First Year Reading List

  1. Plato: Apology, Crito
  2. Aristophanes: Clouds, Lysistrata
  3. Plato: Republic (Books I – II)
  4. Aristotle: Ethics (Book I)
  5. Aristotle: Politics (Book I)
  6. Plutarch: The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans [Lycurgus, ,Numa Pompilius, Lycurgus and Numa Compared, Alexander, Caesar]
  7. New Testament: The Gospel According to St. Mathew, The Acts of the Apostles
  8. St. Augustine: Confessions (Book I-VIII)
  9. Machiavelli: The Prince
  10. Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel (Book I – II)
  11. Montaigne: Essays [Of Custom, and That We Should Not Easily Change a Law Received; of Pedantry; Of the Education of Children; That It Is  Folly to Measure Truth and Error by Our Own Capacity; Of Cannibals; That the Relish of Good and Evil Depends in Great Measures upon the Opinion We Have of Them; Upon Some Verses of Virgil]
  12. Shakespeare: Hamlet
  13. Locke: Concerning Civil Government (Second Essay)
  14. Rousseau: The Social Contract (Book I – II)
  15. Gibbon: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Chapter 15 – 16)
  16. The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, The
    Federalist [Numbers 1-10, 15, 31, 41, 51, 68-71]
  17. Smith: The Wealth of Nations (Introduction – Book I, Chapter 9)
  18. Marx-Engels: Manifesto of the Communist Party

9 thoughts on “First Year Reading List

      1. Chekhov could have written the ending! BTW, found yr blog as I’m just starting on the 10 Year Reading list, and am looking forward to starting with Plato.

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