Classics and the Western Canon

This is a group to read and discuss those books generally referred to as “the classics” or “the Western canon.” Books which have shaped Western thought over the years; books which Robert Hutchins, in his essay for the Great Books of the Western World series, considered important works in “The Great Conversation.”

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Beowulf
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Start date
June 2, 2021
Finish date
July 27, 2021
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Beowulf
Discussion leader
Tamara Agha-Jaffar
Why we're reading this
3rd. read of 2021
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Showing 5 of 6 topics — 293 comments total
+ Beowulf
* Week 3: A Victory Celebration
By Tamara · 12 posts · 11 views
last updated 1 hour, 14 min ago
* Week 2: The Fight with Grendel
By Tamara · 60 posts · 40 views
last updated Jun 14, 2021 01:07PM
* Week 1: Beginnings
By Tamara · 99 posts · 57 views
last updated Jun 09, 2021 01:31AM
* Tolkien's Sellic Spell
By Tamara · 4 posts · 26 views
last updated Jun 03, 2021 11:01PM
* Background and Translations
By Tamara · 105 posts · 78 views
last updated 5 hours, 38 min ago
Showing 3 of 3 topics — 1,902 comments total
+ Introductions
Please introduce yourself~
By Everyman · 1604 posts · 1646 views
last updated Jun 04, 2021 11:46AM
Philosophy
By Donald · 10 posts · 295 views
last updated Apr 20, 2017 01:44PM
This topic has been closed to new comments. Reading List for "Great Books" high school class?
By Kate · 28 posts · 349 views
last updated Oct 02, 2016 05:51PM
Showing 5 of 23 topics — 5,522 comments total
+ Tea room
* The Tea Shop 3
By Everyman · 2048 posts · 869 views
last updated May 13, 2021 09:54AM
What do you think?
By Emiliy200 · 33 posts · 162 views
last updated May 26, 2021 11:09AM
Discomfort with reading from the perspective of gentry
By Garth · 24 posts · 100 views
last updated May 18, 2020 12:08PM
Reading in High School
By Cass · 117 posts · 338 views
last updated Apr 20, 2019 06:08PM
Recommendations, please
By Laura · 75 posts · 326 views
last updated Dec 16, 2018 07:54AM
Showing 5 of 68 topics — 5,539 comments total
+ General
* Planning our Third Read of 2021
By David · 53 posts · 85 views
last updated May 26, 2021 10:17AM
* Planning for Our Second Read of 2021
By David · 35 posts · 101 views
last updated Mar 29, 2021 11:01PM
* Planning for Our First Read of 2021
By David · 39 posts · 166 views
last updated Dec 18, 2020 06:15AM
* Planning for our Fourth Read of 2020
By David · 65 posts · 123 views
last updated Sep 12, 2020 08:39AM
* Planning for our Third Read of 2020
By David · 32 posts · 110 views
last updated Jul 15, 2020 12:59PM
Showing 5 of 73 topics — 6,100 comments total
+ Interim Readings
* Hemingway, Hills Like White Elephants
By David · 23 posts · 34 views
last updated Jun 02, 2021 09:20AM
* Hemingway, The Killers
By David · 25 posts · 41 views
last updated May 25, 2021 09:22AM
* Plato: Ion
By Thomas · 36 posts · 53 views
last updated Mar 28, 2021 07:28PM
* Christmas Eve Ghost Story II
By Thomas · 5 posts · 28 views
last updated Dec 28, 2020 08:44PM
* Christmas Eve Ghost Story I
By Thomas · 19 posts · 33 views
last updated Jan 10, 2021 05:24AM
* Week 5: Vol. III, I – X (43 – 52)
By Kerstin · 37 posts · 36 views
last updated May 14, 2021 02:00PM
* Week 4, Vol. II, XI – XIX (34 – 42)
By Kerstin · 39 posts · 61 views
last updated May 04, 2021 07:43AM
* Week 3: Vol. II: I - X (24 - 33)
By Kerstin · 38 posts · 61 views
last updated Apr 26, 2021 11:45AM
* Week 2: Vol. I: Chapters XIII - XXIII
By Kerstin · 59 posts · 40 views
last updated May 03, 2021 04:02PM
* Week 1: Vol. I, Chapters I - XII
By Kerstin · 97 posts · 71 views
last updated May 03, 2021 03:56PM
* Week 12: "At Tikhon's," and the Book as a Whole
By Roger · 46 posts · 35 views
last updated Mar 29, 2021 01:51PM
* Week 11: Part III, chapters 7 and 8
By Roger · 42 posts · 36 views
last updated Mar 18, 2021 04:03PM
* Week 10: Part III, chapters 5 and 6
By Roger · 43 posts · 37 views
last updated Mar 08, 2021 04:08PM
* Week 9: Part III, chapters 3 and 4
By Roger · 73 posts · 38 views
last updated Mar 05, 2021 05:30AM
* Week 8: Part III, chapters 1 and 2
By Roger · 39 posts · 34 views
last updated Feb 23, 2021 10:57AM
* Week 11: 14. The Returns & Book as a Whole
By David · 12 posts · 36 views
last updated Jan 29, 2021 09:50AM
* Week 10: 12. The Pelopids, 13. The Trojan War
By David · 2 posts · 26 views
last updated Dec 01, 2020 08:56PM
* Week 9: Book III - Epitome Ch. 11
By David · 11 posts · 30 views
last updated Dec 06, 2020 11:39AM
* Week 8: Book III, chapters 9 (Atlantids) & 10 (Asopids)
By David · 7 posts · 23 views
last updated Nov 19, 2020 05:44AM
* Week 7: Book III, Chapters 7-8. The Theban Wars – Arcadian Mythology
By David · 5 posts · 24 views
last updated Nov 15, 2020 02:49PM
* Week 8: Part IV: Chapters 7-12
By David · 19 posts · 69 views
last updated Sep 17, 2020 10:52AM
* Week 7: Part IV: Chapters 1-6
By David · 14 posts · 27 views
last updated Sep 07, 2020 02:12PM
* Week 6: Part III: Chapters 6-11
By David · 16 posts · 34 views
last updated Sep 15, 2020 09:15PM
* Week 5: Part III, Chapters 1-5
By David · 16 posts · 31 views
last updated Sep 01, 2020 01:30AM
* Week 4: Part 2: Chapters 5 - 8
By David · 30 posts · 36 views
last updated Aug 31, 2020 06:24AM
* Discussion Schedule
By David · 20 posts · 96 views
last updated Jan 31, 2020 10:09AM
* Background, context and other related comments
By David · 57 posts · 83 views
last updated Feb 21, 2020 11:15AM
* Week 1: 'Tristram Shandy, Vol 1, Chapters 1 - 12
By David · 50 posts · 62 views
last updated Nov 23, 2019 04:45PM
* Week 2: 'Tristram Shandy, Vol 1, Chapters 13 -20
By David · 23 posts · 41 views
last updated Jan 17, 2020 05:15PM
* Week 3: Vol 1: 21 - 30 Vol 1: 21 - Vol 2: 5
By David · 18 posts · 32 views
last updated Dec 09, 2019 10:33PM
Showing 5 of 19 topics — 1,267 comments total
+ Democracy in America
* Week 1: DIA Introduction through Vol 1 Part 1 Ch. 3
By David · 213 posts · 100 views
last updated Apr 15, 2019 07:48PM
* Week 2: DIA Vol 1 Part 1: Ch. 4 - 6
By David · 63 posts · 41 views
last updated Apr 06, 2019 08:51AM
* Week 5: DIA Vol 1 Part 2 Ch. 5(XIII)
By David · 48 posts · 35 views
last updated May 29, 2019 03:09PM
* De Officiis reading schedule
By Everyman · 4 posts · 130 views
last updated May 27, 2017 10:15PM
De Officiis Week 5 - Book 3 cantos 65-121 (and the work as a whole)
By Everyman · 23 posts · 46 views
last updated Jun 15, 2017 05:27AM
De Officiis Week 1 - Paragraphs 1-92
By Everyman · 66 posts · 91 views
last updated Jun 13, 2017 12:56PM
De Officiis Week 4 - Book 3 cantos 1-64
By Everyman · 17 posts · 48 views
last updated Jun 07, 2017 07:11PM
De Officiis, background and resources
By Everyman · 11 posts · 70 views
last updated Jun 01, 2017 08:47PM
* Reading Schedule for Republic Revisited
By Everyman · 13 posts · 217 views
last updated Mar 19, 2017 08:17AM
Republic Redux, Book 7
By Everyman · 37 posts · 56 views
last updated Nov 15, 2018 08:19AM
Republic Redux, Book 5
By Everyman · 38 posts · 65 views
last updated Mar 27, 2017 08:15PM
Republic Redux, Book 10
By Everyman · 38 posts · 47 views
last updated Mar 15, 2017 07:52AM
Republic Redux, Book 9
By Everyman · 22 posts · 38 views
last updated Mar 07, 2017 07:50PM
* Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 43 posts · 294 views
last updated Oct 12, 2016 11:27AM
Brothers Karamazov, Epilogue and the Book as a whole
By Everyman · 77 posts · 121 views
last updated Jul 18, 2020 07:12AM
The Grand Inquisitor
By Nate · 4 posts · 87 views
last updated Feb 15, 2019 07:53AM
Brothers Karamazov, Book 6
By Everyman · 53 posts · 77 views
last updated Dec 04, 2016 05:12PM
Translations
By Everyman · 35 posts · 116 views
last updated Dec 03, 2016 09:17PM
* "Four Quartets": The poem as a whole
By Laurel · 55 posts · 101 views
last updated Jul 27, 2015 05:16PM
"The Waste Land": The poem as a whole
By Laurel · 140 posts · 150 views
last updated Sep 18, 2015 01:29PM
4Q4. Little Gidding
By Laurel · 33 posts · 53 views
last updated Jul 20, 2015 12:43PM
Schedule and Resources
By Laurel · 86 posts · 99 views
last updated Jul 15, 2015 12:13PM
4Q3. The Dry Salvages
By Laurel · 96 posts · 47 views
last updated Jul 15, 2015 09:01AM
Showing 5 of 22 topics — 3,840 comments total
+ Ulysses
* 18. Penelope and Ulysses as a whole
By Thomas · 184 posts · 140 views
last updated Nov 28, 2016 06:55PM
Ulysses Resources
By Thomas · 75 posts · 163 views
last updated Oct 30, 2017 12:57PM
16. Eumaeus
By Thomas · 113 posts · 81 views
last updated Dec 05, 2016 10:30AM
17. Ithaca
By Thomas · 126 posts · 108 views
last updated Oct 11, 2016 07:02PM
11. Sirens
By Thomas · 131 posts · 89 views
last updated Sep 04, 2016 01:53PM
Showing 5 of 9 topics — 840 comments total
+ Henriad
* Henriad - reading schedule and structure
By Everyman · 10 posts · 117 views
last updated Nov 26, 2014 02:12PM
Henry V General Discussion
By Everyman · 40 posts · 63 views
last updated Feb 08, 2015 06:11AM
Henry IV Pt. 2 - General Discussion
By Everyman · 41 posts · 38 views
last updated Jan 24, 2015 03:40PM
Henriad - history and background
By Everyman · 89 posts · 71 views
last updated Jan 05, 2015 06:05AM
Henry IV Pt. 1 - General Discussion
By Everyman · 80 posts · 58 views
last updated Jan 05, 2015 04:12AM
Showing 5 of 22 topics — 1,947 comments total
+ War and Peace
* War and Peace--Before we begin
By Laurel · 75 posts · 425 views
last updated Apr 20, 2017 12:12PM
Book 1C--Bald Hills
By Laurel · 59 posts · 119 views
last updated Nov 09, 2016 08:51PM
Epilogue 1 and 2
By Laurel · 15 posts · 57 views
last updated Dec 04, 2013 09:21PM
Book 14
By Laurel · 3 posts · 35 views
last updated Dec 04, 2013 08:40PM
Discussion Schedule
By Laurel · 26 posts · 126 views
last updated Dec 01, 2013 10:50PM
Showing 5 of 20 topics — 1,168 comments total
+ Ovid - Metamorphoses
* Metamorphoses Book 14
By Everyman · 3 posts · 60 views
last updated Aug 09, 2013 01:46PM
* Metamorphoses Book 15
By Everyman · 23 posts · 52 views
last updated Aug 18, 2013 07:35PM
* Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 5 posts · 148 views
last updated Aug 05, 2013 01:58PM
Metamorphoses Book 11
By Everyman · 28 posts · 46 views
last updated Aug 19, 2013 02:43PM
Background and Resources
By Everyman · 62 posts · 158 views
last updated Aug 15, 2013 12:06AM
Showing 5 of 14 topics — 1,202 comments total
+ Virgil - Aeneid
* Reading Schedule & Translations
By Thomas · 52 posts · 236 views
last updated Sep 10, 2012 05:36PM
* Historical and Background Information
By Thomas · 67 posts · 85 views
last updated Oct 15, 2012 06:31AM
* Aeneid, Book 1
By Thomas · 90 posts · 133 views
last updated Oct 06, 2012 05:43PM
* Aeneid, Book 2
By Thomas · 112 posts · 92 views
last updated Oct 14, 2012 03:24PM
* Aeneid, Book 3
By Thomas · 80 posts · 47 views
last updated Oct 05, 2012 08:46AM
* The Odyssey through Book 24
By Everyman · 24 posts · 196 views
last updated Mar 10, 2016 06:15PM
* The Odyssey through Book 22
By Everyman · 41 posts · 54 views
last updated Jul 05, 2012 09:32PM
The Odyssey through Book 20
By Thomas · 40 posts · 58 views
last updated Jul 01, 2012 10:15PM
The Odyssey through Book 18
By Everyman · 46 posts · 49 views
last updated Jun 22, 2012 11:22AM
The Odyssey through Book 12
By Everyman · 45 posts · 91 views
last updated Jun 11, 2012 05:17AM
* Iliad through Book 23
By Everyman · 64 posts · 78 views
last updated Mar 25, 2012 10:26AM
* Iliad through Book 24
By Everyman · 51 posts · 60 views
last updated Mar 29, 2012 05:11PM
Iliad through Book 18
By Everyman · 21 posts · 82 views
last updated Mar 21, 2016 09:18PM
Iliad Resources
By Everyman · 81 posts · 257 views
last updated Mar 13, 2015 10:18AM
Iliad Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 78 posts · 213 views
last updated Nov 10, 2013 05:37PM
* Swann's Way - Swann in Love
By Everyman · 62 posts · 161 views
last updated Dec 19, 2011 01:35PM
* Swann's Way - Overture and Combray
By Everyman · 207 posts · 195 views
last updated Dec 09, 2011 12:49PM
Discussion Schedule for Swann's Way
By Everyman · 2 posts · 128 views
last updated Dec 20, 2011 04:40PM
References, resources, etc.
By Everyman · 60 posts · 86 views
last updated Dec 20, 2011 08:18AM
Discussion: Place Names and book as a whole
By Everyman · 19 posts · 69 views
last updated Dec 14, 2011 07:40PM
* The Republic - The Book as a whole
By Everyman · 56 posts · 188 views
last updated Jul 18, 2020 07:24AM
* The Republic - Book 10
By Everyman · 31 posts · 52 views
last updated Oct 21, 2011 08:53PM
* The Republic - Book 9
By Everyman · 21 posts · 51 views
last updated Mar 06, 2012 08:54PM
* The Republic - Book 8
By Everyman · 54 posts · 40 views
last updated Oct 17, 2011 02:54PM
Preliminary thoughts on reading Plato
By Everyman · 36 posts · 127 views
last updated Feb 17, 2017 08:29AM
* Consolation of Philosophy - The Book as a whole
By Everyman · 42 posts · 99 views
last updated Jul 13, 2011 10:46AM
* Consolation of Philosophy - Book 5
By Everyman · 28 posts · 57 views
last updated Jul 05, 2011 08:16PM
Consolation of Philosophy - Book 3
By Everyman · 55 posts · 58 views
last updated Jul 05, 2011 01:44PM
Consolation of Philosophy - Book 2
By Everyman · 159 posts · 66 views
last updated Jul 03, 2011 10:47PM
Consolation of Philosophy - Book 4
By Everyman · 33 posts · 62 views
last updated Jun 28, 2011 11:35AM
* Moby Dick--the book as a whole
By Laurel · 122 posts · 241 views
last updated Nov 15, 2020 07:47PM
* Week 6 - through Chapter 128
By Everyman · 63 posts · 57 views
last updated May 09, 2011 12:26PM
* Week 5 - through Chapter 108
By Everyman · 52 posts · 45 views
last updated May 04, 2011 05:14PM
* Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 34 posts · 157 views
last updated Apr 06, 2011 10:40PM
Week 1 - Chapters 1 - 20
By Everyman · 326 posts · 148 views
last updated May 28, 2011 09:38PM
* Week 9 - The Franklin's Tale
By Everyman · 7 posts · 53 views
last updated Mar 10, 2011 02:18AM
* Week 9 - The Second Nun's Tale
By Everyman · 13 posts · 40 views
last updated Mar 12, 2011 06:51PM
* Week 9 - The Canon's Yeoman's Tale
By Everyman · 3 posts · 26 views
last updated Mar 10, 2011 02:50AM
* Week 9 - The Manciple's Tale
By Everyman · 2 posts · 24 views
last updated Mar 03, 2011 01:11AM
* Week 9 - The Parsons' Tale
By Everyman · 1 post · 24 views
last updated Mar 02, 2011 10:00AM
* Themes
By Everyman · 64 posts · 67 views
last updated Jan 09, 2011 03:56PM
* Huckleberry Finn - Through End of Book
By Everyman · 75 posts · 67 views
last updated Dec 18, 2010 01:02PM
Related Writing by Mark Twain`
By Everyman · 44 posts · 60 views
last updated Jul 22, 2011 08:31AM
Huckleberry Finn - Biographical Information About Samuel Clemens and Mark Twain
By Everyman · 47 posts · 58 views
last updated Jul 07, 2011 03:01AM
Huckleberry Finn - Through Chapter 32
By Everyman · 134 posts · 71 views
last updated Nov 28, 2010 03:15PM
* The Eumenides
By Everyman · 133 posts · 116 views
last updated Nov 07, 2010 05:31PM
Interesting and useful links
By Everyman · 11 posts · 111 views
last updated Feb 10, 2014 07:06PM
Related diversions
By Everyman · 24 posts · 99 views
last updated Dec 29, 2013 05:03PM
Agamemnon
By Everyman · 367 posts · 169 views
last updated Aug 21, 2011 07:05PM
The Libation Bearers (The Choephori)
By Everyman · 127 posts · 81 views
last updated Oct 26, 2010 08:22PM
* Paradise Lost--Through Book 12
By Everyman · 80 posts · 92 views
last updated Sep 04, 2010 06:49AM
* Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 6 posts · 166 views
last updated Jun 29, 2010 01:17PM
Milton the Poet
By Everyman · 7 posts · 106 views
last updated Jul 06, 2014 05:31AM
Paradise Lost--Through Book 11
By Everyman · 49 posts · 50 views
last updated Aug 24, 2010 04:25AM
Paradise Lost--Through Book 10
By Everyman · 188 posts · 117 views
last updated Aug 23, 2010 07:06AM
* Book 8, Finale, whole work
By Everyman · 33 posts · 112 views
last updated Jun 06, 2010 08:40PM
* Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 18 posts · 194 views
last updated May 22, 2011 06:40PM
Book 7 - Chapters 63-71
By Everyman · 5 posts · 50 views
last updated May 11, 2010 10:36PM
Book 4 - Chapters 34-42
By Everyman · 46 posts · 62 views
last updated May 10, 2010 05:19PM
Book 6 - Chapters 54-62
By Everyman · 5 posts · 57 views
last updated May 06, 2010 01:39AM
* Weeks 11 & 12 - through the end of the book & the book as a whole
By Everyman · 163 posts · 118 views
last updated Mar 06, 2011 05:14PM
* Week 10 - Thanksgiving break, catch-up if needed
By Everyman · 7 posts · 39 views
last updated Nov 30, 2009 08:44PM
* Reading Schedule for Les Miserables
By Everyman · 7 posts · 301 views
last updated Sep 19, 2009 07:12PM
Week 1 - Fantine Books 1-3
By Everyman · 123 posts · 156 views
last updated Dec 13, 2009 10:57AM
Week 9 - through Jean Valjean Book 3
By Everyman · 52 posts · 64 views
last updated Dec 03, 2009 09:19AM
* Reading Schedule for Don Quixote
By Everyman · 13 posts · 258 views
last updated Jul 21, 2009 05:04PM
* Week 10 - Reflective on Part 2 and whole book
By Everyman · 52 posts · 119 views
last updated Dec 14, 2011 01:38AM
* Week 9 - through the end of Book 2
By Everyman · 5 posts · 44 views
last updated Aug 28, 2009 08:40PM
* Week 8 - .Part 2 throuigh Chapter 50
By Everyman · 25 posts · 46 views
last updated Sep 03, 2009 02:56PM
* Week 7 - Book 2 through chapter 33
By Everyman · 31 posts · 48 views
last updated Sep 02, 2009 03:14PM
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