St. John's College Reading List (Freshmen to Juniors)

A scope of four years in reading curriculum for St. John's College. It covers about 2,300 years of intellectual history.

"The first year is devoted to Greek authors and their pioneering understanding of the liberal arts; the second year contains books from the Roman, medieval, and Renaissance periods; the third year has books of the 17th and 18th centuries, most of which were written in modern languages; the fourth year brings the reading into the 19th and 20th centuries. "

Missing from the list:

Essays by: Archimedes, Fahrenheit, Avogadro, Dalton, Cannizzaro, Virchow, Mariotte, Driesch, Gay-Lussac, Spemann, Stears, J.J. Thompson, Mendeleyev, Berthollet, J.L. Proust


POEMS BY: Marvell, Donne, and other 16th- and 17th-century poets

PASCAL: Generation of Conic Sections

HAYDN: Quartets
MOZART: Operas
BEETHOVEN: Third Symphony
SCHUBERT: Songs
MONTEVERDI: L'Orfeo
STRAVINSKY: Symphony of Psalms

HUYGENS: Treatise on Light, On the Movement of Bodies by Impact

LEIBNIZ: Monadology, Discourse on Metaphysics, Essay On Dynamics, Philosophical Essays, Principles of Nature and Grace

DEDEKIND: "Essay on the Theory of Numbers"
"Articles of Confederation," "Declaration of Independence," "Constitution of the United States of America"

Essays by: Young, Taylor, Euler, D. Bernoulli, Orsted, Ampere, Faraday, Maxwell
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Would it be appropriate to add a volume of the Metaphysical Poets (Donne, etc.)?


message 2: by Richard (new)

Richard There is one entry for the Iliad, and another for The Iliad and the Odyssey. So the Iliad is on the list twice. This should be adjusted.


message 3: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Is there a bug in the system or is someone playing a joke? Rules of an Engagement simply doesn't fit into the list, and I know for a fact that it is not read at St. John's, at least, not as part of the Program...


message 4: by Anne (new)

Anne Richard wrote: "There is one entry for the Iliad, and another for The Iliad and the Odyssey. So the Iliad is on the list twice. This should be adjusted."

Done. (After 4 years, but oh well.)


message 5: by Borum (new)

Borum Not the exact edition I read...
Is this the edition recommended by the faculty? or just random picks?


message 6: by Aprilleigh (new)

Aprilleigh Combined editions should not be included in lists of this nature. In particular, Plato and Aristotle are both available in single editions for most works, and should be listed that way. This list makes it difficult to distinguish separate works because they are not separated. For example, everyone in my sophomore English class read Antigone, but most of them probably haven't read the other two plays. Likewise with The Divine Comedy - many have read the most famous portion, but not the other two parts. Yes, all three of both sets are required reading at St Johns, but even there it is not required that they be in a single volume. In fact, a variety of different editions is normally encouraged.


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