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Wes Callihan

Wes Callihan

about the teacher

Wes Callihan grew up on a farm in Idaho and earned a BA in history from the University of Idaho in 1983. He has been teaching for 40 years in various institutions and is the founder of Schola Classical Tutorials, where he taught online classes in the great books and other classical subjects for the past 26 years. He is the primary lecturer in the Old Western Culture video series published by Roman Roads Press, and he has produced new versions of the Iliad and Odyssey, also published by Roman Roads Press. Like the Venerable Bede, he enjoys reading, writing, and teaching.

Statement of Faith

I teach as a Christian and in the light of the historic Christian faith. I affirm the Nicene Creed as a faithful summary of the Christian faith. The only spiritual requirements of the students are a good attitude, a willingness to learn, and a commitment to kindness and graciousness toward others, but it should be expected that the teaching will clearly, explicitly, and regularly reflect a historical and classical Christian perspective.


Introduction to Live Classes and the Flipped Classroom Model

Virtual Library Tour

The Iliad at a Glance

Teaching Excerpt: George Washington and Cincinnatus

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Old Western Culture
A Christian Approach to the Great Books
Old Western Culture guides high school students (and beyond) through the great books of Western civilization, from the epics of Homer to the novels of the early modern period.
On Duties
On Duties, by Marcus Tullius Cicero, with a new introduction by Wes Callihan
Homer's Iliad
published by Roman Roads Press
A new rendition of Homer's Iliad by Wes Callihan.
Homer's Odyssey
published by Roman Roads Press
A new rendition of Homer's Odyssey by Wes Callihan.


University of Idaho - 1983