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
Before the first class read the article The Great Conversation, Theogony by Hesiod and Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus (we will send you links to these).
Hour 1: Intro to the Great Books
& Socratic Discussion, and
The Great Conversation article  by Robert Hutchins and/or Mortimer Adler

Hour 2Theogony – Hesiod;
Prometheus Bound – Aeschylus

Week 18
Medea, Bacchae – Euripedes
Week 2
The Iliad – Homer
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