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.”

As one participant noted, "the goal of this group is to make reading the classics an enjoyable and enlightening but non-threatening process."
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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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Start date
December 12, 2018
Finish date
January 1, 2018
Discussion leader
Tamara Agha-Jaffar
Why we're reading this
Interim Read
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Showing 5 of 55 topics — 4,668 comments total
+ Interim Readings
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Intro and Parts 1 & 2
By David · 34 posts · 32 views
last updated 20 minutes ago
Ambrose Bierce Short Stories
By David · 7 posts · 44 views
last updated Sep 29, 2018 06:39PM
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
By Tamara · 71 posts · 72 views
last updated Jul 09, 2018 09:04AM
Tithonus
By Everyman · 47 posts · 69 views
last updated Jul 03, 2018 07:49PM
Trifles
By Tamara · 55 posts · 62 views
last updated Feb 23, 2018 03:12AM
Showing 5 of 57 topics — 4,685 comments total
+ General
Additions for the bookshelf?
By Everyman · 42 posts · 133 views
last updated Nov 21, 2018 10:00PM
Planning for our Fourth Read of 2018
By David · 83 posts · 151 views
last updated Oct 03, 2018 09:28AM
Planning Our Third 2018 Read
By David · 74 posts · 151 views
last updated Jun 29, 2018 01:37PM
Planning for our second 2018 read
By Everyman · 59 posts · 161 views
last updated Jun 11, 2018 01:09PM
A comment
By Everyman · 6 posts · 86 views
last updated May 01, 2018 07:28AM
Showing 5 of 22 topics — 4,765 comments total
+ Tea room
* The Tea Shop 3
By Everyman · 2263 posts · 722 views
last updated Oct 24, 2018 05:54PM
Recommendations, please
By Laura · 90 posts · 257 views
last updated Nov 05, 2018 06:35AM
Reading in High School
By Cass · 127 posts · 259 views
last updated Apr 03, 2018 07:19PM
What do you think?
By Emiliy200 · 27 posts · 83 views
last updated Oct 01, 2017 05:51AM
love as the most important topic of literature
By Iva · 28 posts · 180 views
last updated Feb 12, 2017 03:35AM
Part 9, What is Noble -- and the book as a whole
By Thomas · 67 posts · 30 views
last updated Dec 09, 2018 07:32PM
Part 7, Our Virtues
By Thomas · 88 posts · 37 views
last updated Dec 07, 2018 10:03AM
Part 8, Peoples and Fatherlands
By Thomas · 40 posts · 21 views
last updated Dec 05, 2018 08:14AM
Translations and Background material
By Thomas · 54 posts · 85 views
last updated Dec 03, 2018 07:41AM
Part 5, Natural History of Morals
By Thomas · 108 posts · 40 views
last updated Nov 22, 2018 08:04PM
Showing 5 of 13 topics — 1,014 comments total
+ Moby-Dick - Reread
chapters 108 through 125
By David · 54 posts · 37 views
last updated Dec 08, 2018 09:34PM
Background, Resources, and Misc.
By David · 61 posts · 99 views
last updated Oct 04, 2018 04:14PM
Chapters 83 through 93
By David · 61 posts · 42 views
last updated Oct 03, 2018 05:32AM
Chapters 126 - Epilogue + Book as a Whole
By David · 52 posts · 37 views
last updated Sep 30, 2018 01:36PM
Discussion Schedule
By David · 23 posts · 109 views
last updated Sep 20, 2018 02:17PM
Translations
By Everyman · 46 posts · 91 views
last updated Nov 24, 2018 01:54PM
General Discussion
By Everyman · 73 posts · 103 views
last updated Jul 11, 2018 12:49PM
Books 23 & 24 and Book as a Whole
By David · 51 posts · 39 views
last updated Jun 28, 2018 06:25AM
Books 21 & 22
By David · 77 posts · 42 views
last updated Jun 23, 2018 07:35PM
Books 17 and 18
By Tamara · 81 posts · 35 views
last updated Jun 18, 2018 11:49AM
* De Officiis reading schedule
By Everyman · 4 posts · 104 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 · 32 posts · 42 views
last updated Jun 15, 2017 05:27AM
De Officiis Week 1 - Paragraphs 1-92
By Everyman · 98 posts · 79 views
last updated Jun 13, 2017 12:56PM
De Officiis Week 4 - Book 3 cantos 1-64
By Everyman · 27 posts · 41 views
last updated Jun 08, 2017 09:23AM
De Officiis, background and resources
By Everyman · 14 posts · 64 views
last updated Jun 01, 2017 08:47PM
* Reading Schedule for Republic Revisited
By Everyman · 13 posts · 197 views
last updated Mar 19, 2017 08:17AM
Republic Redux, Book 7
By Everyman · 37 posts · 50 views
last updated Nov 15, 2018 08:19AM
Republic Redux, Book 5
By Everyman · 38 posts · 60 views
last updated Mar 27, 2017 08:15PM
Republic Redux, Book 10
By Everyman · 38 posts · 43 views
last updated Mar 15, 2017 07:52AM
Republic Redux, Book 9
By Everyman · 22 posts · 33 views
last updated Mar 07, 2017 07:50PM
* Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 43 posts · 261 views
last updated Oct 12, 2016 11:27AM
The Grand Inquisitor
By Nate · 4 posts · 54 views
last updated Apr 21, 2017 11:46PM
Brothers Karamazov, Epilogue and the Book as a whole
By Everyman · 76 posts · 78 views
last updated Mar 20, 2017 08:55AM
Brothers Karamazov, Book 6
By Everyman · 53 posts · 62 views
last updated Dec 04, 2016 05:12PM
Translations
By Everyman · 37 posts · 105 views
last updated Dec 03, 2016 09:17PM
* "Four Quartets": The poem as a whole
By Laurel · 55 posts · 88 views
last updated Jul 27, 2015 05:16PM
"The Waste Land": The poem as a whole
By Laurel · 150 posts · 138 views
last updated Sep 18, 2015 01:29PM
4Q4. Little Gidding
By Laurel · 33 posts · 41 views
last updated Jul 20, 2015 12:43PM
Schedule and Resources
By Laurel · 99 posts · 94 views
last updated Jul 15, 2015 12:13PM
4Q3. The Dry Salvages
By Laurel · 96 posts · 43 views
last updated Jul 15, 2015 09:01AM
Showing 5 of 22 topics — 3,235 comments total
+ Ulysses
* 18. Penelope and Ulysses as a whole
By Thomas · 239 posts · 119 views
last updated Nov 28, 2016 06:55PM
Ulysses Resources
By Thomas · 89 posts · 146 views
last updated Oct 30, 2017 12:57PM
16. Eumaeus
By Thomas · 160 posts · 77 views
last updated Dec 05, 2016 10:30AM
17. Ithaca
By Thomas · 144 posts · 99 views
last updated Oct 11, 2016 07:02PM
11. Sirens
By Thomas · 160 posts · 82 views
last updated Sep 04, 2016 01:53PM
Showing 5 of 9 topics — 702 comments total
+ Henriad
* Henriad - reading schedule and structure
By Everyman · 12 posts · 109 views
last updated Nov 26, 2014 02:12PM
Henry V General Discussion
By Everyman · 56 posts · 61 views
last updated Feb 08, 2015 06:11AM
Henry IV Pt. 2 - General Discussion
By Everyman · 58 posts · 35 views
last updated Jan 24, 2015 03:40PM
Henriad - history and background
By Everyman · 102 posts · 65 views
last updated Jan 05, 2015 06:05AM
Henry IV Pt. 1 - General Discussion
By Everyman · 97 posts · 55 views
last updated Jan 05, 2015 04:12AM
Resources for reading Plato
By Everyman · 71 posts · 115 views
last updated Dec 12, 2018 07:25AM
Phaedo
By Thomas · 333 posts · 77 views
last updated Aug 13, 2014 11:13AM
Meno
By Everyman · 357 posts · 86 views
last updated Aug 09, 2014 05:06PM
Theaetetus
By Everyman · 396 posts · 80 views
last updated Jul 18, 2014 09:28AM
Showing 5 of 22 topics — 1,608 comments total
+ War and Peace
* War and Peace--Before we begin
By Laurel · 87 posts · 384 views
last updated Apr 20, 2017 12:12PM
Book 1C--Bald Hills
By Laurel · 84 posts · 109 views
last updated Nov 09, 2016 08:51PM
Epilogue 1 and 2
By Laurel · 15 posts · 54 views
last updated Dec 04, 2013 09:21PM
Book 14
By Laurel · 3 posts · 32 views
last updated Dec 04, 2013 08:40PM
Discussion Schedule
By Laurel · 27 posts · 120 views
last updated Dec 01, 2013 10:50PM
* Metamorphoses Book 14
By Everyman · 4 posts · 49 views
last updated Aug 09, 2013 02:18PM
* Metamorphoses Book 15
By Everyman · 28 posts · 50 views
last updated Aug 19, 2013 12:02AM
* Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 7 posts · 140 views
last updated Aug 05, 2013 01:58PM
Metamorphoses Book 11
By Everyman · 33 posts · 44 views
last updated Aug 19, 2013 02:43PM
Background and Resources
By Everyman · 93 posts · 135 views
last updated Aug 15, 2013 12:06AM
* The Odyssey through Book 24
By Everyman · 33 posts · 184 views
last updated Mar 10, 2016 06:15PM
* The Odyssey through Book 22
By Everyman · 74 posts · 52 views
last updated Jul 05, 2012 09:32PM
The Odyssey through Book 20
By Thomas · 67 posts · 54 views
last updated Jul 01, 2012 10:25PM
The Odyssey through Book 18
By Everyman · 66 posts · 42 views
last updated Jun 22, 2012 11:22AM
The Odyssey through Book 12
By Everyman · 52 posts · 86 views
last updated Jun 11, 2012 08:03AM
* Iliad through Book 23
By Everyman · 96 posts · 65 views
last updated Mar 25, 2012 10:26AM
* Iliad through Book 24
By Everyman · 73 posts · 51 views
last updated Mar 29, 2012 05:11PM
Iliad through Book 18
By Everyman · 29 posts · 78 views
last updated Mar 21, 2016 09:18PM
Iliad Resources
By Everyman · 92 posts · 240 views
last updated Mar 13, 2015 10:18AM
Iliad Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 81 posts · 187 views
last updated Nov 10, 2013 05:37PM
* Swann's Way - Swann in Love
By Everyman · 83 posts · 142 views
last updated Dec 19, 2011 01:35PM
* Swann's Way - Overture and Combray
By Everyman · 274 posts · 169 views
last updated Dec 09, 2011 12:49PM
Discussion Schedule for Swann's Way
By Everyman · 2 posts · 119 views
last updated Dec 20, 2011 04:40PM
References, resources, etc.
By Everyman · 71 posts · 80 views
last updated Dec 20, 2011 08:18AM
Discussion: Place Names and book as a whole
By Everyman · 23 posts · 61 views
last updated Dec 14, 2011 07:40PM
* The Republic - The Book as a whole
By Everyman · 73 posts · 134 views
last updated Nov 11, 2011 03:52PM
* The Republic - Book 10
By Everyman · 47 posts · 49 views
last updated Oct 21, 2011 08:53PM
* The Republic - Book 9
By Everyman · 23 posts · 48 views
last updated Mar 06, 2012 08:54PM
* The Republic - Book 8
By Everyman · 86 posts · 38 views
last updated Oct 17, 2011 02:54PM
Preliminary thoughts on reading Plato
By Everyman · 42 posts · 117 views
last updated Feb 17, 2017 08:29AM
* Consolation of Philosophy - The Book as a whole
By Everyman · 59 posts · 90 views
last updated Jul 13, 2011 10:46AM
* Consolation of Philosophy - Book 5
By Everyman · 30 posts · 53 views
last updated Jul 05, 2011 08:16PM
Consolation of Philosophy - Book 3
By Everyman · 78 posts · 51 views
last updated Jul 05, 2011 01:44PM
Consolation of Philosophy - Book 2
By Everyman · 194 posts · 57 views
last updated Jul 03, 2011 10:47PM
Consolation of Philosophy - Book 4
By Everyman · 50 posts · 56 views
last updated Jun 29, 2011 07:43AM
* Moby Dick--the book as a whole
By Laurel · 121 posts · 176 views
last updated May 28, 2011 07:48PM
* Week 6 - through Chapter 128
By Everyman · 63 posts · 54 views
last updated May 09, 2011 12:26PM
* Week 5 - through Chapter 108
By Everyman · 52 posts · 44 views
last updated May 04, 2011 05:14PM
* Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 36 posts · 149 views
last updated Apr 06, 2011 10:40PM
Week 1 - Chapters 1 - 20
By Everyman · 382 posts · 141 views
last updated Mar 28, 2012 03:38PM
* Week 9 - The Franklin's Tale
By Everyman · 7 posts · 45 views
last updated Mar 10, 2011 02:18AM
* Week 9 - The Second Nun's Tale
By Everyman · 13 posts · 35 views
last updated Mar 12, 2011 06:51PM
* Week 9 - The Canon's Yeoman's Tale
By Everyman · 3 posts · 23 views
last updated Mar 10, 2011 02:50AM
* Week 9 - The Manciple's Tale
By Everyman · 2 posts · 21 views
last updated Mar 03, 2011 01:11AM
* Week 9 - The Parsons' Tale
By Everyman · 1 post · 21 views
last updated Mar 02, 2011 10:00AM
* Themes
By Everyman · 71 posts · 63 views
last updated Jan 09, 2011 03:56PM
* Huckleberry Finn - Through End of Book
By Everyman · 79 posts · 66 views
last updated Dec 18, 2010 01:02PM
Related Writing by Mark Twain`
By Everyman · 47 posts · 58 views
last updated Jul 22, 2011 08:31AM
Huckleberry Finn - Biographical Information About Samuel Clemens and Mark Twain
By Everyman · 50 posts · 57 views
last updated Jul 07, 2011 03:01AM
Huckleberry Finn - Through Chapter 32
By Everyman · 139 posts · 70 views
last updated Nov 28, 2010 03:15PM
* The Eumenides
By Everyman · 139 posts · 106 views
last updated Nov 07, 2010 05:31PM
Interesting and useful links
By Everyman · 11 posts · 103 views
last updated Feb 10, 2014 07:06PM
Related diversions
By Everyman · 30 posts · 95 views
last updated Dec 29, 2013 05:03PM
Agamemnon
By Everyman · 417 posts · 161 views
last updated Aug 21, 2011 07:05PM
The Libation Bearers (The Choephori)
By Everyman · 133 posts · 77 views
last updated Oct 26, 2010 08:22PM
* Paradise Lost--Through Book 12
By Everyman · 80 posts · 81 views
last updated Sep 04, 2010 06:49AM
* Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 6 posts · 161 views
last updated Jun 29, 2010 01:17PM
Milton the Poet
By Everyman · 7 posts · 101 views
last updated Jul 06, 2014 05:31AM
Paradise Lost--Through Book 11
By Everyman · 49 posts · 48 views
last updated Aug 24, 2010 04:25AM
Paradise Lost--Through Book 10
By Everyman · 188 posts · 115 views
last updated Aug 23, 2010 07:06AM
* Book 8, Finale, whole work
By Everyman · 33 posts · 102 views
last updated Jun 06, 2010 08:40PM
* Reading Schedule
By Everyman · 18 posts · 186 views
last updated May 22, 2011 06:40PM
Book 7 - Chapters 63-71
By Everyman · 5 posts · 49 views
last updated May 11, 2010 10:36PM
Book 4 - Chapters 34-42
By Everyman · 46 posts · 61 views
last updated May 10, 2010 05:19PM
Book 6 - Chapters 54-62
By Everyman · 5 posts · 55 views
last updated May 06, 2010 01:39AM
* Weeks 11 & 12 - through the end of the book & the book as a whole
By Everyman · 165 posts · 112 views
last updated Mar 06, 2011 05:14PM
* Week 10 - Thanksgiving break, catch-up if needed
By Everyman · 7 posts · 36 views
last updated Nov 30, 2009 08:44PM
* Reading Schedule for Les Miserables
By Everyman · 7 posts · 277 views
last updated Sep 19, 2009 07:12PM
Week 1 - Fantine Books 1-3
By Everyman · 124 posts · 152 views
last updated Mar 22, 2013 05:44PM
Week 9 - through Jean Valjean Book 3
By Everyman · 55 posts · 61 views
last updated Dec 03, 2009 09:19AM
* Reading Schedule for Don Quixote
By Everyman · 16 posts · 223 views
last updated Jul 21, 2009 05:04PM
* Week 10 - Reflective on Part 2 and whole book
By Everyman · 68 posts · 111 views
last updated Dec 14, 2011 01:38AM
* Week 9 - through the end of Book 2
By Everyman · 7 posts · 41 views
last updated Sep 06, 2009 09:02AM
* Week 8 - .Part 2 throuigh Chapter 50
By Everyman · 39 posts · 43 views
last updated Sep 06, 2009 12:38PM
* Week 7 - Book 2 through chapter 33
By Everyman · 50 posts · 45 views
last updated Sep 02, 2009 03:34PM
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