Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Great Books Challenge of 2010

January 1 - December 31, 2010

Historia is hosting The Great Books Challenge of 2010.  Here's what she says:

I have been thinking a lot lately of how much classical education I missed out on at school. I never read any classics other than Shakespeare, and try as I might, I am having trouble getting back into his work.

So I have decided to try another challenge that hopefully will be easier and more varied. And to make things a little easier - I am going to split this challenge into 2 levels - Easy and Hard

A list of Great Books and Classical Authors and the challenge is to read 6 or 12 of these books (or more if you choose) by the end of 2010.

As you may have noted, my list (below) is not as full as those other lists you see online. That's because I am choosing to restrict this challenge to classical and medieval authors only.

If you wish to do the HARD level, you must read 12 authors - in any combination of these authors you choose. But ONLY these authors!!!

The EASY level will be to just read 6 authors in 12 months - again in any combination you choose, Once again, ONLY these authors.

You should read the original works in translation. Your local library will usually have these available if you cannot find them to purchase.

As always if any of you who wish to be contributors, you can email me and put Great Books in the subject line so I dont delete it. You can then either post your review here, or post a review on your own blog and post a link to it here.


Homer (9th Century B.C.?)
Aeschylus (c.525-456 B.C.)
Sophocles (c.495-406 B.C.)
Herodotus (c.484-425 B.C.)
Euripides (c.485-406 B.C.)
Thucydides (c.460-400 B.C.)
Hippocrates (c.460-377? B.C.)
Aristophanes (c.448-380 B.C.)
Plato (c.427-347 B.C.)
Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)
Epicurus (c.341-270 B.C.)
Euclid (fl.c. 300 B.C.)
Archimedes (c.287-212 B.C.)
Apollonius of Perga (fl.c.240 B.C.)
Cicero (106-43 B.C.)
Lucretius (c.95-55 B.C.)
Virgil (70-19 B.C.)
Horace (65-8 B.C.)
Livy (59 B.C.--A.D. 17)
Ovid (43 B.C.--A.D. 17)
Plutarch (c.45-120)
Tacitus (c.55-117)
Epictetus (c.60-120)
Pliny the Elder (23–79)
Pliny the Younger (61-112)
Ptolemy (c.100-170; fl. 127-151)
Lucian (c.120-c.190)
Marcus Aurelius (121-180)
Galen (C. 130-200)
Plotinus (205-270)

St. Augustine (354-430)
St. Thomas Aquinas (c.1225-1274)
Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1340-1400)
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)
Desiderius Erasmus (c.1469-1536)
Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543)
Sir Thomas More (c.1478-1535)
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Francois Rabelais (c.1495-1553)
Michel Servetus (1511 -1553)
Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)
William Gilbert (1540-1603)
Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)
Edmund Spenser (c.1552-1599)
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) 

To Join, go to The Great Books Challenge of 2010.