Monday, October 11, 2010

The Great Books: The short list

Mortimer Adler's short list of great books of the Western world, from his Guidebook to Learning:
  • The Iliad & Odyssey, by Homer
  • Antigone & Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles
  • The History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides
  • The Apology & the Republic, by Plato
  • Ethics & Politics, by Aristotle
  • The Annals, by Tacitus
  • The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, by Plutarch
  • Confessions, by St. Augustine
  • The Divine Comedy, by Dante
  • Don Quixote, by Cervantes
  • Essays, by Montaigne
  • The Prince, by Machiavelli
  • Pense├ęs, by Pascal
  • Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, by William Shakespeare
  • The Wealth of Nations, by Adam Smith
  • The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon
  • Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift
  • Representative Government, by John Stuart Mill
  • War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
  • Moby Dick, by Hermann Melville
  • The Principles of Psychology, by William James

1 comment:

Four-Leaf said...

Any timeframe on when we'll be seeing the Martin Cothran edition?