The Original Classics

European literature from before the fall of Rome + the Bible. (Introductory Post.)

  1. Various: Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) (years uncertain: some scholars date oldest sections to c. 1400 BCE, others to 6th or 7th century BCE; generally agreed that newest sections date  to c. 2nd or 3rd century BCE)*
    1. Post 1
    2. Post 2
  2. Homer: The Iliad (c. 8th century BCE)
  3. Homer: The Odyssey (c. 8th century BCE)*
  4. Hesiod: Works and Days (c. 8th-7th century BCE)
  5. Hesiod: Theogony (c. 8th-7th century BCE)
  6. Anonymous: Homeric Hymns (c. 7th century BCE)
  7. Sappho: Poems (c. 7th century BCE)
  8. Aeschylus (Aiskhulos): Agamemnon (458 BCE)
  9. Aeschylus (Aiskhulos): The Libation Bearers (458 BCE)
  10. Aeschylus (Aiskhulos): The Eumenides (458 BCE)
  11. Sophocles (Sophoklēs): Antigone (c. 442 BCE)*
  12. Sophocles (Sophoklēs): Oedipus Rex [Oedipus the King] (c. 429 BCE)*
  13. Sophocles (Sophoklēs): Oedipus at Colonus (c. 406 BCE)
  14. Euripides: Alcestis [Alkēstis] (438 BCE)
  15. Euripides: Medea [Mēdeia] (431 BCE)*
  16. Euripides: Hippolytus (428 BCE)
  17. Euripides: Electra [Ēlektra] (c. 420 BCE)
  18. Euripides: Trojan Women [Troades] (415 BCE)
  19. Euripides: The Bacchae (405 BCE)
  20. Carson, Anne, translator: An Oresteia (5th century BCE)
  21. Aesop: Fables (c. 5th century BCE)
  22. Aristophanes: The Clouds (423 BCE)
  23. Aristophanes: The Birds (414 BCE)
  24. Aristophanes: Lysistrata [Lysistrate] (411 BCE)
  25. Aristophanes: The Frogs (405 BCE)
  26. Apollonius Rhodius (Apollṓnios Rhódios): Argonautica [Argonautika] (3rd century BCE)
  27. Virgil: The Aeneid [Aeneis] (29-19 BCE)
  28. Ovid: Metamorphoses ( 8)*
  29. Various: New Testament (1st century)*
  30. Lucian: True History (True Story) (2nd century)
  31. Apuleius, Lucius: The Golden Ass (2nd century)

* Indicates a reread.

Last updated 20.01.2012

5 thoughts on “The Original Classics”

  1. I can’t wait to see you start to check some of these off. I love this period. I just finished reading Oedipus at Colonus and thought it was excellent. Ovid’s Metamorphoses I have planned for the summer.

    Good luck with your reading, Amanda!

    1. Oh, I do need to get to this list! So many of the books here are referenced so much in later works that I feel I should make these a greater priority. Maybe after I move on from my current “Ohio” project.


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