Sunday, July 27, 2014

Great Books 101 - Ancient to Medieval


I love that word when it comes to anything, but mostly when I can learn something new.

Hillsdale College is offering a free online course, Great Books 101 - Ancient to Medieval. If you need a refresher course or are unfamiliar with some or all of these classics, consider digging into some writing from our past.

Along with video and audio lectures by Hillsdale's professors, you will find the reading excerpt, a short quiz, and discussion opportunities with fellow students. After a final exam at the end of the course you will receive a certificate of completion.

The books offered are:

Homer, The Iliad

Homer, The Odyssey

Sophocles, Oedipus Rex

Virgil, The Aeneid

The David Story

The Book of Job

St Augustine, Confessions

Dante, Inferno

Chaucer, Canterbury Tales

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Our minds are like sponges and sometimes they get a bit dried up. When we find the time to keep learning, our minds are refreshed. Who knows where it will take us? A word, a thought, or perspective will expand our knowledge base and creativity. As I have been reading these classics, I have had fresh ideas for my own writing.

I hope you take time to get a little learning in this year and reap the benefits!

  After raising and homeschooling her 8 children and teaching art classes for 10 years, Kathy has found time to pursue freelance writing. She enjoys writing magazine articles and more recently had her story, "One of a Kind", published in The Kids' ArkYou can find her passion to bring encouragement and hope to people of all ages at When It Hurts


  1. Kathleen, great topic. It's rare for these classics to be brought up and they're excellent reads. Thanks for reminding us to read them or reread them for ideas and inspiration.

    1. You're welcome! I just finished the course and loved every minute of it.

  2. Thank you for this information, Kathleen. I agree that we have to keep on learning and expanding our reading interests.

    1. You're welcome, Shirley. The course taught me so much about people and how we are not much different than those who lived centuries ago. Good fodder for writing!

  3. These online courses are great - I've done several through Coursera and found them very valuable. My favourite was ModPo run by the PennU - on Modern and Contemporary american Poetry and it was exceptional. The course had a big impact on my writing.

    1. Such a privilege to sit in the comfort of our homes and learn!

  4. Thanks for the tip Kathy. Classics are always great to revisit. I have also done some Coursera courses and found them interesting.

  5. You're welcome, Mary Jo. I will have to check out the Coursera courses.

  6. I shall certainly be looking into that course, Kathleen, and Coursera. Here in the UK we have, also free, where I've just started a course in Forensic Psychology. It's already come in useful for one of my novella plots.


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