Great Texts Courses

Possible text lists for core Great Texts Courses.

Actual courses typically read a portion of these works (about 6 to 10 books per course)

    Intellectual Tradition of the Ancient World (GTX 2301)

      The Bible (selections)
      Confucius, The Analects
      Homer, Iliad or Odyssey
      Sophocles, Oedipus Rex and Antigone
      Aeschylus, Oresteia
      Euripides, Trojan Women, The Bacchae, Medea, Iphigenia at Aulis
      Virgil, The Aeneid
      Plato, The Republic, Symposium, Gorgias or Last Socratic Dialogues
      Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
      Cicero, De Republica, De Officiis
      Seneca, Moral Letters, Moral Essays
      Lucretius, On the Nature of Things
      Ovid, Metamorphoses
      Justin Martyr, Dialogue with Trypho
      St. Gregory of Nyssa, On the Soul and Resurrection
      St. Augustine, The Confessions

    Medieval Intellectual Tradition (GTX 2302)

      Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy
      St. Anselm of Canterbury, Proslogion, Why God Became Man
      Maimonides, Guide of the Perplexed (selections)
      Averroes, Decisive Treatise
      St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae (Selections)
      Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
      Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy
      Qur'an (selections)
      The Lais of Marie de France
      Julian of Norwich, Showings
      Martin Luther, The Freedom of the Christian
      John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (selections)
      Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
      William Shakespeare, Plays and Sonnets
      John Milton, Paradise Lost (selections)

    Middle Ages (GTX 3320):

      St. Benedict of Nursia, Rule of St. Benedict
      Al-Ghazali, On the Incoherence of the Philosophers
      Averroes, Decisive Treatise
      Moses Maimonides, Guide to the Perplexed (selections)
      St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons
      St. Anselm of Canterbury, Proslogion, On Freedom of the Will
      St. Bonaventure, Journey of the Mind to God
      Roger Bacon, Opus Majus (selections)
      Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiæ (selections), De Malo
      Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy, Vita Nuova
      Giovanni Boccaccio, Life of Dante
      Petrarch, My Secret Book
      William Langland, Piers Plowman
      The Lais of Marie de France
      Julian of Norwich, Showings of Divine Love
      Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (selections)
      Catherine of Siena, Dialogue
      Nicholas of Cusa, On Learned Ignorance
      François Villon,

    Early Modern Age (GTX 3321):

      Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, On the Dignity of Man
      Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
      Desiderius Erasmus, In Praise of Folly and On Free Will
      Martin Luther, The Freedom of the Christian
      Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises
      John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (selections)
      Christopher Marlowe, Dr. Faustus
      Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
      William Shakespeare, selections from Plays and Sonnets
      George Herbert, The Temple
      René Descartes, The Meditations
      Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan (selections)
      John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress
      Blaise Pascal, Pensées
      John Milton, Paradise Lost
      John Locke, On Toleration, Essay Concerning Human Understanding (selections)
      Giambattista Vico, The New Science
      Roger Williams, The Bloody Tenet of Persecution for Cause of Conscience

    Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (GTX 4320):

      Voltaire, Candide
      Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
      Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract, Confessions
      Declaration of Independence and The Constitution
      Federalist Papers (selections)
      Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (selections)
      ohann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust
      Jane Austen, Emma
      William Wordsworth, Poems
      Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Confessions of an Enquiring Spirit
      Søren Kierkegaard, Philosophical Fragments
      and The Present Age
      Henry David Thoreau, Walden
      Herman Melville, Moby Dick
      Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
      Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays (selections)
      John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
      Charles Dickens, Bleak House
      Gerard Manley Hopkins, Poems
      Emily Dickinson, Poems
      Charles Darwin, Origin of Species (selections)
      Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin
      George Eliot, Middlemarch
      Marx and Engels, Communist Manifesto
      John Henry Newman, Apologia pro Vita Sua
      Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein
      Robert Browning, Poems
      Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
      Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
      Friedrich Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations
      Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals
      Leo XIII, Aeterni Patris
      Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment
      Leo Tolstoy,
      War and Peace
      Honoré de Balzac, Père Goriot

    Twentieth Century (GTX 4321):

      William Butler Yeats, Poems (selections)
      William James, Varieties of Religious Experience
      Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
      Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents
      Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics (selections)
      James Joyce, Ulysses
      Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
      William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
      Thomas Mann, Dr. Faustus
      Flannery O'Connor, Short Stories
      C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
      T. S. Eliot, Poems and Plays (selections)
      Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship
      The Barmen Declaration
      Elie Wiesel, Night
      Albert Camus, The Stranger
      Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
      Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
      Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition
      Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
      Toni Morrison, Beloved
      Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
      Alan Paton, Cry the Beloved Country
      Richard Wright, Native Son
      Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail
      John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, Fides et Ratio