First Year Reading List

The Britannica Great Book Reading List (1952)
First Year

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 live 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 Education of Children
That It Is Folly to Measure Truth and Error by Our Own Capacity
Of Cannibals
That Relish of Good and Evil Depends in a Great Measure Upon the Opinion We
Have of Them
Upon Some Versus 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

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