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  1. OK, he probably does have grounding in grammar but it's very rusty and I really have no idea how much he had. There's a lot you can do in English, too, that you can't do in most other European languages in their formal forms. He has not, unfortunately, kept up on his German. It's really too bad as he spoke technically perfect German for his age and it was a huge surprise to us when his fourth grade Grundschule teacher told us he was eligible. Many native speakers in his class did not qualify. I agree, he needs to be on board with this. At the moment, I'm really trying different baits to
  2. I have more than one child. ? The others are in public school at the moment but I anticipate that changing and, in any case, I'll be augmenting. This one only brought me to look at the lists of Great Books. I agree it's not practical to cover a lot of material with him. Though, at the same time, I know that I had a particular interest in Eastern literature in my late teens and was frustrated by the lack of support there was for that (which at the time was pretty much maxed out at parental help getting to Waldenbooks! Teachers were of little help). Had I had more support in this area, I think I
  3. Not saying they're all worthless, just most of the ones that I've seen have not been great. I'll check out World Masterpieces. Thanks! The focus on the great works is a way of approaching learning that I particularly agree with. Though I agree that the works of Hawthorne and Melville are important works, they largely belong with their time period and region of study, to my mind. There are significant works from non-Egyptian Africa, at least Nubia and Ethiopia, from the Late Medieval period (much earlier and more widespread works exist but are not really usable below the graduate lev
  4. Excellent suggestions, thank you! Kind of. But not much more so that most of the Hebrew Scripture and heavily overlapping the same, as well as containing clear analogs to Greek myths, so I consider it more of a part of the Western Tradition, sort of Proto-Western. Definitely a valuable work but not exactly what I'm trying to inject here. An important part of any study of the region or the time period though.
  5. I was actually referring to the reference lists of great works on here, not to what I'm looking for. Though I do have two middle-schoolers, so the topic is of interest, I was actually contrasting intermediate level (middle school) study with reading the great books themselves, which is my primary interest here.
  6. The Wikipedia lists are helpful but they are quantitative not qualitative. Even a look at the articles for those works that have them doesn't always give much as the works often rate an article simply for us knowing anything about a work produced so early. A couple word of text from the Hittite Old Kingdom rates an article. But yes, these are useful in absence of qualitative lists.
  7. Thanks, actually, this goes beyond just the one child who I mention in my other post. Though he inspired me to start thinking about this, I do realize that he may not be able to go very far into the ancients at all, let alone a broad worldview. I agree about shared history and cultural understanding being a huge hurdle but I also think this is as much a challenge with most ancient writing. While it may be easier to relate to Greeks due to their incredible influence on Western civilization, it's not that easy to relate to Biblical stories beyond the religious influences on our culture.
  8. I guess I wasn't very clear, was I? By direct study, I simply meant studying the works themselves and not works about the works, summaries, etc. but actually studying the non-Western Great Books themselves. I haven't found this to be true and there aren't any specific works, that's not what I meant, I want to know what works are out there. I've found world literature books to be overly selective in general. Initially, I'm looking for a good outline of the great works that aren't included in traditional classical study. Or even just a list. I'm looking to start from a list of the G
  9. Does anyone have any resources for studying the great works that include non-western works? I'm thinking mainly of Chinese and Vedic works, but also African and other Asian and I would include early Slavic, Gaelic, and Nordic works as not being part of the so-called Western Tradition. I notice that the intermediate level reading lists here and in WTM the book, include overviews but what about direct study. Having an almost entirely Western focused classical study seems horribly parochial in the 21st Century.
  10. We've recently withdrawn our 17 yo from public school just before the beginning of his 12th year. While he was homeschooled in 1st and 2nd grades and attended German school in 3rd thru 5th grades (including a year of Gymnasium), he has been in a Maryland public school ever since and has not thrived there, though he has done OK academically he hated it and had to be forced to apply himself to it in order to avoid failing for lack of interest. In attempting to salvage what we can of his education and hope to try to rebuild a little of his love (or at least tolerance) for learning, we're starting
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