TRADITIO NOSTRA

 

Brief Description of Traditio Nostra Courses:

Traditio NostraTraditio Nostra’s class format is that of a “great books” seminar – students read primary works from the great authors and authoresses of Catholic & Western Civilization and then discuss them in a round-table format, thus joining what has been referred to as the “Great Conversation.”  The students learn to read, listen, speak, relish, and dispute the true, good, and beautiful things that “our tradition” has to offer.  The class is organized on a three-year cycle, covering: Ancient & Classical Times; The Christian Age; and Modern Times.  There are two levels of Traditio Nostra: the Intermediate (7th – 10th) and the Advanced (10th – 12th). In the Intermediate Level (TN 1, 2, and 3), care is taken to see that students are not overburdened by the books chosen, through abridgment and editing, as well as through the study aids provided in the course.  In the Advanced Level (TN 4, 5, and 6), the students read the unabridged great books, thus meeting the author’s most directly. For Schola Rosa co-ops, the Intermediate level is available. The Advanced levels have been tested in the R.A.S. Online Academy and are now being released based on existing co-op needs.

Level Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3
Intermediate (7th – 9th) TN 1 TN 2 TN 3
Advanced (10th – 12th) TN 4 TN 5 TN 6

*Note: The Advanced Level Traditio Nostra Courses are being released based on existing co-op needs. TN 5 is available for 2016-2017. TN 4 and TN 6 will be released at a future date.

Detailed Descriptions Intermediate Level (7th – 9th)

TN 1 ~ Ancient & Classical Times

This course covers the three great, ancient contributors to the West: the Hebrews, the Greeks, and the Romans. It is both a Literature and Socratic Discussion course.

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Genesis—Creation
Genesis—Covenant
Exodus—The Chosen People
Exodus & Leviticus—Law, Sin, and Offering
Deuteronomy—Blessing & Curse
Job—The Problem of Evil
Sirach—Filial Fear & Wisdom
Jonah—The Breadth of Compassion
Hesiod, Theogony—The Muses
Homer, Iliad—Excellence, the Hero & the Wife
Homer, Odyssey—Quest: Rights of Passage
Homer, Odyssey—Quest: The Return
Aesop’s Fables—Folk Wisdom, Lying
Lives of the Eminent Philosophers—Enquiry, Thales of Miletus
Herodotus & Thucydides—From Story to Enquiry
Sophocles, Antigone—The Power of the State
Plato, Courage—Socrates on Courage
Aristophanes, The Clouds—What is the Goal of Education?
Plato, Phaedo—What is the Best Way to Live and Die?
Aristotle, Ethics—Virtue
Aristotle, Politics—True Government
Euripides, Alcestis—Love
Virgil, Aeneid—Roman Piety & Patriarchy
Cato, De Agri Cultura—Men of the Land
Cicero, De Officiis—Natural Law
Cicero, Against Cataline—Oratory & Civic Law
Virgil, Aeneid—Republic & Empire
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations—Roman Stoicism
St. Augustine, City of God—The Failure of Rome

Whole Works of Literature (LIVE and Independent Study Plus ONLY)
The Jews: Wisdom Literature: The Psalms
The Greeks: Myth: The Iliad
The Romans: Biography: Lives of Eminent Romans

TN 2 ~ The Christian Age

This cycle covers the great age of synthesis: from the coming of our Lord to the Renaissance. It is a both a literature and Socratic discussion course.

364px-Dalziel_Brothers_-_Sir_Walter_Scott_-_The_Talisman_-_Sir_Kenneth_before_the_KingGreat Books & Themes (approximate)
Gospel of Matthew—Moral Teaching of Christ
Gospels of Matthew, Mark, & Luke—The Most Holy Sacrament
Gospel of John—The Divine Logos
St. Ignatius of Antioch—The Martyr’s Love
Origen—The Intellectualization of Christianity
Galen—Early Medicine, Modern Science, & Ancient Philosophy
Plotinus—Beauty
Nicean Crede—Unity of the Faith
St. Augustine—The Lure of Evil
St. Augustine—Knowing God & One’s Self
Boethius—God’s Omnipotence & Man’s Freedom
St. Benedict—Work & Prayer
St. Patrick of Ireland—Mission
St. John Damascene—Summation of the Age of Doctors
Al-Farabi—True Philosophy & the Gifts of the Islamic Tradition
The Song of Roland—Feudalism & Fighting for God
The Venerable Bede—Pilgrimage
Pope Urban II & St. Bernard of Clairvaux—Crusade
St. Jacobus de Voragine—The Golden Legend & Veneration of the Saints
St. Peter Damian—Christian Poetry
St. Hildegard von Bingen—Chant
Maimonides—Cause, Science, Design, & God
St. Francis of Assisi—Radicalism
Chretien de Troyes—Arthurian Romance
Roger Bacon—Experimental Methodology
St. Thomas Aquinas—Wisdom & Divine Truth
St. Thomas Aquinas—Reason & Faith
Dante Alighieri—Inferno

Whole Works of Literature (LIVE and Independent Study Plus ONLY)
New Testament (selections)
Beowulf, translated by J.R.R. Tolkien
Inferno by Dante, translated by Ciardi

TN 3 ~ Modern Times

This cycle covers from the beginning of the Enlightenment to the Present. It is a both a literature and Socratic discussion course.

800px-Hartmann_Maschinenhalle_1868_(01)Great Books & Themes (approximate)
Petrarch—What is a Humanist?
Boccaccio—Of Plagues & Pleasures
St. Thomas More—Crime & Punishment
Vasari—Michelangelo & the Popes
Erasmus—Funny about Reform
Ignatius of Loyola—Reform of the Self
Council of Trent—Catechism & Religious Education
Francis Bacon—A New Method
English Poets—Sonnets & Songs
Cervantes, Don Quixote—What is Real?
St. Robert Bellarmine, Doctor—Dying Well
Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Dream—Life, Love, & Donkeys
Bossuet—Politics from Holy Scripture
Documents of the “Bloodless”Revolution—Revolution
Jonathon Swift, Gulliver’s Travels—Satire & Modernity
John Locke—On the Nature of Government
Isaac Newton—The Principles of Mathematics
Pope, Essay on Man—Man’s Place in the Universe & Deism
The Documents of the Revolutions—Rights
Letter of Brutus & Federalist 10, 46—Federalist vs. Anti-federalist
Prosper Gueranger—Modern Scholarship & the Prayer of the Church
Francis Thompson—Pursued by God?
Tolkien & MacDonald—Faerie Stories
Christopher Dawson—The Soul of the West

Whole Works of Literarture (LIVE and Independent Study Plus ONLY)
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Lord of the World by Robert Hugh Benson
The Dawn of All by Robert Hugh Benson

 Detailed Descriptions – Advanced (10th – 12th Grade)

TN 4 ~ Ancient & Classical Times

755px-1865_Spruner_Map_of_Italy_before_the_Gauls_and_the_Marsicus_War_-_Geographicus_-_ItaliaGalliaCisalpina-spruner-1865This course covers the three great, ancient contributors to the West: the Hebrews, the Greeks, and the Romans. It is a both a literature and Socratic discussion course. The advanced level of the class means the students will read more freely and with fewer topical restraints. Tentatively, the works included, in whole or part, run as follows:

Great Books & Literature
Old Testament
The Iliad
The Odyssey
Pre-Socratic Philosophy (fragments)
Herodotus’ Histories
Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War
Selected Tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides
Selected Writings from Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, Livy, Plutarch, Cicero, Marcus Aurelius, and St. Augustine.

TN 5 ~ The Christian Age

502px-Master_of_Alkmaar_-_The_Seven_Works_of_Mercy_(detail)_-_WGA14368This course covers the great age of synthesis; from the birth of our Lord to the Renaissance. It is a both a literature and Socratic discussion course. The advanced level of “The Christian Age” will read more freely and with fewer topical restraints. Tentatively, the works included, in whole or part, run as follows:

Great Books
New Testament
Didache
On the Incarnation of the Word of God
The Confessions
The Consolation of Philosophy
The Rule of St. Benedict
The Rule of St. Francis
Proslogion/On Behalf of the Fool
On Loving God
Didascalicon
Selections from the works of St. Thomas Aquinas
The Divine Comedy

TN 6 ~ Modern Times

800px-MNBPRickettsBatteryPaintingThis course covers the beginning of the Enlightenment to the present. It is a both a literature and Socratic discussion course. The advanced level of “Modern Times” will read more freely and with fewer topical restraints. Tentatively, the works included, in whole or part, run as follows:

Great Books
Sidney, A Defense of Poetry & Sonnets
Montaigne, Essays
Descartes, Discourse on Method
Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I
St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life
The Council of Trent, Cannons & Decrees
Machiavelli, The Prince
More, Utopia
Pico, Oration on the Dignity of Man
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
John Milton, Paradise Lost
Jean Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract
The American & French Revolutions
Two Reflections on the Revolution: Condorcet & Burke
A Brief Newman Reader
Aeterni Patris, Leo XIII
Fulton Sheen, “The Historical Relation of Science and Philosophy”
Chesterton, Orthodoxy

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