreme; and it is true. Art has been verified. God is the Lord, of angels, and of men—and of elves. Legend and History have met and fused.

Chesterton once said that Christianity was the "fulfillment of paganism," an expression which strikes the Christian ear wrong. Christianity has faced two Nemeses: the idolization of the intellect, which we see in modern secular rationalism, and the idolization of the imagination, which we see in ancient paganism. The answer, however, is to see that Christianity is the fulfillment both of man's intellectual and imaginative quests. The apostle John says in his Gospel that Jesus was the logos, a reference to the underlying principle of the cosmos which philosophers had been seeking since before Socrates. Lewis would realize this

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as well. But it was Tolkien who made him realize that, in addition to Christ's fulfilling man's search for the True, He was also the fulfillment of man's search for the Beautiful— and that, in fact, they culminate in the same thing. Christianity was a true myth—a story with all the meaning and beauty of a myth, but, unlike the other myths, it was one that had actually happened in history. The myths themselves, a testimony not to history but to human desire, were pointers to the culmination of history in the Gospel story.

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arpenter relates that Tolkien left his rooms, and that he and Dyson continued to talk until 4:00 a.m. In his autobiography, Lewis related his acceptance of God two years earlier. But this was a conversion “only to theism, pure and simple,” he had said, “not to Christianity.” But twelve days after saying goodbye to Tolkien and Dyson at Magdalen College, Lewis wrote to his friend Arthur Greeves: "I have just passed on from believing in God to definitely believing in Christ—in Christianity." Lewis came not only to accept, but embrace Tolkien's view of Christianity as a true myth. And it was through this that, in his own mind, the True and the Beautiful "met and fused."

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Classical Studies

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Famous Men of Rome

D'Aulaires' Greek Myths

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Famous Men of Rome is ideal for beginners of all ages who are fascinated by the action and drama of Rome. Online Inside are 30 stories, covering all of ancient Rome’s Academy history, from its founding to its demise. Your child will witness the rise and fall of a great civilization through the lives of larger-than-life figures.

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This is an ideal beginning book for your child’s classical education journey, regardless of age! Superbly written and illustrated, this classic introduces timeless tales that have enchanted people for thousands of years. Because they are everywhere in Western art and literature, Greek myths are the essential background for a classical education. You can hardly read Shakespeare without them! Online Academy

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If the Romans were history’s great men of action, the Greeks were history’s great men of thought. Dive into the Online lives and minds of thirty-two famous Greeks Academy through stories detailing the rise, Golden Age, and fall of Greece. The triumphs of Aristotle, Ptolemy, Ulysses, Pericles, Alexander the Great, and many others will enable your students to understand why the scope of Greek accomplishment is still known today as “The Greek Miracle.”

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The Trojan War

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The best preparation we have found for reading Homer, this study guide set was written to be used with Olivia Coolidge's The Trojan War, our favorite retelling of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. Each study guide lesson has reading notes, vocabulary, comprehension questions, and an enrichment section that includes extra discussion topics, writing projects, art, and map work. After studying The Trojan War with our study guide, your student will know Homer's main characters, the gods and goddesses, and the main storyline of the Iliad and Odyssey. $24.90 $11.95 $12.95 $6.95

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There are three works that are at the source of Western culture: the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid. After you have completed your study of Homer, the Aeneid is your next logical Great Book to study. Virgil's epic story of the founding of Rome will come alive when read with the help of our study guide as you continue your quest to master the classics. After reading Homer and Virgil, your students will have completed their first big step on the road to being classically educated! This is a great preparation for Latin AP Virgil also. $16.95 The Aeneid Student Gd. $16.95 The Aeneid Teacher Gd. $12.00 The Aeneid (David West translation)

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Upon the literary foundation of the West laid by the hands of Homer and Virgil sits a cathedral. That cathedral is Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. One of the crown jewels of both Western and Christian literature, the Comedy is an epic, allegorical poem accounting Dante’s spiritual journey of redemption that takes him through the pit of Hell (the Inferno) to the Beatific Vision of God (the Paradiso). The Comedy is necessary to any classical curriculum, for it is the union of two traditions, both Christian and classical. Let us be a Virgil (Dante’s guide in the Comedy) as we help guide your older student with helpful study questions, reading notes for difficult lines, and tests and quizzes for mastery. Let us also introduce your student to a great book meant to be read for a lifetime. $16.95 Divine Comedy Student Gd. $16.95 Divine Comedy Teacher Gd. $20.00 The Divine Comedy (John Ciardi translation)

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memoria press recommended curriculum agenda If you don't begin your classical education until middle or high school, it is never too late! We would suggest that you start with Year 5 of our Classical Studies Map and move forward from there. Before beginning your study of the classics, it is always helpful if your student has a basic knowledge of Greek mythology (D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths [p. 37]) and has read a retelling of the Trojan War (Olivia Coolidge's The Trojan War [p. 38]). Year 1

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Very often we call something modern because we do not know what is ancient.

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Fulton J. Sheen Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, a prolific author, speaker, and writer, has been one of the most celebrated churchmen of this century. He wrote some sixty books, and his radio and television programs drew an audience of thirty million listeners. His other popular books include his Marian classic, The World's First Love, and his autobiography, Treasure in Clay.

This article was taken from Life is Worth Living by Ignatius Press.

any so-called "modern" ideas are really old errors with new labels. We owe a greater debt to the past than is generally recognized. The waters of ancient cultures are constantly washing our shores. One of the greatest epic poets who ever lived was Homer, whom Plato called the educator of the Greeks. Homer wrote two great works, one called the Iliad and the other the Odyssey. The Iliad ends with the story of a defeated king, and the Odyssey with the story of a sorrowful woman. The first poem ends with a beautiful tribute paid to Hector as one of the greatest of Trojan heroes. In the other poem, the Odyssey, which is concerned with Odysseus traveling about the world, there is the story of his wife, who was courted by many suitors. She said that when she finished weaving a particular garment, she would then decide on a suitor. The suitors did not know that each night Penelope undid the stitches that she put in during the daytime and thus remained faithful to Odysseus until he returned. Great classical scholars have wondered why Homer threw into the current of literature the story of a king who was made great in defeat and a woman glorious in sadness and tragedy. Greek philosophy was concerned with answering this question. As Chesterton put it, "The role of Hector anticipates all the defeats through which our race and religion were to pass." It was impossible for all the Greek philosophers to understand how there could be victory in defeat, how there could be nobility in suffering. There was really no answer given to this problem until the day of Calvary. Over five hundred years before the Christian era lived the great dramatist Aeschylus, who wrote Prometheus Bound. Prometheus is pictured as bound to a rock because he had stolen fire from Heaven. An eagle comes and devours his entrails—a symbol of modern man, whose heart is being devoured, not by an eagle, but by anxiety and fear, neuroses and psychoses. For these thousands of years mankind had been yearning for some kind of deliverance; that aspiration found its answer in the speech of Hermes to Prometheus, "Look not for any end, moreover, to this curse, until some God appears to accept upon his head the pangs of thy own sins vicarious."

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In the second dialogue of Alcibiades one reads that as Alcibiades was about to go into the temple, he came to Socrates, the wise man, and said, "What shall I ask of the gods?" And Socrates said, "Wait! Wait for a wise man who is to come, who will tell us how we are to conduct ourselves before God and man." Alcibiades said, "I am ready to do all He desires. When will He come?" Socrates said, "I know not when, but I know that He also desires your good." But Greek literature was not alone in picturing man craving for another wisdom than that of earth and another relief from inner misery than that given by man alone.

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he Eastern people had it too. The ancient Hindus sacrificed a lamb to Ekiam as they prayed, "When will the Savior come? When will the Redeemer appear?" Their avatars were not incarnations, but rather a descent of deities to the realm of man, such as Krishna, a deity who visited humanity, Bhagavad-Gita, who became a brother to all men, and Brahma, who was often pictured as one who would repair the faults of Kaliga, the ancient serpent. Confucius in his Morals continued this universal craving for a Savior when he wrote, "The Holy One must come from heaven who will know all things and have power over heaven and earth." On dying Buddha said, "I am not the first Buddha who came upon earth, nor shall I be the last. I will die, but Buddha will live, for Buddha is Truth. The Kingdom of truth will increase for about five hundred years .... In due time another Buddha will arise, and he will reveal to you the self-same eternal truth which I have taught." His disciple Ananda asked, "How shall we know him?" Buddha answered, "The Buddha who will come after me will be known as Maitreya, which means, 'He whose name is Love.'" Roman civilization struck the same chord, for all humanity is one. After answering that philosophy based on self-sufficiency was not sufficient, they craved for some inner purification; this prompted them to develop mystery religions. These cults led to many excesses, but their subjective dispositions were right, inasmuch as they saw man must have mystery as well as philosophy. Cicero, the great orator, quotes a sibyl as saying, "A King will come who must be recognized to be saved." Then Cicero asks, "Of what man and of what time did the sibyl speak?" In Latin, his question was, In quem hominem? "Was that question answered by another Roman?" Ecce Homo!: "Behold the Man."

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uetonius, in his life of Augustus, continued the traditional aspiration. "Nature has been in labor to bring forth a man who would be King of the Romans." The Senate was disturbed by this general expectation and passed a law forbidding anyone to let live a male child that year. The order was not executed because many of the senators' wives were with child. But it did show how much the ancient air was filled with a hushed expectancy that some great King was coming to the world. Tacitus confirmed this in his History: "Mankind is generally persuaded that the ancient prophecies of the East will prevail, and it will not be long until Judea would bring forth one who would rule the universe." Virgil's eclogue answers, "No, the golden age is here," for in the year 31 B.C. he wrote the "Fourth Eclogue" to honor Augustus. This poem has through the centuries been looked upon as Messianic, and recent studies at Oxford favor that judgment. Iam nova progenies caelo demittitur alto. "Already a new generation is being sent down from high heaven." Virgil lived in a world which gave no great dignity to woman. Yet in this poem, after describing the "promise of a Jove about to be" and the child as yet unborn, the last four lines speak to the child as already born. Incipe, parve puer, risu cognoscere matrem. "Begin, little child, to recognize your mother with a smile."

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nd now, as these expectations multiply, the greatest of them all is the Hebrew. The Hebrew civilization was destroyed by the King of Babylon in the year 586 B.C. He had taken back with him into Babylon one who was called the wisest and the most handsome of the Jews, Daniel. The King had a dream one night that neither he nor any of his aides could interpret. In the dream he saw a great and tremendous colossus. The head was of gold, the breast and arms were of silver, the belly and thighs were of brass, and the feet were part iron and part clay. And then great stones hewn from the mountains without hands came from the mountains, struck it in the feet of clay, and ground it into dust. Since his own sages could not tell the meaning, Daniel was summoned by the King to interpret the dream: "These are the kingdoms that will divide the world until the coming of the expected One of the world." "The empire of gold," he said, "is you. You will fall and be devoured by the empire of silver; the empire of silver will, in its turn, be conquered by the empire of brass; and the empire of brass will go down before the empire of iron and clay." In the year 538 B.C., the Medes and Persians came to this great city of Babylon, which was sixteen miles square, with sixteen gates of solid bronze giving

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entrance to it. Cyrus turned aside the waters of the Euphrates, which ran through the center of the city, and went into it under the walls in the dry bed of the river. That night Baltazaar was slain, and the empire of gold was taken over by the empire of silver. Then there arises a new power—the empire of brass. Trained in their games, knowing where to hazard and when to abandon, the Greeks now arose to swallow up the Persians, as the Persians had swallowed the Chaldeans. Greece could not bear the thought of being subdued by Asia. Every Greek prepared to defend his liberty, and the only dispute among them was who should do more for the public. Then arose the great Alexander of the Greeks. Brave as Darius III was, he could not stop either the genius or the arms of the great Greek, who carried his conquests into every land of the Persians, and at thirty-three years of age was destined to The new science show the vanity of all earthly glory. Sighing for new worlds pictured the world to conquer, he little suspected through a new that, at that age, the one world analogy. Before left to conquer and the only Galileo and Isaac one worth conquering, was the next. He died without Newton, the world leisure to settle his affairs and was seen as like an left his ambition to a simpleton organism. It would brother. It was the first great war between Europe and Asia. now be seen as like The beasts of paganism a machine. were devouring one another. The last great empire which God prepared now was ready to appear on the stage of the world's history. It was the mightiest of all! Rome, the empire of iron, looked to Greece and Carthage as its prey. Rome's screaming eagles went to war. Dragging her ponderous battering rams like chains, shaking the earth like marching mountains, her unbridled horses darting like hawks, the Romans moved on, while there came from ten thousand times ten thousand throats the cry of hate: Delenda est Carthago! (Carthage must be destroyed!) Rome under Scipio went to battle, and Carthage fell finally in 146 B.C. as nothing has fallen since Satan fell from Heaven. Rome became supreme. With her arms of iron, she crushed the agonizing kingdoms of the world, one after another. The world was at peace. There was nothing more to conquer. The Temple of Janus, which was kept open to pray for success in war and which was closed only twice in seven hundred years, was now closed again. Perhaps its doors were clogged with the dead bodies of its citizens. In any case, the world was at peace, and it was prophesied the King of Men would be born when the world no longer bore arms or went to battle.

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Caesar Augustus, now that the world was at peace, resolved to take a census of the greatest empire the world had ever known. In the great hall of his palace by the Tiber, he was casting up the accounts of the nations of the earth. Before him stretched on a frame was a chart labeled laconically: Orbis terrarum—Imperium Romanum. "The circle of the earth—the Roman Empire." A careful and thrifty man was Augustus, the Caesar of the earth. No one should escape the census, for Rome was the mistress of all. From the western ocean to the Persian plains, from the frozen north to the edge of the southern desert, the list went out from his hand to every sweating governor and satrap and tetrarch and king. The world is to be brought to unity. The human race had only one capital: Rome; one master: Caesar; one language: Latin. Morally the world was one in its sin and corruption; materially it was one, for it had reached the highest peak of organization and unity. There are no longer Medes or Persians, no longer Scythians or barbarians, no longer Greeks or Babylonians. There are only Romans; there are only men. Nations were not awaiting a king, but rather mankind was awaiting a king. Little did the bookkeeper of the Tiber know that he was aiding in the fulfillment of the Jewish prophet Micheas that the "Expected of the Nations" would be born in Bethlehem. The census notice was finally posted in the little village of Nazareth that a carpenter might read it—he who belonged to the defunct royalty of the family of David, whose city was Bethlehem. He and his espoused wife, Mary, journeyed to Bethlehem. There rings out over the softness of the evening breeze a cry, a gentle cry, the cry of a newborn baby. The sea could not hear the cry, for the sea was filled with its own voice. The great ones of the earth could not hear the cry, for they could not understand how God could be greater than a man. Wise men came from the East, perhaps Persia. They saw the Babe—a Babe whose tiny hands were not quite long enough to touch the huge heads of the cattle, and yet hands that were steering the reins that keep the sun, moon, and stars in their orbits. Shepherds came, and they saw baby lips that did not speak, and yet lips that might have articulated the secret of every living man that hour. The Babe could not walk, because those baby feet could not bear the weight of Divine Omnipotence. Eternity is in time; Omnipotence in bonds; God in the form of man. The yearnings of Buddha, of Confucius, of Aeschylus, of Virgil, of Socrates, of Plato—all were now realized in a Child in the stable. Incipe, parve puer. "Begin, little Child, to recognize Thy mother with a smile."

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