The Rockford Institute
The History and Literature of the Ancient World
The fall semester is in full swing at the TRI Academy, but you need not live in Rockford to take this years offering, taught by Dr. Thomas Fleming. Dr. Fleming holds a Ph.D. in classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and is regarded as a leading authority on ancient Greek lyric poetry.
Dr. Fleming will provide a survey of Egypt and Mesopotamia before embarking on an in-depth examination of the history and literature of Greece and Rome. Readings will include works of Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenephon, Plutarch, Livy, and Tacitus, among others. The civilization of Europe and the United States is a legacy of ancient Greece and Rome, and the study of the history and literature of these great civilizations is the foundation of any serious education.
Correspondence students will receive in the mail each week an audiotaped lecture and any relevant course materials.
The course consists of 34 lectures and will run through May 2004.
$200.00 per semester
$375.00 per year
Sign up now. Once the course is complete, the cost of course materials will increase.
For more information or to sign up, please call Jan Kooistra at (815) 964-5811.
ANCIENT HISTORY CLASS
The Rockford Institute announced that it will offer a class this fall beginning on September 23rd on The History and Literature of the Ancient World. The class, which is open to the public, will be held at the Institutes offices at 928 North Main Street on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 PM.
The course will start with a survey of Egypt and Mesopotamia as a prelude to an in-depth study of the history and literature of Greece and Rome. The civilization of Europe and the United States is a legacy from ancient Greece and Rome, said Institute President Thomas Fleming, and the study of the history and literature of these great civilizations is the foundation of any serious education.
Studying ancient history is critical to a proper understanding of current events, Fleming added. Saddam Hussein modeled himself on the ancient rulers of Babylon, and there are ample lessons for America to learn from the imperialism of Athens and Rome.
The course will be taught by Fleming, who holds a Ph.D. in classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and is regarded as a leading authority on Greek lyric verse. Fleming described the Greek classics as the deepest and strongest current of human wisdom and beauty that has flowed into Christendom. The courses unique approach--the concurrent study of history and literature--will give students a thorough appreciation of the civilizations on which our own is built.
The Ancient History course is part of an expansion of the Institutes educational programs that has gained momentum and broadened in scope since Fleming became president of the Institute in 1997. The Institute now operates educational conferences in Europe and the United States called convivia, an annual Summer School in Rockford, a Local Lectures series, and semester long courses in history, literature, Latin, and Greek. Last years course was Real American History. Students who took the course excelled at the American History CLEP test earning them six hours of college credit.
It is one thing for a think tank to carp about the crisis in education in America, remarked Institute Vice President Christopher Check, It is another for it to roll up its sleeves and offer genuine alternatives rooted in the best our tradition has to offer. Americans who are serious about educating themselves and their children are going to have to take matters into their own hands, he added, and The Rockford Institute is here to help. What is more, we are determined to leave an enduring cultural legacy to the town in which God has planted us.
Reflecting this determination, the Institute is keeping the tuition low, $100.00 per semester, in order to make the course available to as many citizens of the Rock River Valley as possible. To take a comparable course at an American college or university, Check said, would cost many times what we are charging.
Anyone interested in taking the course should call the Institute at (815) 964-5811.
The Rockford Institute, based in Rockford, Illinois, is a not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the personal virtues and cultural institutions of Western Civilization. The Institute hosts conferences in the U.S. and abroad and publishes a monthly magazine: Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.
More events at The Rockford Institute