August 2, 2010
The Great Books – Audio Book links (Part 1)



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These are the Great Books, a list created by Mortimer Alder.

I’ve linked to the audio book version whenever possible.

  1. The Syntopicon: An Index to the Great Ideas
    Angel to Love
  2. The Syntopicon (continued)
    Man to World
  3. Homer
  4. Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes
    Aeschylus. Plays
    Sophocles. Plays (in progress)
    Euripides. Plays (in progress)
    Aristophanes. Plays
  5. Herodotus, Thucydides
    Herodotus. History
    Thucydides. The History of the Peloponnesian War
  6. Plato
    Seventh Letter
  7. Aristotle (I)
  8. Aristotle (II)
    Works (continued)
  9. Hippocrates, Galen
    Hippocrates. Hippocratic Writings
    Galen. On the Natural Faculties
  10. Euclid, Archimedes, Nicomachus
    Euclid. Elements
    Archimedes. Works (including The Method)
    Nicomachus. Introduction to Arithmetic
  11. Lucretius, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, Plotinus
    Lucretius The Way Things Are
    Epictetus. Discourses
    Marcus Aurelius. The Meditations
    Plotinus. The Six Enneads
  12. Virgil
  13. Plutarch
    Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
  14. Tacitus
  15. Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler
    Ptolemy. Almagest
    Copernicus. On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres
    Kepler. Epitome of Copernican Astronomy
    Kepler. The Harmonies of the World
  16. Augustine
    The Confessions
    The City of God
    On Christian Doctrine
  17. Thomas Aquinas (I)
    Summa Theologica
  18. Thomas Aquinas (II)
    Summa Theologica (continued)
  19. Dante, Chaucer
    Dante. Divine Comedy
    Chaucer. Troilus and Criseyde
    Chaucer. Canterbury Tales
  20. Calvin
    Institutes of the Christian Religion

    (1) (2)

  21. Machiavelli, Hobbes
    Machiavelli. The Prince
    Hobbes. Leviathan (I & II) (III & IV)
  22. Rabelais
    Gargantua and Pantagruel
  23. Erasmus, Montaigne
    Erasmus. Praise of Folly
    Montaigne. Essays
  24. Shakespeare (I)
    The Plays and Sonnets
  25. Shakespeare (II)
    The Plays and Sonnets (see above)
  26. Gilbert, Galileo, Harvey
    Gilbert. On the Loadstone and Magnetic Bodies
    Galileo. Concerning the Two New Sciences
    Harvey. On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals
    Harvey. On the Circulation of the Blood
    Harvey. On the Generation of Animals
  27. Cervantes
    The History of Don Quixote de la Mancha (I) & (II)
  28. Bacon, Descartes, Spinoza
    Bacon. Advancement of Learning
    Bacon. Novum Organum
    Bacon. New Atlantis
    Descartes. Rules for the Direction of the Mind
    Descartes. Discourse on the Method
    Descartes. Meditations on First Philosophy
    Descartes. Objections Against the Meditations and Replies
    Descartes. The Geometry
    Spinoza. Ethics
  29. Milton
    English minor poems
    Paradise Lost
    Samson Agonistes
  30. Pascal
    The Provincial Letters
    Scientific Treatises


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