Month: April 2014

The Reading List : The Middle Ages

Beowulf

St. Anselm (c. 1033-1109)

  • Works

Abbot Suger (c. 1081-1151)

  • On the Abbey Church of St. Denis and Its Art Treasures

Hugh of Victor (c. 1096-1141)

  • Works

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

  • Works

Cantar de Mio Cid

St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1181-1226)

  • Works

The Song of Roland (12th c.)

The Nibelungenlied (13th c.)

St. Bonaventure (c. 1221-1274)

  • Works

Jean de Joinville (1224-1317)

  • Life of Saint Louis

The Saga of Burnt Njal

St. Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274)

  • Works

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)

  • Works

Petrarch (1304-1374)

  • Works

Boccaccio (1313-1375)

  • Works

Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340-1400)

  • Works

St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)

  • Works

Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472)

  • Works

Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)

  • Diaries

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

  • Notebooks

Pico della Mirandola (1463-1494)

  • Works

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

  • The Prince
  • Discourses on the First Ten Books of Livy

Desiderius Erasmus (c. 1469-1536)

  • The Praise of Folly

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543)

  • On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres

St. Thomas More (c. 1478-1535)

  • Utopia

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

  • Three Treatises
  • Table-Talk

St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)

  • Works

Francois Rabelais (c. 1495-1553)

  • Gargantua and Pantagruel

The Reading List : The Early Christians

The New Testament

St. Ignatius of Antioch (c. 35-107)

  • Letters

St. Irenaeus (c. 130-202)

  • Works

Tertullian (c. 160-220)

  • Works

Origen (c. 184-253)

  • Works

Eusebius (c. 260-339)

  • Church History

St. Athanasius (c. 296-373)

  • Works

St. Basil (c. 329-379)

  • Works

St. Gregory Nazianzen (c. 329-389)

  • Works

St. Gregory of Nyssa (c. 330-395)

  • Works

St. Ambrose (c. 340-397)

  • Works

St. John Chrysostom (c. 347-407)

  • Works

St. Jerome (c. 347-420)

  • Works

Prudentius (c. 348-405)

  • Poems

St. Augustine (354-430)

  • Works

St. Leo the Great (400-461)

  • Works

Boethius (c. 480-525)

  • Works

St. Benedict (c. 480-543)

  • The Rule of St. Benedict

St. Gregory the Great (c. 540-604)

  • Works

St. Maximus the Confessor (c. 580-662)

  • Works

St. John of Damascus (c. 675-749)

  • Works

 

 

The Reading List : The Ancients

This list and those that follow are based on the Great Books of the Western World list from How to Read a Book, with additions of my own, particularly of important Christian/Catholic writings that I want to read one day. It’s the work of a lifetime, so let’s get reading…

Homer (c. 9th century B.C.)

  • Illiad
  • Odyssey

Old Testament

Aeschylus (c. 525-465 B.C.)

  • Tragedies

Sophocles (c. 495-406 B.C.)

  • Tragedies

Herodotus (c. 484-425 B.C.)

  • History

Euripides (C. 485-406 B.C.)

  • Tragedies

Thucydides (c. 460-400 B.C.)

  • History of the Peloponnesian War

Hippocrates (c. 460-377 B.C.)

  • Medical Writings

Aristophanes (c. 448-380 B.C.)

  • Comedies

Plato (c. 427-347 B.C.)

  • Works

Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)

  • Works

Epicurus (c. 341-270 B.C.)

  • Letter to Herodotus
  • Letter to Menoeceus

Euclid (fl. c. 300 B.C.)

  • Elements

Archimedes (c. 287-212 B.C.)

  • Works

Apollonius of Perga (fl. c. 240 B.C.)

  • On Conic Sections

Cicero (106-43 B.C.)

  • Works

Lucretius (c. 95-55 B.C.)

  • On the Nature of Things

Virtuvius (c. 80-15 B.C.)

  • De Architectura

Virgil (70-19 B.C.)

  • Works

Horace (65-8 B.C.)

  • Works

Livy (59 B.C.-17 A.D.)

  • History of Rome

Ovid (43 B.C.-17 A.D.)

  • Works

Plutarch (c. 45-120)

  • Lives
  • Moralia

Tacitus (c. 55-117)

  • Histories
  • Annals
  • Agricola
  • Germania

Nicomachus of Gerasa (fl. c. 100)

  • Introduction to Arithmetic

Epicetus (c. 60-120)

  • Discourses
  • Encheiridion

Ptolemy (c. 100-178)

  • Almagest

Lucian (c. 120-190)

  • Works

Marcus Aurelius (121-180)

  • Meditations

Galen (130-200)

  • On the Natural Faculties

Plotinus (205-270)

  • The Enneads