readingg“To read is an act of creation in which no one can do our work for us.” —Proust

Great Books of the Ancient Greeks I
First Semester
Great Books of the Ancient Greeks II
Second Semester
Weekly Readings Weekly Readings
Note:
Before the second class read: Theogony – Hesiod and Prometheus 
Week 1
Orientation:  Intro to the Great Books
&; Socratic Discussion and
The Great Conversation, Adler
Week 18
Medea, Bacchae – Euripedes
Week 2
Theogony – Hesiod
Prometheus Bound -Aeschylus
Week 19
Peloponnesian War*  -Thucydides
Week 3
The Iliad – Homer
Week 20
Peloponnesian War*  -Thucydides
Week 4
The Iliad – Homer
Week 21
Fragments* – Presocratic Philosophers
Week 5
The Odyssey – Homer
Week 22
Ion, Meno – Plato
Week 6
The Odyssey – Homer
Week 23
Gorgias – Plato
Week 7
Agamemnon, Libation Bearers,
Eumenides – Aeschylus
Week 24
Republic* – Plato
Week 8
Trojan Women, Alcestis – Euripedes
Week 25
Symposium – Plato
Week 9
Aesop’s Fables* –Aesop
Week 26
Apology, Euthyphro – Plato
Week 10
Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus –Sophocles
Week 27
Crito, Phaedo – Plato
Week 11
Antigone – Sophocles, Hippolytus – Euripides
Week 28
Poetics, On the Heavens*, On the Soul* – Aristotle
Week 12
Histories* – Herodotus 
Week 29
Ethics*Metaphysics* -Aristotle
Week 13
Thanksgiving week – No classes on Thurs. and Friday
Week 30
Spring Break – March 30 and April 6
Week 14
Histories* – Herodotus
Week 31
Spring Break – March 30 and April 6
Week 15
Histories* – Herodotus
Week 32
Aristides, Alexander -Plutarch
Week 16
Lycurgus, Solon, Pericles, Alcibiades -Plutarch
Week 33
The Oath, On Ancient Medicine,
On Airs, Waters, Places –
 Hippocrates
Week 17
Oral Exams
Week 34
Elements*, Euclid
Week 35
Oral Exams (May 19-30)*Selections Only
Great Books of the Ancient Romans
First Semester
Great Books of the Ancient Romans to the Early Middle Ages
Second Semester
Weekly Readings Weekly Readings
Week 1
Aeneid – Virgil
Week 17
New Testament*
Week 2
Aeneid – Virgil
Week 18
Apocalypse (Book of Revelation)- St. John
Week 3
Livy*
Week 19
Confessions – Augustine
Week 4
Livy*
Week 20
Confessions – Augustine
Week 5
Plutarch: Romulus, Numa Pomulus,
Coriolanus, Caesar
Week 21
Consolation of Philosophy – Boethius
Week 6
Conquest of Gaul –Caesar
Week 22
City of God* – St.Augustine
Week 7
Plutarch: Cato the Younger, Antony, Brutus, Cicero
Week 23
City of God* – St.Augustine
Week 8
On FriendshipOn Duties – Cicero
Week 24
Qu’ran* – Muhammed
Week 9
Annals* – Tacitus
Week 25
History of the English People – Bede
Week 10
On the Nature of Things* – Lucretius
Week 26
Sir Galahad – Tennyson
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Week 11
Discourses*- Epictitus
Meditations* – Marcus Aurelius
Week 27
Memoirs of the Crusades; Crusade of St. Louis – Al-Makrisi
Week 12
Almagest  Ptolemy
Week 28
Imitation of Christ -Kempis
Week 13
On the Natural Faculties – Galen
Week 29
Spring Break – March 30 and April 6
Week 14
Enneads* – Plotinus
Week 30
Spring Break – March 30 and April 6
Week 15
Old Testament –Genesis
Week 31
The Divine Comedy- Dante
Week 16
Oral exams
Week 32
The Divine Comedy- Dante
Week 33
The Divine Comedy- Dante
Week 34
Oral Exams*Selections Only
Great Books of the High Middle Ages to the Renaissance
First Semester
Great Books of the Renaissance to the Enlightenment
Second Semester
Weekly Readings Weekly Readings
Week 1
Canterbury Tales -Chaucer
Week 17
Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare
Week 2
Canterbury Tales -Chaucer
Week 18
A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream;  Shakespeare
Week 3
Aquinas*
Week 19
The Taming of the Shrew -William Shakespeare
Week 4
Aquinas*
Week 20
Coriolanus – Shakespeare
Week 5
Aquinas*
Week 21
Julius Caesar -Shakespeare
Week 6
Aquinas*
Week 22
Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences* – Galileo
Week 7
Aquinas*
Week 23
The Merchant of Venice – Shakespeare
Week 8
The Prince -Machiavelli
Week 24
Henry V – Shakespeare
Week 9
Utopia – Sir Thomas More
Week 25
Rules for the Direction of the Mind*,
Discourse on Method*, Meditations-Descartes
Week 10
Praise of Folly Erasmus
Week 26
The New Atlantis and Novum Organum* – Bacon 
Week 11
On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres*– Copernicus
Week 27
Leviathan* – Hobbes
Week 12
Institutes of the Christian Religion* -Calvin
Week 28
Paradise Lost – Milton
Week 13
Essays*  Montaigne
Week 29
Spring Break – March 30 and April 6
Week 14
Don Quixote* -Cervantes
Week 30
Spring Break – March 30 and April 6
Week 15
Don Quixote* -Cervantes
Week 31
Paradise Lost – Milton
Week 16
Oral Exams
Week 32
Pensees* – Pascal
Week 33
Romeo & Juliet – Shakespeare
Week 34
Oral Exams*Selections Only
Great Books of the Enlightenment to the Modern Era
First Semester
Great Books of the Modern Era
Second Semester
Weekly Readings Weekly Readings
Week 1
Hamlet – Shakespeare
Week 17
Critique of Pure Reason*
Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals*
Immanuel Kant
Week 2
Othello – Shakespeare
Week 18
Faust – Goethe
Week 3
MacBeth – Shakespeare
Week 19
Philosophy of Right*
The Philosophy of History* -Georg Hegel
Week 4
King Lear – Shakespeare
Week 20
War and Peace* – Tolstoy
Week 5
The Tempest – Shakespeare
Week 21
War and Peace* – Tolstoy
Week 6
Tartuffe – Moliere
Phaedra, Racine
Week 22
The Brothers Karamazov –
Fyodor Mikailovich Dostoevsky
Week 7
Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
Week 23
The Brothers Karamazov –
Fyodor Mikailovich Dostoevsky
Week 8
Essay Concerning Human Knowledge*
Second Essay on Civil Government*
Letter on Toleration* –John Locke 
Week 24
Wealth of Nations* – Adam Smith
 Communist Manifesto 
Week 9
Essay Concerning Human Knowledge*
Second Essay on Civil Government*
Letter on Toleration* – John Locke
Week 25
1st & 2nd Inaugural Addresses
Gettysburg Address
Emancipation Proclamation – Abraham Lincoln
Week 10
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding*
Treatise of Human Nature*
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion* – David Hume
Week 26
Walden, Civil Disobedience- Henry David Thoreau
Week 11
The Social Contract*
On the Origin of Inequality* – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Week 27
Spring Break – March 30 and April 6
Week 12
The Federalist Papers*; – Q 105, Art. 1 – Aquinas
Week 28
Spring Break – March 30 and April 6
Week 13
U.S. Declaration of Independence
Articles of Confederation, & The Constitution
Week 29
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
Week 14
Democracy in America*, – De Tocqueville
Representative Government*, J.S, Mill
Week 30
The Origin of Species* Charles Darwin
Week 15
Emma – Jane Austen
Week 31
Nineteen Eighty Four –George Orwell
Week 16
Oral Exams
Week 32
Relativity: The Special and General Theory – Einstein
*Selections Only Week 33
My Antonia – Willa Cather
Week 34
Oral Exams*Selections Only