Old Western Culture Readers

Old Western Culture Readers | Complete Hardback Set

Old Western Culture Readers • Complete Hardback Set


Purchase all 16 volumes of the Old Western Culture Reader Series as a complete hardback (casebound hardbacks) set.

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The Greeks

The Romans


Early Moderns

What’s included?

Below is the full list of works included in the Old Western Culture Reader Series.

Year One: The Greeks

Unit One: The Epics:
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • The Odyssey by Homer
Unit Two: Drama and Lyric
  • The Agamemnon by Aeschylus
  • The Libation Bearers by Aeschylus
  • The Eumenides by Aeschylus
  • Oedipus the King by Sophocles
  • Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles
  • Antigone by Sophocles
  • The Trojan Women by Euripides
  • The Medea by Euripides
  • The Frogs by-Aristophanes
  • Sappho’s Poems by Sappho
  • Odes of Pindar by Pindar
  • Idylls of Theocritus by Theocritus
  • Works and Days by Hesiod
  • The Fall of Troy by Quintus of Smyrna.
Unit Three: The Histories
  • The Histories, by Herodotus
  • The History of the Peloponnesian War, by Thucydides
  • Anabasis (The Persian Expedition), by Xenophon
Unit Four: The Philosophers
  • The Apology by Plato
  • The Crito by Plato
  • The Phaedo by Plato
  • The Phaedrus by Plato
  • The Republic (Book I, II, VII, VIII, IX, X) by Plato
  • The Metaphysics (Book I, XII) by Aristotle
  • Nicomachean Ethics (Book I, VIII) by Aristotle
  • The Poetics by Aristotle

Year Two: The Romans

Unit One: The Aeneid
  • The Aeneid by Vergil
  • Metamorphoses (selections) by Ovid
  • De Rerum Natura by Lucretius
  • Pharsalia by Lucanus
  • Thebaid by Publius Papinius Statius
Unit Two: The Historians
  • History of Rome, by Livy
  • The War of the Jugurtha, by Sallust
  • The War with Catiline, by Sallust
  • The Gallic Wars, by Julius Caesar
  • The Annals, by Tacitus
  • Lives, by Plutarch
  • Verres, Antony, and On Duties, by Cicero
  • The Lives of the Twelve Caesars, by Suetonius
  • Correspondence, by Pliny & Trajan
  • Institutes of Oratory, by Quintillian
Unit Three: Early Christianity
  • The Didache by Unknown
  • First Epistle of Clement by Clement of Rome
  • The Letters of Ignatius by Ignatius
  • Letter to the Philipians by Polycarp
  • A Plea to the Philipians byAthenagoras
  • Epistle to Diognetus by Unkown
  • The First Apology by Justin Martyr
  • Against Heresies by Irenaeus
  • Exhortation to the Greeks by Clement of Alexandria
  • History of the Church by Eusebius
Unit Four: Nicene Christianity
  • On the Incarnation by Athanasius
  • The Life of St. Anthony by Athanasius
  • Paschal Homily by John Chrysostom
  • Baptismal Instructions by John Chrysostom
  • On the Holy Spirit by Basil the Great
  • Funeral Oration by Gregory Nazienzen
  • Confessions by Augustine
  • The City of God by Augustine
  • The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius

Year Three: Christendom

Unit One: Early Medievals
  • The Rule of Saint Benedict by St. Benedict
  • Wars of Justinian by Procopius
  • History of the Franks by Gregory of Tours
  • Book of Pastoral Rule by Gregory the Great
  • The Dialogues by Gregory the Great
  • The Confession of St. Patrick by St. Patrick
  • Letter to the Soldiers of Coroticus by St. Patrick
  • The Life of St. Columba by Adomnan of Iona
  • The Voyage of Brendan by Anonymous
  • Beowulf by Anonymous
  • Ecclessiastical History of the English People by Bede
  • Life of Charlemagne by Einhard
  • Life of Alfred by Esser
  • The Fount of Knowledge by John of Damascus
Unit Two: Defense of the Faith
  • Proslogium by Anselm of Canterbury
  • Monologium by Anselm of Canterbury
  • History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth
  • The Golden Legend by Jacobus de Voragine
  • The Conquest of Constantinople by Geoffrey de Villehardouin
  • The Life of St. Louis by Jean de Joinville
Unit Three: The Medieval Mind
  • Compendium by Thomas Aquinas
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
Unit Four: The Reformation
  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Clericis Laicos & Unam Sanctam by Boniface VIII
  • Defensor Pacis by Marsilius of Padua 
  • Sacrosancta & Frequens by The Council of Constance
  • Julius Exclusus, Erasmus of Rotterdam, 
  • Ninety-Five Theses, Letter to the Christian Nobility, Babylonian Captivity of the Church, & The Freedom of the Christian by Martin Luther.
  • Exsurge Domine by Leo X
  • The Schleitheim Articles by Michael Sattler
  • Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Philip Melanchthon
  • Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
  • The Decree of Trent by The Council of Trent
  • Spiritual Exercises by Ignatius of Loyola
  • Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism by Zacharias Ursinus
  • Book of Common Prayer by the Church of England
  • Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe
  • An Admonition to Parliment by Field and Wilcox
  • The Laws of Ecclesastical Politie by Richard Hooker
  • The Faerie Queene, Amoretti, Epithalimion by Edmund Spenser

Year Four: Early Moderns

Unit One: Rise of England
  • Sonnets 3, 73, 55, 60, 103, and 106 by William Shakespeare
  • King Lear by William Shakespeare
  • Richard III by William Shakespeare
  • The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
  • A Valediction Forbidding Mourning, Holy Sonnets X and XIV, Meditation XVII, by John Donne
  • Redemption, The Collar, and Love “3” by George Herbert
  • To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell
  • On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity, Sonnet 16: On His Blindness, and Sonnet 15: On the Late Massacre in Piedmont by John Milton
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton
Unit Two: Poetry and Politics
  • Essay on Criticism, Essay on Man, and Ode on Solitude by Alexander Pope
  • Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
  • The Rhime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge
  • Intimations of Immortality and The Solitary Reaper by Wordsworth
  • She Walks in Beauty and The Destruction of Sennacherib by Byron
  • In First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer by Keats
  • Ode to the West Wind by Shelley
  • The Lady of Shallot, In Memorium A.H.H., The Eagle, and Crossing the Bar by Tennyson
  • Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister, My Last Duchess, and Fra Lippo Lippi by Browning
  • Dover Beach by Arnold
  • Song, A Better Resurrection, and A Birthday by Rossetti
  • God’s Grandeur, Windhover, and Pied Beauty by Hopkins
  • The Cask of Omontillado, Anabel Lee, To Helen, The Raven, and The Bells by Edgar Allen Poe
  • Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
Unit Three: The Enlightenment
  • What is Enlightenment, Emmanuel Kant
  • The Sidereal Messenger, Letter to Benedetto Castelli, and Letter to the Grand Duchess, Galileo Galilei
  • Discourse on Method and Meditations, René Descartes
  • Laws of Gravity and Motion, General Scholium, and Optics, Isaac Newton
  • An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, David Hume
  • An Inquiry into the Human Mind on the Principles of Common Sense, Thomas Reid
Unit Four: The Novels
  • The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky
  • The Bet by Chekhov
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • A Christmas Carol by Dickens
  • Selected Essays by C. S. Lewis
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