In Latin, Omnibus means "all encompassing."
The Omnibus Curriculum from Veritas Press is designed to help enlighten, train, and develop young minds through the study of everything important, long-lasting, and true: the ideas, arguments and expression of the Western Canon as expressed in the Great Books.
Omnibus V: The Medieval World is the fifth in a series of six books that repeat a three-year cycle of Ancient, Medieval, and Modern history; the first three are at the Logic stage, and the latter three at the Rhetoric stage. Omnibus V is recommended for 11th grade, but parents may wish to preview the material to see whether their student is at a rigorous enough reading and maturity level for the materials covered. The second three books in the series may be used in any order for children at that level.
Completing Omnibus V will provide the student a full credit in World Medieval History II, Doctrine and Theology V, and World Medieval Literature II. Combining these disciplines will have students grow in their appreciation of the unity of all knowledge, and all the material is taught through a biblical worldview. An additional feature is the inclusion of six essays in each year (18 total in Omnibus IV, V and VI) exposing students to various other disciplines to consider for courses of study in college and careers. Just like Omnibus II, Omnibus V covers early church fathers through the Reformation. But like Omnibus IV it studies more difficult texts, incorporates the growing rhetorical nature of the student, and engages them at a more mature, higher academic level.
Each volume features lists of both Primary and Secondary books. They function as two separate, but intertwined courses. Students can do one or the other or both (recommended). Primary books are the traditional Great Books, while the Secondary books provide balance in the areas of Theology, History and Literature, such as Don Quixote, Here I Stand, and The Travels of Marco Polo. Primary Books to read include: The Canterbury Tales, City of God, 1 & 2 Corinthians, The Consolation of Philosophy, Divine Comedy: Inferno, Divine Comedy: Paradise, Divine Comedy: Purgatory, Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves (The Faerie Queene), Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther: Selections from His Writings, The Lives of Thomas Becket, The Praise of Folly, The Prince, Romeo and Juliet, Matthew's Passion, Two Lives of Charlemagne, William of Malmesbury's, and Chronicles of the Kings of England.
Each chapter covers a Great Book, examining the author, context, significance, main characters, summary and setting, worldview, and providing an in-depth essay analyzing and teaching the important points of the work. Chapters conclude with five sessions for the Primary books course or three for Secondary that provide questions to consider, optional activities, reading assignments, cultural analysis, biblical analysis, application, summa questions, recitation comprehension questions, lateral thinking, review questions, and evaluation questions.
The included Teacher's Guide duplicates the student text and inserts answers to all questions, provides grading tools, and more.
Covering literature, history, and theology from a Reformed perspective, editors Douglas Wilson, Gene Edward Veith, and G. Tyler Fischer weave their understanding of God's providence and sovereignty throughout history. Evaluating worldview, and having a Christo-centric understanding of the world is central to what the editors and publisher set out as the goal for this program.