My antique and medieval Western classics list


As promised in the previous post, here is my current list of antique and medieval Western classics. I know it could be richer, but for now I am satisfied with it. As soon as I finish, I consider either adding to it more interesting authors and books or moving ahead towards the Renaissance and the English-speaking authors.

The Ancient Near East

  • Gilgamesh
  • The Holy Bible

The Greeks

  • Homer: The Iliad; The Odyssey
  • Hesiod: The Works and Days; Theogony
  • Aeschylus: The Oresteia; Seven Against Thebes; Prometheus Bound
  • Sophocles: Oedipus the King; Electra; Ajax
  • Euripides: Alcestis; The Bacchae; Electra; Hippolytus
  • Aristophanes: The Birds; The Clouds; Lysistrata
  • Herodotus: The Histories
  • Plato: Dialogues
  • Aristotle: Poetics; Ethics
  • Longinus, On the Sublime
  • Theocritus, Idylls
  • Plutarch: Lives; Moralia
  • Plotinus: Enneads

The Romans

  • Lucretius: The Way Things Are
  • Cicero: On the Gods
  • Horace: Odes
  • Catullus: Attis
  • Virgil: The Aeneid
  • Ovid: Metamorphoses; The Art of Love
  • Pliny the Elder: Naturalis Historia
  • Tacitus: Annals
  • Suetonius: The Twelve Caesars
  • Seneca the Younger: Tragedies
  • Apuleius: The Golden Ass
  • Marcus Aurelius: Meditations

The Arabs

  • The Koran
  • The Book of the Thousand and One Nights

The Europeans before Dante

  • Augustine: The City of God; The Confessions
  • Boethius: Consolation of Philosophy
  • The Poetic Edda
  • Snorri Sturluson, The Prose Edda
  • The Nibelungen Lied
  • Beowulf
  • Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica

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