The “Great Books” are the most influential works of literature in our cultural heritage. These are the works that attempt to tackle life’s big questions: What does it mean to be a human being? What is our place in the universe? How should we live? We all need to consider these questions in our own lives, and the Great Books help us to avoid “reinventing the wheel.” In this course, students will become acquainted with most of the major authors from the ancient world through A.D. 1300 and take them through important poems, plays, and prose works that have had an enormous impact on our culture. No prior exposure to the Great Books is required or expected, and all works will be read in English translation.
Great Books I (Fall 2012 - Spring 2013)
King James Version of The Bible (any will do)
The Aeneid - Virgil, translated Robert Fagles
Inferno - Dante, translated by Anthony Esolen
Antigone – Sophocles
Three Plays of Euripides: Alcestis, Medea, The Bachae – Euripides
Four Texts on Socrates - Plato and Aristophanes