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


Please visit the Academic Calendar to view the 2019-2020
start dates and holidays, and the Great Books class times for specific class times.

Great Books of the Ancient Greeks Weekly Readings
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).
Week 1
Orientation: Intro to the Great Books
Theogony - Hesiod
Prometheus Bound -Aeschylus
Week 17
Peloponnesian War* -Thucydides
Week 2
The Iliad - Homer
Week 18
Peloponnesian War* -Thucydides
Week 3
The Iliad - Homer
Week 19
Fragments* - Presocratic Philosophers
Week 4
The Odyssey - Homer
Week 20
Ion, Meno - Plato
Week 5
The Odyssey - Homer
Week 21
Gorgias - Plato
Week 6
Agamemnon, Libation Bearers,
Eumenides - Aeschylus
Week 22
Republic* - Plato
Week 7
Trojan Women, Alcestis - Euripedes
Week 23
Republic* - Plato
Week 8
Aesop’s Fables* -Aesop
Week 24
Symposium - Plato
Week 9
Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus -Sophocles
Week 25
Apology, Euthyphro - Plato
Week 10
Antigone - Sophocles, Hippolytus - Euripides
Week 26
Crito, Phaedo - Plato
Week 11
Histories* - Herodotus
Week 27
Poetics, On the Heavens*, On the Soul* - Aristotle
Week 12
Histories* - Herodotus, Lycurgus, Solon - Plutarch

Week 28
Ethics*, Metaphysics* -Aristotle
Week 13
Thanksgiving week, no classes
Week 29
Spring Break – April 4-12
Week 14
Lycurgus, Solon - Plutarch, Pericles, Alcibiades -Plutarch
Week 30
Aristotle - selections
Week 15
Pericles, Alcibiades -Plutarch
Week 31
Aristides, Alexander -Plutarch
Week 16
Oral Exams
Week 32
The Oath, On Ancient Medicine,
On Airs, Waters, Places - Hippocrates
Week 33
Elements*, Euclid
Week 34
Oral Exams
*Selections
Great Books of the Ancient Romans Weekly Readings
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; St. Matthew
Week 2
Aeneid - Virgil
Week 18
New Testament, St. John
Week 3
Livy*
Week 19
New Testament; Acts of the Apostles
Week 4
Plutarch: Romulus, Numa Pomulus,
Coriolanus, Caesar
Week 20
Confessions - Augustine
Week 5
Conquest of Gaul -Caesar
Week 21
Confessions - Augustine
Week 6
Plutarch: Brutus, Cicero
Week 22
Consolation of Philosophy - Boethius
Week 7
On Friendship, On Duties – Cicero
Week 23
City of God* - St.Augustine
Week 8
Annals* - Tacitus
Week 24
City of God* - St.Augustine
Week 9
On the Nature of Things* - Lucretius
Week 25
Qu’ran* - Muhammed
Week 10
Discourses*- Epictitus
Meditations* - Marcus Aurelius
Week 26
History of the English People - Bede
Week 11
Plutarch: Cato the Younger, Antony
Week 27
Sir Galahad - Tennyson
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Week 12
On the Natural Faculties - Galen
Week 28
Imitation of Christ -Kempis
Week 13
Thanksgiving week, no classes
Week 29
Spring Break – April 4-12
Week 14
Enneads* - Plotinus
Week 30
Guide for the Perplexed - Maimonides
Week 15
Old Testament -Genesis, Job
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
Great Books of the Middle Ages Weekly Readings
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
Don Quixote* -Cervantes
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
Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila
Week 5
Aquinas*
Week 21
Coriolanus - Shakespeare
Week 6
Aquinas*
Week 22
Julius Caesar -Shakespeare
Week 7
Aquinas*
Week 23
Life of Samuel Johnson - Boswell
Week 8
The Prince -Machiavelli
Week 24
The Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare
Week 9
Utopia - Sir Thomas More
Week 25
Henry V - Shakespeare
Week 10
Praise of Folly- Erasmus
Week 26
Rules for the Direction of the Mind*,
Discourse on Method*, Meditations-Descartes
Week 11
On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres*- Copernicus
Week 27
The New Atlantis and Novum Organum* - Bacon
Week 12
Institutes of the Christian Religion* - Calvin
Week 28
Leviathan* - Hobbes
Week 13
Thanksgiving week, no classes
Week 29
Spring Break – April 4-12
Week 14
Essays* - Montaigne
Week 30
Paradise Lost - Milton
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
Great Books of the Moderns Weekly Readings
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
Emma - Jane Austen
Week 2
Othello - Shakespeare
Week 18
Critique of Pure Reason*;
Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals*
Immanuel Kant
Week 3
MacBeth - Shakespeare
Week 19
Faust - Goethe
Week 4
King Lear - Shakespeare
Week 20
Philosophy of Right*
The Philosophy of History* -Georg Hegel
Week 5
Tartuffe - Moliere
Phaedra, Racine
Week 21
War and Peace* - Tolstoy
Week 6
The Tempest - Shakespeare
Week 22
War and Peace* - Tolstoy
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
The Brothers Karamazov -
Fyodor Mikailovich Dostoevsky
Week 9
Essay Concerning Human Knowledge*
Second Essay on Civil Government*
Letter on Toleration* - John Locke
Week 25
Wealth of Nations* - Adam Smith
Communist Manifesto - Marx, Engels
Week 10
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding*
Treatise of Human Nature*
Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion* - David Hume
Week 26
1st & 2nd Inaugural Addresses
Gettysburg Address
Emancipation Proclamation - Abraham Lincoln
Week 11
The Social Contract*
On the Origin of Inequality* - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Week 27
Representative Government - Mills;
Civil Disobedience- Henry David Thoreau
Week 12
Thanksgiving week, no classes
Week 28
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
Week 13
U.S. Declaration of Independence
Articles of Confederation,
Week 29
Spring Break – April 4-12
Week 14
The Federalist Papers*; – The Constitution; Q 105, Art. 1 - Aquinas
Week 30
The Origin of Species* -Charles Darwin
Week 15
Democracy in America*, - De Tocqueville
Week 32
Relativity: The Special and General Theory - Einstein
Week 16
Oral Exams
Week 33
My Antonia - Willa Cather
Week 34
Oral Exams
*Selections