The Illiad by Homer

The Great Books

The foundation of the Core is the Great Books; each student engages primary texts written by the most influential authors of western tradition.

English

  • Homer: "The liad,"  "The Odyssey"
  • "Beowulf"
  • Virgil: "Aeneid"
  • "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"
  • Dante Alighieri: "The Divine Comedy"
  • John Milton: "Paradise Lost"
  • Aeschylus: "Prometheus Bound," "Agamemnon," 
    "Libation Bearers," "Eumenides"
  • Sophocles: "Oedipus the Tyrant," "Oedipus at Colonus," 
    "Antigone"
  • Euripides: "Bacchae"
  • Aristophanes: "Frogs"
  • Aristotle: "Poetics"
  • The Book of Job
  • "Everyman" & "The Second Shepherd's Play"
  • Marlowe: "Dr. Faustus"
  • William Shakespeare: "Hamlet," "Othello," "King Lear," "Merchant of Venice," " The Tempest"
  • Jane Austen: "Mansfield Park"
  • Herman Melville: "Moby Dick"
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky: "Crime and Punishment"
  • William Faulkner: "Go Down, Moses"

Economics

  • Adam Smith: "An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes
    of the Wealth of Nations" (selections)
  • Pope John Paul II: "Centesimus Annus"
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Declaration of Independence
  • The United States Constitution

History

  • The Book of Job
  • Thucydides: "History of the Peloponnesian War"
  • Livy: "The Early History of Rome"
  • Boethius: "The Consolation of Philosophy"
  • Einhard: "Life of Charlemagne"
  • Thomas More: "Utopia"
  • John Calvin: "Institutes of the Christian Religion"
  • "The 'Philosophe'" from Diderot's "Encyclopédie"
  • Immanuel Kant: "What is Enlightenment?"
  • Edmund Burke: "Reflections on the Revolution in France"
  • Marx and Engels: "The Communist Manifesto"
  • Pope Leo XIII: "Rerum Novarum"
  • Eli Wiesel: "Night"
  • Thomas Jefferson: "A Summary View of the Rights of British America," The Declaration of Independence
  • The United States Constitution
  • Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison: "The Federalist Papers"
  • Frederick Douglass: "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave"
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton: The Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions
  • Benjamin Franklin: "Autobiography"
  • Henry Adams: "The Education of Henry Adams"
  • Abraham Lincoln: Selected Speeches
  • Frederick Jackson Turner: "The Significance of the Frontier in American History"
  • George F. Kennan: "American Diplomacy"
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Philosophy

  • Frederick Nietzsche: "Genealogy of Morals," 
    "The Use and Abuse of History for Life"
  • Plato: "Republic," "Apology," "Crito," "Phaedo," "Phaedrus,"
    "Symposium"
  • Aristotle: "Metaphysics," "Nichomachean Ethics" (selections),
    "On the Soul" (selections), "Poetics"
  • St. Thomas Aquinas: "Summa Theologiae" (Treatises on
    Happiness & on Law), "On Essence and Existence," 
    "Summa Theologiae" (selections), "On Being & Essence"
  • René Descartes: "Discourse on Method," "Meditations on First Philosophy"
  • Immanuel Kant: "Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals," "A Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics," "What is Enlightenment?"
  • Martin Heidegger: "What is Metaphysics? The Question Concerning Technology"
  • Parmenides: "On Nature"
  • St. Augustine: "Confessions"
  • Hegel: "Phenomenology of the Spirit"

Politics

  • Alexis de Tocqueville: "Democracy in America"
  • Thomas Jefferson: The Declaration of Independence
  • The United States Constitution
  • Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison:
    "The Federalist Papers"
  • Frederick Nietzsche: "Genealogy of Morals," 
    "The Use and Abuse of History for Life"

Theology

  • The Bible: Selections from the Old and New Testaments
  • Didache
  • Augustine: "Confessions"
  • St. Thomas Aquinas: "Summa Theologiae" (selections)
  • Martin Luther: "Heidelberg Disputation,"
    "The Freedom of a Christian"
  • Melanchthon: "The Augsburg Confession"
  • John Calvin: "Institutes of the Christian Religion"
  • The Westminster Confession of Faith
  • Council of Trent (selections)
  • Vatican I (selections)
  • Vatican II: "Lumen Gentium"
  • St. Clement: Letter to the Corinthians
  • St. Ignatius: Letters to the Ephesians, Letters to the Romans
  • St. Athanasius: "On the Incarnation"
  • St. Irenaeus: "Against Heresies"
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