First Year Reading List

The Britannica Great Book Reading List (1952)
First Year

1. Plato:


2. Aristophanes:


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

Numa Pompilius
Lycurgus and Numa Compared

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
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


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


2 Responses to “First Year Reading List”

  1. Amy November 24, 2017 at 3:52 am #

    Is this the Ben who once gave me a copy of the Tao Te Ching?

    • Ben November 25, 2017 at 10:39 am #

      If it is the Stephen Mitchell translation, then the answer is ‘yes!’ Do you still have it?

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