Lists of Possible Texts

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, ProslogionOn Freedom of the Will
    St. Bonaventure, Journey of the Mind to God
    Roger Bacon, Opus Majus (selections)
    Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae (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, Poems

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)
    Johann 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
    Honoréde 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

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