Classics Read in 2008-09

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This page will be updated frequently as I attempt to reconstruct when I read things; for some of them I have firm dates, as for the ones I read during certain semesters or the ones I read when I was on trips.  At this point I was in school, so some of these I read for that purpose, and most I read on my own.  The ones I read for school will be noted.  Many of these I was told not to read by my own professors.

Homer–The Odyssey

Sun-Tzu–The Art of War

Aeschylus–“The Suppliant Maidens”, “The Persians”, “The Seven Against Thebes”, “Prometheus Bound” (dubious attribution), “Agamemnon”, “The Libation Bearers”, “The Eumenides”

Sophocles–“Ajax”, “Philoctetes”, “The Women of Trachis”, “Electra”, “Oedipus as King”, “Oedipus at Colonus”, “Antigone”

Plato–Timaeus, Critias, Meno, Euthyphro, Apology, Crito

Aristotle–Nicomachean EthicsPolitics (for Independent Study for Humanities, under Dr. Robert O. Lopez)

Virgil–The Aeneid (for Independent Study for Humanities, under Dr. Robert O. Lopez)

Plutarch–Theseus, Romulus, Theseus and Romulus Compared, Lycurgus, Numa Pompilius, Lycurgus and Numa Compared, Solon,
Publicola, Solon and Publicola Compared, Themistocles,
Camillus, Pericles, Fabius, Fabius and Pericles Compared

Tacitus–The Annals of Imperial Rome, The Histories

The Bible, King James Version (for Independent Study in Religious Studies, under Dr. Rick Talbott)

Nicomachus of Gerasa–Introduction to Arithmetic

Galen–On the Natural Faculties

Augustine of Hippo–Confessions, City of God, On Christian Doctrine (for Independent Study in Religious Studies, under Dr. Rick Talbott)

Aquinas–Treatise on Creation, Treatise on the Work of the Six Days, Treatise on the Trinity, Treatise on the Angels, Treatise on Man, Treatise on the Divine Government, Treatise on the Last End (for Independent Study in Religious Studies, under Dr. Rick Talbott)

Dante–The Divine Comedy (for Independent Study for Humanities, under Dr. Robert O. Lopez)

Boccaccio–Decameron (6 stories, though I cannot remember which ones) (for Independent Study for Humanities, under Dr. Robert O. Lopez)

Chaucer–Troilus and Criseyde

Machiavelli–The Prince

Hobbes–Leviathan

Montaigne–Essais, Book I

Shakespeare—“The Comedy of Errors”, “A Midsummer Night’s
Dream”, “Twelfth Night”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Macbeth”, “King
Lear”, “Hamlet”, “The Tempest”, “Othello”, “Julius Caesar”, “Antony and
Cleopatra”, “Coriolanus”, “The First Part of King Henry IV”, “The Second Part of King Henry IV”, “King Henry V”

Sir Francis Bacon–“The New Atlantis”

Pascal–The Provincial Letters

Milton–Areopagitica

Locke–Second Treatise on Civil Government, A Letter Concerning Toleration

Bishop Berkeley–Treatise on the Principles of Human Knowledge

Rousseau–The Social Contract, Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Discourse on Political Economy

David Hume–An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Thomas Paine–The Rights of Man

Adam Smith–The Theory of Moral Sentiments (for Independent Study for Humanities, under Dr. Robert O. Lopez)

The Federalist, #s 1-25

Burke–Reflections on the Revolution in France (for Independent Study for Humanities, under Dr. Robert O. Lopez)

Goethe–Faust

Mark Twain–The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Old Times on the Mississippi

Nietzsche–On the Genealogy of Morals

Mill–Utilitarianism

Max Weber–The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

James Joyce–A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

FItzgerald–The Love of the Last Tycoon, The Great Gatsby

Orwell–Nineteen Eighty-Four, “Politics and the English Language”

F.A. Hayek–The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism

From the Gateway to the Great Books set (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gateway_to_the_Great_Books),

Henry Adams, “St. Thomas Aquinas”

John Stuart Mill, “Childhood and Youth”

Jean de la Bruyere, “Characters”

Thomas Carlyle, “The Hero as King”

Nathaniel Hawthorne, “Sketch of Abraham Lincoln”

Walt Whitman, “Death of Abraham Lincoln”

Virginia Woolf, “The Art of Biography”

William H. Prescott, “The Land of Montezuma”

Haniel Long, “The Power Within Us”

Pliny the Younger, “The Eruption of Vesuvius”

Benjamin Franklin, “”A Proposal for Promoting Useful Knowledge among the British Plantations in America”, “Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania”, “Essay on the Morals of Chess”

George Washington, “”Circular Letter to the Governors of All the States on Disbanding the Army”, “The Farewell Address

Thomas Jefferson, “The Virginia Constitution”, “Biographical Sketches”

Abraham Lincoln, “Address at Cooper Institute“; “First Inaugural Address“; “Letter to Horace Greeley”, “Meditation on the Divine Will”; “The Gettysburg Address“; “Second Inaugural Address“; “Last Public Address”

Jean de Crevecouer, “The Making of Americans”

Lucian, “The Way to Write History”

T.S. Eliot–“Tradition and the Individual Talent”, “Dante” (both of these for Independent Study for Humanities, under Dr. Robert O. Lopez)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, “A Lasting Peace through the Federation of Europe”

Immanuel Kant, “Perpetual Peace”

I attempted Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things but at this juncture aborted it, not having enough knowledge to understand it.  I also began Herodotus’ Histories, read about 100 pages, and put it down.

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