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100 Great Books

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100 Great Books List from Classical Christian Education Support Loop


OLD TESTAMENT of the Holy Bible

House for My Name: A Survey of the Old Testament by Peter Leithart


HOMER (12th - 9th c. BC) Iliad, Odyssey

Iliad and the Odyssey translated by Richmond Lattimore

Iliad and the Odyssey translated by Robert Fitzgerald

Heroes of the City of Man (Christian Guide to Ancient Literature) by Peter Leithart


AESCHYLUS (525-456 BC) Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, Eumenides

Heroes of the City of Man (Christian Guide to Ancient Literature) by Peter Leithart


SOPHOCLES (497-406 BC) Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone

Heroes of the City of Man (Christian Guide to Ancient Literature) by Peter Leithart


HERODOTUS (480’s-420’s BC) The History translated by George Rawlinson


THUCYDIDES (460-400 BC) History of the Peloponnesian War


PLATO (428-348 BC) The Apology, Symposium, The Republic


ARISTOTLE (384-322 BC) Poetics, Metaphysics, Ethics, Politics, Constitution of Athens

Introduction to Aristotle by Richard McKeon


VIRGIL (70-19 BC) The Aeneid

Heroes of the City of Man (Christian Guide to Ancient Literature) by Peter Leithart


CICERO (106-43 BC) Orations


LUCRETIUS (95-55 BC) On the Nature of the Universe


PLUTARCH (46-120 AD) Greek and Roman Lives

Volume One and Volume Two


LIVY (46-120 AD) History of Rome

Early History of Rome (Livy Books I-V)

Rome and Italy (Livy Books VI-X)

War with Hannibal (Livy Books XXI-XXX)

Rome and the Mediterranean (Livy Books XXXI, XXXIV-XLV)


TACITUS (?-117 AD) Annals, Histories


NEW TESTAMENT of the Holy Bible


CLEMENT (Bishop of Rome 88-97 AD) Exhortation to the Greeks


MARCUS AURELIUS (167 AD) Meditations


EUSEBIUS of Caesarea (263-399 AD) Ecclesiastical History


ANTHANASIUS (297-373 AD) On the Incarnation


AUGUSTINE (354-430 AD)



City of God


On Christian Doctrine


The Confessions


City of God

, and

On Christian Doctrine


Beowulf (600-700's AD, epic poem of Germanic life)



BEDE the Venerable (673-735 AD) Ecclesiastical History of the English People


ANSELM of Canterbury (1033-1109) Proslogium, Monologium, Cur Deus Homo


BERNARD of Clairvaux (1090-1153) On Humility & Pride, On the Love of God


Song of Roland (1100’s; epic poem of peer of Charlemagne)


MAGNA CHARTA (1215) encoding the rights of English freemen


AQUINAS, Thomas (1225-1274) Summa Theologica


DANTE, Alighieri (1265-1321) The Divine Comedy

  Ascent to Love (A Guide to Dante’s Divine Comedy) by Peter Leithart


CHAUCER, Geoffery (1340-1400) The Canterbury Tales


THOMAS a KEMPIS (1379-1471) On the Imitation of Christ


da VINCI, Leonardo (1452-1519) Notebooks Volume One and Volume Two


MACHIAVELLI, Niccolo (1469-1527) The Prince


ERASMUS, Desiderius (1469-1536) The Praise of Folly


MORE, Thomas (1478-1535) Utopia


LUTHER, Martin (1483-1546) 95 Theses, Answer at Wurms, Commentary on Galatians, Table Talk

Martin Luther: Selections from His Writings and Table Talk


CALVIN, John (1509-1564) Institutes of the Christian Religion


MONTAIGNE, Michel Eyquem (1533-1592) Essays


SPENSER, Edmund (1552-1599) The Faerie Queene

Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves (The Faerie Queene Book I) by Roy Maynard

 The Faerie Queene: A Reader's Guide by Elizabeth Heale


BACON, Francis (1561-1626) Novum Organum, New Atlantis


SHAKESPEARE, William (1564-1616) Plays

Tragedies: Volume One and Tragedies: Volume Two

Comedies: Volume One and Comedies: Volume Two

Histories: Volume One and Histories: Volume Two

Brightest Heaven of Invention (Christian Guide to Six Plays) by Peter Leithart


BRADFORD, William (1590-1657) Of Plymouth Plantation

 DESCARTES, Rene (1596-1650) Discourse on Method


HOBBES, Thomas (1588-1679) Leviathan


MILTON, John (1608-1674) Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Poems

  Preface to Paradise Lost by C. S. Lewis


PASCAL, Blaise (1623-1662) Pensees

  Christianity for Modern Pagans: Pensees Explained by Peter Kreeft


BUNYAN, John (1628-1688) Pilgrim’s Progress


de SPINOZA, Benedict (1632-1677) Ethics


LOCKE, John (1632-1704) Two Treatises, Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  Two Treatises and Concerning Human Understanding


SWIFT, Jonathan (1667-1715) Gulliver’s Travels


POPE, Alexander (1688-1744) Essay on Man


MONTESQUIEU, Charles de Secondat, Baron de (1689-1755) Spirit of Laws


VOLTAIRE, Francois (1694-1778) Candide  


WESLEY, John (1703-1791) Journal


HUME, David (1711-1776) An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding


ROUSSEAU, Jean (1712-1778) Social Contract  


WOOLMAN, John (1720-1772) Journal


SMITH, Adam (1723-1790) Wealth of Nations


BLACKSTONE, William (1723-1780) Commentaries on Law


FRANKLIN, Benjamin (1706-1790) Poor Richard’s Almanack, Autobiography


BURKE, Edmund (1729-1797) On Conciliation with America, On the Revolution in France


PAINE, Thomas (1737-1809) Common Sense, The Crisis, The Rights of Man



The Mayflower Compact

Declaration of Independence

Articles of Confederation

The Constitution and Bill of Rights


HAMILTON, A.; JAY, J.; MADISON, J. (1788) The Federalist Papers


GIBBON, Edward (1737-1794) Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire


BOSWELL, James (1740-1795) Life of Samuel Johnson

AUSTEN, Jane (1775-1817) Pride and Prejudice

NEWMAN, John Henry (1801-1890) Apologia Pro Vita Sua

de TOCQUEVILLE, Alexis (1805-1859) Democracy in America

MILL, John Stuart (1806-1873) On Liberty, The Subjection of Women

 BASTIAT, Frederic (1801-1850) The Law

LINCOLN, Abraham (1809-1865) Speeches and Letters

DARWIN, Charles (1809-1882) Origin of Species

KIERKEGAARD, Soren (1813-1855) Fear and Trembling

THOREAU, Henry David (1817-1862) On Civil Disobedience

DOSTOYEVSKY, Fyodor (1821-1881) Brothers Karamazov


NIETZSCHE, Friedrich (1844-1900) Thus Spoke Zarathustra


WASHINGTON, Booker T. (1856-1915) Up From Slavery


CHURCHILL, Winston (1874-1965) History of the English, History of the Second World War

 History of the English and History of the Second World War


LEWIS, C. S. (1888-1968) Collected Works and Essays


TOLKIEN, J. R. R. (1892-1973) The Lord of the Rings


ORWELL, George (1903-1950) Animal Farm, 1984


SARTRE, Jean Paul (1905-) No Exit


WEAVER, Henry Grady (1947) The Mainspring of Human Progress


WEAVER, Richard M. (1948) Ideas Have Consequences


SOLZHENITSYN, Alexander (1918-) One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch, Nobel Lecture


KING, Martin Luther, Jr. (1929-1968) “I Have a Dream”, Strength to Love


SCHAEFFER, Francis (1912-1984) Trilogy, How Should We Then Live?


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