Book List for Lit One: The Ancient World (Click for PDF Version )

There are lots of options for acquiring these books. You can order them from Amazon or another retailer. If you want to save money, you can check them out of the library. For most of them, you can get e-book versions or access them online and read them on your computer screen.

 Please take note of my comments below. In some cases, the particular edition or translation is important.


 Mythology, by Edith Hamilton

 The Iliad, by Homer (Samuel Butler translation)

 There are a variety of translations of this poem, but it’s important that you acquire the one by Samuel Butler.

 The Odyssey, by Homer (Samuel Butler translation)

 As with The Iliad, there are lots of options for translation. Be sure to get the Butler translation.

Greek Drama, by Bantam Classics

It’s not necessary that you get this particular book, published by Bantam. What matters is that you get the following four Greek plays that are included in it:

  • Agamemnon, by Aeschylus

  • Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles

  • Medea, by Euripides

  • Antigone, by Sophocles

I’m not concerned about the particular translations. All four plays are also available online and in e-book form.

Aesop’s Fables

There are several options here. I’m asking students to read a large number of these fables, which are all very short. There are several inexpensive print compilations you can get, but they are also all available online. Note: if you own a compilation and it doesn’t contain some of the assigned fables, look them up online.

Till We Have Faces, by C.S. Lewis

The Dialogues of Plato

We are reading the following three dialogues, so if you buy a print collection, be sure it contains these:

  • Apology

  • Crito

  • Euthyphro

All three are also available online if you don’t prefer to buy or borrow a print version.

The Republic, by Plato

I’m not concerned about the particular translation.

Poetics, by Aristotle

Any English translation will do.

The Aeneid, by Virgil (Allen Mandelbaum translation)

Be sure to get the Mandelbaum translation!

Plutarch’s Life of Caesar

I don’t recommend purchasing the entire collection of Plutarch’s Lives since we will only be reading one short section. In the syllabus, I provide links to online versions.

Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare