Book List for Lit One: The Ancient World

The specific editions below are highly recommended for the course. It's not necessary to purchase them from Amazon. Many can be found in local libraries or as inexpensive or free e-books. If you choose not to purchase via the links below, pay attention to the editions. With the exception of Till We Have Faces and Julius Caesar, all of these works are translations into English. It's important to acquire the correct translations, editors, and/or editions to avoid confusion. 


  • We'll be reading prose translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey. The translator is Samuel Butler.
  • The plays Agamemnon, Oedipus Rex, Medea, and Antigone are all included in the collection called Greek Drama.
  • All the dialogues of Plato that we'll be reading can be found in the edition below, including The Republic. If you choose another book or books, be sure it includes Apology, Crito, Euthyphro, and The Republic. 
  • We only read one small section of Plutarch's Lives, which is available in digital form online for free. I therefore don't recommend buying the whole book, but I've made an edition available for those who want to. 

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