Columbia Reading List, 1961-1962
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- Homer. Iliad.
- Aeschylus. Oresteia; Prometheus Bound.
- Herodotus. The Persian Wars.
- Sophocles. Oedipus the King; Antigone; Ajax;
- Euripides. Hippolytus; Medea; The Bacchae.
- Thucydides. The History of the Peloponnesian War.
- Aristophanes. The Frogs; Lysistrata; The Clouds.
- Plato. Ion; Apology; Phaedo;
- Aristotle. The Ethics; The Art of Poetry.
- Lucretius. On the Nature of Things.
- Virgil. Aeneid.
- The Bible. Genesis; Amos; Job.
- The Bible. Matthew; John; Romans.
- Augustine. Confessions.
- Dante. Inferno.
- Rabelais. Gargantua and Pantagruel.
- Montaigne. Essays.
- Shakespeare. Henry IV, Part 1; King Lear; Antony
and Cleopatra; The Tempest.
- Cervantes. Don Quixote.
- Milton. Paradise Lost.
- Spinoza. Ethics.
- Moliere. School for Wives; Tartuffe; The
Misanthrope; The Physician in Spite of Himself.
- Swift. Gulliver's Travels.
- Voltaire. Candide.
- Goethe. Faust, Parts 1 and 2.
- Dostoyevsky. Crime and Punishment.
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