Great Books Readings

Some of our Great Books Students in 2010

Some of our Great Books Students in 2010

First Semester Classes Start September 3-6
Second Semester Classes Start January 21-24
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Great Books of the Ancient Greeks I
First Semester
Great Books of the Ancient Greeks II
Second Semester
Weekly ReadingsWeekly 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 – April 14 – 18
Week 14
Histories* - Herodotus
Week 31
Spring Break - April 21 – 25
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 (December 12 – 23)
Week 34
Elements*, Euclid
Week 35
Oral Exams (May 19-30)
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Great Books of the Ancient Romans
First Semester
Great Books of the Ancient Romans
to the Early Middle Ages

Second Semester
Weekly ReadingsWeekly 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 – April 14 – 18
Week 14
Enneads* - Plotinus
Week 30
Spring Break – April 21 – 25
Week 15
Old Testament -Genesis
Week 31
The Divine ComedyDante
Week 16
Oral exams – Dec. 12 -23
Week 32
The Divine ComedyDante
Week 33
The Divine ComedyDante
Week 34
Oral Exams (May 19-30)
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Great Books of the High Middle Ages
to the Renaissance

First Semester
Great Books of the Renaissance
to the Enlightenment

Second Semester
Weekly ReadingsWeekly 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 – April 14 – 18
Week 14
Don Quixote* -Cervantes
Week 30
Spring Break – April 21- 25
Week 15
Don Quixote* -Cervantes
Week 31
Paradise Lost - Milton
Week 16
Oral Exams - (Dec. 12 – 23)
Week 32
Pensees* - Pascal
Week 33
Romeo & Juliet - Shakespeare
Week 34
Oral Exams - (May 19-30)
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Great Books of the Enlightenment
to the Modern Era

First Semester
Great Books of the Modern Era
Second Semester
Weekly ReadingsWeekly 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 – April 14 – 18
Week 12
The Federalist Papers*; – Q 105, Art. 1 - Aquinas
Week 28
Spring Break – April 21 – 25
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 (Dec. 12 – 23)
Week 32
Relativity: The Special and General Theory - Einstein
*Selections OnlyWeek 33
My Antonia - Willa Cather
Week 34
Oral Exams (May 19 – 30)


*Selections Only

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