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Sequence of Readings

  • The Epic of GilgameshAnonymous
  • Iliad, OdysseyHomer
  • The Theogony, Works and DaysHesiod
  • FragmentsHeraclitus
  • “On Nature”Parmenides
  • The HistoriesHerodotus
  • The Republic, Apology, CritoPlato
  • Euthyphro, Philebus, TimaeusPlato
  • Meno, Phaedo, PhaedrusPlato
  • Symposium, LawsPlato
  • History of the Peloponnesian WarThucydides
  • Nichomachean Ethics, PoliticsAristotle
  • De Anima, Poetics, CategoriesAristotle
  • Physics, MetaphysicsAristotle
  • The OrganonAristotle
  • History of Animals, Parts of AnimalsAristotle
  • On Generation and CorruptionAristotle
  • Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, EumenidesAeschylus
  • Prometheus Bound, The Suppliant MaidensAeschylus
  • Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, AntigoneSophocles
  • PhiloctetesSophocles
  • The Bacchae, The MedeaEuripides
  • Alcestis, HippolytusEuripides
  • Acharnians, Peace, LysistrataAristophanes
  • Frogs, Clouds, BirdsAristophanes
  • “The Comic Terrain”Cowan
  • ElementsEuclid
  • Theseus and SolonPlutarch
  • Themistocles and AristidesPlutarch
  • Cimon and Pericles, Nicias and AlcibiadesPlutarch
  • AlmagestPtolemy
  • UpanishadsAnonymous
  • Rig VedaAnonymous
  • Bhagavad GitaAnonymous
  • The DhammapadaAnonymous
  • AnalectsConfucius
  • Tao Te ChingLao Tzu
  • History of RomeLivy
  • The Rise of the Roman EmpirePolybius
  • The Conspiracy of CatilineSallust
  • Somnium Scipionis, LettersCicero
  • AeneidVirgil
  • Odes, Epodes, Satires, LettersHorace
  • MetamorphosesOvid
  • Moral EpistlesSeneca
  • AnnalsTacitus
  • EnneadsPlotinus
  • Sacred Scripture
  • Selected WritingsEarly Church Fathers
  • The Passion of SS. Perpetua and FelicityAnonymous
  • Lives of the Desert FathersVarious
  • Life of St. AntonySt. Athanasius
  • The Gnostic ReligionJonas
  • Confessions, City of GodSt. Augustine
  • De Genesi ad litteramSt. Augustine
  • PsychomachiaPrudentius
  • Ambrosian Chantattr. St. Ambrose
  • The Consolation of PhilosophyBoethius
  • Life of St. BenedictGregory the Great
  • RuleSt. Benedict
  • Qur’an
  • The Story of ArtGombrich
  • Life of CharlemagneEinhard
  • Anglo-Saxon PoetryVarious
  • BeowulfAnonymous
  • Proslogio, Response to GauniloSt. Anselm
  • Historia CalamitatumAbelard
  • LettersAbelard and Heloise
  • On Loving GodSt. Bernard
  • Medieval lyricsVarious
  • ChantSt. Hildegard von Bingen
  • Song of RolandAnonymous
  • Rule, TestamentSt. Francis
  • The Life of St. FrancisCelano
  • Selected writingsAlfarabi
  • Selected writingsMaimonides
  • Selected writingsRumi
  • Treatise on the VirtuesSt. Thomas Aquinas
  • Treatise on LawSt. Thomas Aquinas
  • Guide to Thomas AquinasPieper
  • Journey of the Mind to GodSt. Bonaventure
  • Life of St. LouisJoinville
  • The Divine ComedyDante
  • Selected ChansonsTroubadours
  • Sir Gawain and the Green KnightAnonymous
  • “On Metaphysics”Scotus
  • Selected writingsGiles of Rome
  • Selected writingsJohn of Paris
  • Selected writingsMarsilius of Padua
  • Selected writingsOckham
  • Selected writingsFortescue
  • Messe de Nostre Dame, Rose LizMachaut
  • Revelations of Divine LoveJulian of Norwich
  • Second Shepherd’s PlayAnonymous
  • Canterbury TalesChaucer
  • Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de BerryLimbourg Brothers
  • “On the Dignity of Man”Pico della Mirandola
  • Praise of Folly, “On Free Will”Erasmus
  • UtopiaSt. Thomas More
  • A Dialogue of Comfort Against TribulationSt. Thomas More
  • The Prince, The DiscoursesMachiavelli
  • Masses and motetsDufay
  • Masses and motetsJosquin
  • Masses and motetsPalestrina
  • Selected writingsLuther
  • InstitutesCalvin
  • A Spiritual ConsolationSt. John Fisher
  • An Epistle of ComfortSouthwell
  • Spiritual ExercisesIgnatius of Loyola
  • Documents from the Council of TrentCouncil Fathers
  • Interior CastleSt. Teresa of Avila
  • PoemsSt. John of the Cross
  • Introduction to the Devout LifeFrancis de Sales
  • EssaysMontaigne
  • Dr. FaustusMarlowe
  • Renouncing FaustCowan
  • Macbeth, Hamlet, OthelloShakespeare
  • King Lear, Richard IIShakespeare
  • Henry IV Part 1, Henry V, Twelfth NightShakespeare
  • Midsummer Night’s DreamShakespeare
  • Merchant of VeniceShakespeare
  • The Winter’s Tale, The TempestShakespeare
  • The Great InstaurationBacon
  • Novum Organon, The New AtlantisBacon
  • Discourse of Method, MeditationsDescartes
  • PenséesPascal
  • On the Revolutions of the Heavenly SpheresCopernicus
  • Epitome of Copernican AstronomyKepler
  • Starry MessengerGalileo
  • Dialogue Concerning Two New SciencesGalileo
  • PrincipiaNewton
  • LeviathanHobbes
  • Selected poemsMetaphysical Poets
  • Paradise LostMilton
  • Essay Concerning Human UnderstandingLocke
  • Second Treatise on GovernmentLocke
  • Musical compositionsJ.S. Bach
  • Enquiry Concerning Human UnderstandingHume
  • The First and Second DiscoursesRousseau
  • On the Social ContractRousseau
  • EncyclopedieD’Alembert
  • What is Enlightenment?Kant
  • Prolegomena to Any Further MetaphysicsKant
  • Foundations of the Metaphysics of MoralsKant
  • The Wealth of NationsSmith
  • From Enlightenment to RevolutionVoegelin
  • L’Ancien Régime et la RévolutionTocqueville
  • The Dividing of ChristendomDawson
  • Musical compositionsHaydn
  • Musical compositionsMozart
  • Reflections on the Revolution in FranceBurke
  • Musical compositionsBeethoven
  • Rime of the Ancient MarinerColeridge
  • Philosophy of HistoryHegel
  • Selected writingsMarx
  • Origin of SpeciesDarwin
  • Drama of Atheist Humanismde Lubac
  • Idea of a UniversityNewman
  • The Uncertainty Principle in EducationCowan
  • Philosophical FragmentsKierkegaard
  • Madame BovaryFlaubert
  • Crime and PunishmentDostoevsky
  • A Short Account of the Destruction of the IndiesLas Casas
  • The American Puritans: Their Prose and PoetryPerry Miller
  • Selected writingsJefferson
  • Federalist and Anti-Federalist writingsVarious
  • Democracy in AmericaTocqueville
  • Selected EssaysRalph Waldo Emerson
  • Walden, “Civil Disobedience”Henry David Thoreau
  • The Scarlet LetterNathaniel Hawthorne
  • Young Goodman Brown, The BirthmarkNathaniel Hawthorne
  • Selected poemsEmily Dickinson
  • Billy Budd, Moby DickMelville
  • Song of MyselfWhitman
  • Selected speechesCalhoun, Webster, Lincoln
  • The Lincoln-Douglas debatesLincoln and Douglas
  • Selected Supreme Court casesVarious
  • Adventures of Huckleberry FinnMark Twain
  • American Between Two Myths: Moby-Dick as EpicCowan
  • Land of the Spotted EagleLuther Standing Bear
  • Musical compositionsCharles Ives
  • All the King’s MenPenn Warren
  • The Great GatsbyFitzgerald
  • Musical compositionsCopland
  • What to Listen for in MusicCopland
  • I’ll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition
  • Ain’t I a Woman?Sojourner Truth
  • Up From SlaveryBooker T. Washington
  • What to the slave is the fourth of July?Frederick Douglass
  • The Parting of the Ways, The Talented TenthW.E.B. DuBois
  • Of Mr. Booker T. Washington and OthersW.E.B. DuBois
  • Selected poemsMarianne Moore
  • Selected storiesCaroline Gordon
  • The PossessedDostoevsky
  • Death of Ivan IlychTolstoy
  • Birth of Tragedy, Thus Spoke ZarathustraNietzsche
  • Heart of DarknessConrad
  • The MetamorphosisKafka
  • New Science of PoliticsVoegelin
  • Selected poemsHopkins
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManJoyce
  • Interpretation of DreamsFreud
  • Civilization and its DiscontentsFreud
  • Selected writingsJung
  • Tra le SollecitudiniSt. Pius X
  • “The Wasteland,” Selected poemsEliot
  • Selected poemsStevens
  • Paradoxes of Faithde Lubac
  • Go Down, Moses, Light in AugustFaulkner
  • Logos, AletheiaHeidegger
  • RelativityEinstein
  • “The History of Quantum Theory”Heisenberg
  • Origins of TotalitarianismArendt
  • Survivor from WarsawSchoenberg
  • “Triumph of the Will”Reifenstahl
  • “Night and Fog”Renais
  • “The Day After Trinity”Else
  • The Gulag ArchipelagoSolzhenitsyn
  • Kafka FragmentsKurtag
  • “Revelation”O’Connor
  • “Flowering Judas”Katherine Anne Porter
  • “Eyes on the Prize”Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Letter from a Birmingham JailMartin Luther King, Jr.
  • Nobel Peace Prize SpeechMartin Luther King, Jr.
  • The Arts of the BeautifulGilson
  • Leisure the Basis of CulturePieper
  • Work, Spare Time, LeisurePieper
  • “Power of the Powerless”Havel
  • Lumen Gentium, Gaudium et SpesVatican II
  • Sacrosanctum ConciliumVatican II
  • Dei VerbumVatican II
  • The Feynman Lectures on PhysicsFeynman
  • Against InterpretationSontag
  • The Four LovesLewis
  • ‘Till We Have FacesLewis
  • The New BiologyAugros & Stanciu
  • The Double HelixWatson
  • The Foundations of EthologyLorenz
  • King Solomon’s RingLorenz
  • The Mystery of the MindPenfield
  • Lord of the FliesGolding
  • “The Grand Inquisitor”Dostoevsky
  • The Future of an IllusionFreud
  • The StrangerCamus
  • Wind, Sand and StarsSaint-Exupery
  • Man’s Search for MeaningFrankl
  • The Sources of Christian EthicsServais Pinckaers, O.P.,
  • The Jeweler’s ShopWojtyla
  • Fides et Ratio, Veritatis SplendorPope St. John Paul II
  • Centessimus AnnusSt. John Paul II
  • The Spirit of the LiturgyRatzinger
  • Introduction to ChristianityRatzinger
  • In the Beginning, “On Conscience”Ratzinger
  • Deus caritas estPope Benedict XVI
  • Learning to See AgainPieper
  • After VirtueMacIntyre