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: Iliad, 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, 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?
  • 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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