Classics Read in 2012

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This page will be updated frequently as I attempt to reconstruct when I read things.  Again my employment was limited, though as a tutor I worked more hours than is usual.  Yet still no self-respecting school would hire me as a teacher.


Polybius–The Rise of the Roman Empire

Cicero–Republic, Laws

Livy–History of Rome, Books XXI-XXX

Plutarch–Alcibiades, Coriolanus, Alcibiades and Coriolanus Compared, Timoleon, Aemilius Paulus,
Aemilius Paulus and Timoleon Compared,
Pelopidas, Marcellus, Marcellus and
Pelopidas Compared
, Aristides, Marcus Cato (Censor), Aristides and Marcus Cato Compared, Philopoemen, Flamininus, Flamininus and
Philopoemen Compared
, Pyrrhus, Caius Marius, Lysander, Sulla, Lysander and Sulla Compared, Cimon, Lucullus, Cimon and Lucullus
, Nicias, Crassus, Crassus and Nicias Compared, Sertorius,
Eumenus, Eumenus and Sertorius Compared, Agesilaus,
Pompey, Agesilaus and Pompey Compared, Alexander,
Caesar, Phocion, Cato the Younger,
Agis, Cleomenes, Tiberius Gracchus,
Caius Gracchus, Caius and Tiberius Gracchus and Agis and Cleomenes Compared, Demosthenes, Cicero, Cicero and
Demosthenes Compared
, Demetrius, Antony, Antony and Demetrius Compared, Dion,
Marcus Brutus, Brutus and Dion Compared, Aratus,
Artaxerxes, Galba, Otho

Suetonius–The Twelve Caesars

El Cid

The Niebelungenlied

Boccaccio–Decameron (remainder)

Machiavelli–Florentine Histories

Shakespeare–“The Taming of the Shrew”, “The Two Gentleman of Verona”, “The First Part of King Henry VI”, “The Second Part of King Henry VI”, “The Third Part of King Henry VI”, “The Life and Death of King John”, “Much Ado About Nothing”, “Titus Andronicus”, “Love’s Labour’s Lost”

Cervantes–Don Quixote

John Bunyan–Pilgrim’s Progress

John Locke–Some Thoughts Concerning Education

Henry Fielding–Joseph Andrews, Tom Jones

Montesquieu–The Persian Letters

Gibbon–The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (the last 500 pages in the Great Books of the Western World set)

John C. Calhoun–A Disquisition on Government

Charles Dickens–The Tale of Two Cities

Mark Twain–A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Letters from the Earth

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.–The Common Law

Jack London–White Fang

Franz Kafka–The Metamorphosis

Hemingway–“The Killers”, “Hills Like White Elephants”,
“The Indian Camp”, “The Doctor and the Doctor’s Wife”, “The End of Something”,
“The Three-day Blow”, “The Battler”, “Big Two-Hearted River: Part I”, “Big
Two-Hearted River: Part II”, “Now I Lay Me”, “In Another Country”, “A Way
You’ll Never Be”, “A Very Short Story”, “An Alpine Idyll”, “Fathers and Sons”,
“A Day’s Wait”, “The Undefeated”, “After the Storm”, “The Light of the World”, “A
Clean, Well-Lighted Place”, “Wine of Wyoming”, “The Capital of the World”, “The
Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber”, “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”, “Old Man at
the Bridge”

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