Reading the Classics 
 

This list has been prepared by King's Meadow Study Center to serve as a guide for reading the basic writings of history. This list by no means is comprehensive, but it embodies the depth of literature readily available to the modern reader. For more in-depth study of some of these works, go to the Stirling Bridge page for information on the year-long Stirling Bridge Reading Program.

 
 
The following list is a composed mostly of Primary Texts and Compilations.
General Anthologies are indicated by an asterisk *.
 
 
Classical Roots All major works from Classical Antiquity can be located at the Internet Classics Archive.
 
Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics, Politics, Rhetoric, Poetics
Thomas Bullfinch: Mythology
Homer: The Illiad and The Odyssey
Plato: The Republic
Plutarch: Roman Lives
M.I. Finley (ed.): The Portable Greek Historians*
 
 
The Patristics Additional works from the Patristic Period can be found at CCEL, the Ecole Initiative, and the Hall of Church History. Works from the Eastern Orthodox tradition are collected at the St. Pachomius Library.
 
Athanasius: On the Incarnation and The Life of Antony
Augustine: Confessions and The City of God
Basil the Great: On the Holy Spirit
John Chrysostom: On Marriage and Family Life
J.B. Lightfoot (tr.): The Seven Ecumenical Councils
Maxwell Staniforth (tr.): Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers*
 
 
Medievalism The Medieval Sourcebook is the best reference on the Web for literature during this period.
 
Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologica
Geoffry Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
Gordon Gerould (tr.): Beowulf, Sir Gawain, and The Song of Roland
Thomas Malory: Le Morte d'Arthur
Villehardouin and Joinville: Chronicles of the Crusades
James Ross and Mary McLaughlin (eds.): The Portable Medieval Reader*
 
 
The Renaissance The Medieval Sourcebook also contains numerous works from the Renaissance Period.
 
Dante: The Inferno
Erasmus: In Praise of Folly
Kevin Crosslwy-Holland (tr.): The Exeter Book of Riddles
Niccolo Machiavelli: The Prince
Giorgio Vasari: Lives of the Artists
James Ross and Mary McLaughlin (eds.): The Portable Renaissance Reader*
 
 
The Reformation CCEL, the Hall of Church Hisory, and the Sovereign Grace Theology Page are all excellent sources for additional readings.
 
John Bunyan: Pilgrim's Progress
John Calvin: The Institutes of Christian Religion
John Knox: The History of the Reformation in Scotland
Martin Luther: The Bondage of the Will
John Milton: The Portable Milton
Alexander McPherson (ed.): Westminster Confession of Faith*
 
 
The Enlightenment
 
Samuel Johnson: Lives of the Poets and Rasselas
Thomas More: Utopia
Jean Rousseau: The Social Contract
William Shakespeare: The Portable Shakespeare
                                    50 Famous William Shakespeare Quotes
Edmund Spenser: The Fairie Queen
Arthur Quiller-Couch (ed.): The Oxford Book of English Verse*
 
 
Dawning of Liberty
 
Edmund Burke: Reflections on the Revolution in France
Oliver Cromwell: Speeches
John Locke: Two Treatises on Government
Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan
Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy in America
Russell Kirk (ed.): The Portable Conservative Render*
 
 
Modernity
 
G.K. Chesterton: Orthodoxy
Hilaire Belloc: The Servile State
Donald Davidson: I'll Take My Stand
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
Paul Johnson: Modern Times
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poems of America*
 
 

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