10 September

We begin with the selections of the ancient era, leading to Saint Augustine.

Homer
1) Iliad
2) Odyssey

The Bible--Old Testament
Genesis, Amos, Isaiah 41-56, Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Psalms: 1, 8, 19, 23, 29, 51, 90, 91, 104, 121, 128, 137, 139, 148, 150.

Aeschylus [525-456 B C]
3) [Oresteia] Agamemnon, Cho√ęphoroe (Libation-Bearers), Eumenides, 4) Prometheus
5) The Persians, 6) Seven Against Thebes, 7) The Suppliants

Sophocles [496-406 B C]
8) Antigone, 9) Electra, 10) Oedipus Rex, 11) Philoctetes
12) Ajax, 13) Trachiniae, 14) Oedipus at Colonus

Euripides [480-406 B C]
15) Medea, 16) Electra, 17) Hippolytus, 18) Trojan Woman, 19) Bacchae
20) Alcestis, 21) Ion, 22) Iphigenia in Tauris, 23) Cyclops

Herodotus [c. 480-c. 425 B C]
24) Books I, II, VI, and VII of the History
The remaining books of the History

Thucydides [c. 460-c. 400 B C]
25) Books I, II, VI, and VII of The History of the Peloponnesian War
The remaining books of the History

Aristophanes [c. 448-c. 380 B C]
26) Frogs, 27) Clouds, 28) Birds, 29) Lysistrata
30) Thesmophoriazusae, 31) Acharnians, 32) Peace

Plato [c. 427-347 B C]
33) Apology, 34) Crito, 35) Euthyphro, 36) Protagoras
37) Symposium, 38) Phaedo, 39) Republic, 40) Phaedrus
41) Theaetetus, 42) Sophist, 43) Timaeus
(These readings in Plato are arranged in three groups of equal importance, but increasing difficulty.)

Aristotle [384-322 B C]
44) Nicomachean Ethics, especially books 1-3, 6, and 10
45) Poetics

De Anima, books I and II

Demosthenes [383-322 B C]
46) Philippic I; 47) Olynthiacs 1, 2, 3; 48) On the Crown
Aeschines - 49) On the Crown [Against Ctesiphon]

Plautus [c. 254-184 B C]
50) Amphitryo, 51) Menaechmi
52) Miles Gloriosus, 53) Mostellaria, 54) Rudens

Terence [185-159 B C]
55) Phormio, 56) Andria
57) Hecyra (The Mother-in-Law), 58) Heautontimorumenos (The Self-Punisher), 59) Eunuchus, and 60) Adelphi

Hellenistic Poetry
61) Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautica
Theocritus, Bion, Moschus
62) The Greek Anthology

Cicero [100-43 B C]
Orations: 63) In Catilinam, 64) Pro Archia, 65) Pro Cluentio, 66) Pro Milone, Second Philippic
67) De Amicitia (On Friendship)
68) De Senectute (On Old Age)

De Officiis (The Offices), book I
Tusculan Disputations, book I
De Finibus (On the Ends of Good and Evil), book V
Selected Letters

Caesar [100-44 B C]
69) The Gallic War
70) The Civil War

Lucretius [c. 99-c. 55 B C]
71) The complete De Rerum Natura (Of the Nature of Things)

Catullus [87-c. 54 B C]
72) The collected Poems

Vergil [70-19 B C]
73) Aeneid
The fourth Eclogue

74) The Georgics
75) The Eclogues

Horace [65-8 B C]
76) Odes and 77) Epodes

78) Satires, 79) Epistles
80) Ars Poetica

Livy [59 B C-17 A D]
Ab Urbe Condita (The Roman History or The History of Rome) Books 1, 2, 5, 21, 22

Ovid [43 B C-17 A D]
81) The Metamorphoses

82) Ars Amatoria

Seneca [4 B C-65 A D]
Tragedies: 83) Hippolytus, 84) Thyestes
Dialogues: 85) On Constancy, 86) On the Shortness of Life, 87) Consolation to Marcia
Letters: 1-28, 47, 77, 107, 108

The Bible--New Testament
Although a reading of the whole is recommended, certain books are more important than others and may be read profitably in the following order:
the synoptic gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke
the gospel of John
Romans
I Corinthians
Revelation

The Acts of the Apostles
Hebrews
James
The remaining books

Petronius [?-66 A D]
88) Satyricon, especially that part of it which is devoted to the account of Trimalchio's dinner

Quintilian [c. 35-95 A D]
Institutio Oratoria, Book 10

Plutarch [50-125 A D]
Pericles, Alcibiades, Alexander, Agis and Cleomences, Cato the Elder, The Gracchi,
Coriolanus, Caesar, and (from the Moralia) On the Delay of Divine Providence (De Sera Numinis Vindicta)

Tacitus [55?-117? A D]
90) The Annals and 91) Germany
92) Dialogue on Oratory

Lucian [c. 120-190 A D]
93) The Vision
94) Dialogues of the Gods
95) Dialogues of the Dead
96) Sale of Creeds
97) The Way to Write History
98) The True History

99) Alexander the Oracle Monger
100) The Cock
101) Icaromenippus
102) The Liar
103) The Death of Peregrine
104) A Literary Prometheus

Marcus Aurelius [121-180 A D] -- Epictetus [c. 60-c. 120 A D]
105) Marcus Aurelius, To Himself (Meditations)

Epictetus, 106) Discourses and 107) Enchiridion

Plotinus [c. 204-c. 270]
Fifth Ennead, Books 1
Fourth Ennead, Book 8
Sixth Ennead, Book 4
Third Ennead, Book 8
Third Ennead, Book 5
First Ennead, Book 6
Fifth Ennead, Book 8
Porphyry's Life of Plotinus
(There is no "first" reading recommended here.)

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continued at 12 September and 13 September