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The Great Books I:  Antiquity through the Middle Ages

Paul Miller
 
The ESV Study Bible
The ESV Study Bible
"The original great book, and the most influential piece of writing in human history."
The Iliad of Homer
The Iliad of Homer
"Saving Private Ryan meets Lord of the Rings.  The first great mythic war epic."
The Odyssey of Homer (Perennial Classics)
The Odyssey of Homer (Perennial Classics)
"One man's journey through peril and temptation to find a way home."
The Complete Fables (Penguin Classics)
The Complete Fables (Penguin Classics)
The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides
The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides
"Greek tragedy sometimes seems to be a depressing meditation on the cliche'd "cycle of violence" between the Hatfields and McCoys (except that the two gangs are often married to each other).  This is precisely the problem Aeschylus tries to break free of in the second two parts of this great triology, which doubles as a statement on the origins of civilization."
The Histories
The Histories
"Part travelogue, journalism, rumor-mongering, fabrication, ethnography and anthropology, and war story.  Herodotus is charmingly omnivorous in his interests and curiosities.  The last three books are the best."
The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus
The Three Theban Plays: Antigone; Oedipus the King; Oedipus at Colonus
"Don't read this alone.  Plan a walk through a sunny, green park with a loved one afterwards to shake the despair Sophocles leaves you with."
Euripides: Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae
Euripides: Medea, Hippolytus, Heracles, Bacchae
The Peloponnesian War (Oxford World's Classics)
The Peloponnesian War (Oxford World's Classics)
Four Plays by Aristophanes: The Birds; The Clouds; The Frogs; Lysistrata (Meridian Classics)
Four Plays by Aristophanes: The Birds; The Clouds; The Frogs; Lysistrata (Meridian Classics)
The Republic: A New Translation
The Republic: A New Translation
"An astounding work on justice in the soul (NOT in politics).  How did Plato make this up without revelation?  If you understand what he is arguing, it will change your life."
Nicomachean Ethics
Nicomachean Ethics
"Sublime and readable reflections on justice, friendship, moderation, and statesmanship.  Philosophy before it was ruined by philosophers."
The Politics (Classics)
The Politics (Classics)
"Political science before it was ruined by political scientists."
The Aeneid (Vintage Classics)
The Aeneid (Vintage Classics)
"An unholy bloodbath precedes the founding of Rome and Caesar's greatness.  At least Virgil is honest about it.  The Aeneid is the Song of Roland minus the Catholicism, chivalry, and elan.  It is the Odyssey and the Iliad, combined and slicked over and made into a dictator's propoganda.  And still there are moments of touching nobility."
Metamorphoses (Oxford World's Classics)
Metamorphoses (Oxford World's Classics)
The Annals: The Reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero (Oxford World's Classics)
The Annals: The Reigns of Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero (Oxford World's Classics)
Plutarch's Lives Volume 1 (Modern Library Classics)
Plutarch's Lives Volume 1 (Modern Library Classics)
Plutarch's Lives, Volume 2 (Modern Library Classics)
Plutarch's Lives, Volume 2 (Modern Library Classics)
Meditations (Penguin Classics)
Meditations (Penguin Classics)
"Overrated, but necessary."
Confessions (Penguin Classics)
Confessions (Penguin Classics)
"Achingly honest and spiritually profound.  If you don't identify with his journey of repentance and redemption, you should ask yourself why not. The first 8 books get all the attention, but the last 4 lay the groundwork for a thousand years of philosophy and theology."
Augustine: The City of God against the Pagans (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)
Augustine: The City of God against the Pagans (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)
"The seminal work of western political thought and the origin of the separation of church and state.  This is what makes the west different."
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (Bilingual Edition)
Beowulf: A New Verse Translation (Bilingual Edition)
Proslogion, with the Replies of Gaunilo and Anselm
Proslogion, with the Replies of Gaunilo and Anselm
The Song of Roland
The Song of Roland
Aquinas's Shorter Summa: Saint Thomas's Own Concise Version of His Summa Theologica
Aquinas's Shorter Summa: Saint Thomas's Own Concise Version of His Summa Theologica
The Divine Comedy (The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso)
The Divine Comedy (The Inferno, The Purgatorio, and The Paradiso)
The Decameron (Penguin Classics)
The Decameron (Penguin Classics)
The Canterbury Tales: Fifteen Tales and the General Prologue (Norton Critical Editions)
The Canterbury Tales: Fifteen Tales and the General Prologue (Norton Critical Editions)
Le Morte Darthur (Norton Critical Editions)
Le Morte Darthur (Norton Critical Editions)