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: Apology - http://librivox.org/the-apology-of-socrates-by-plato/
: Apology - http://librivox.org/the-apology-of-socrates-by-plato/
: Crito - Text - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1657
: Crito - http://librivox.org/short-nonfiction-collection-vol-024-by-various/
Aristophanes: The Clouds, Lysistrata
Aristophanes: The Clouds, Lysistrata

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Great Books of the Western World Ten Year Reading Plan - Year One

Great Books of the Western World is a series of books originally published in the United States in 1952 by Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. in an attempt to present the western canon in a single package of 54 volumes. The series is now in its second edition and contains 60 volumes. It retails for US$1,195 (GB£585 or €861). (Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Books_of_the_Western_World)
The following is the first year of the suggested ten year reading plan for the Second Edition, linked to public domain versions of each of the readings. Note that preference is given to completed audio versions on LibriVox. If there is no completed audio version but the work is in progress, then a link is provided to the forum thread. If there is no version in progress, then a link is provided to a public domain text source.

Plato: Apology, Crito

Apology - http://librivox.org/the-apology-of-socrates-by-plato/
Crito - http://librivox.org/short-nonfiction-collection-vol-024-by-various/

Aristophanes: The Clouds, Lysistrata

The Clouds - Text - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/2562
Lysistrata - http://librivox.org/lysistrata-by-aristophanes/

Plato: The Republic [Book I-II]


Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics [Book I]


Aristotle: Politics [Book I]


Plutarch: The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans [Lycurgus, Numa Pompilius, Lycurgus and Numa Compared, Alexander, Caesar]

http://librivox.org/plutarchs_parallel_lives_vol_1/ (Lycurgus, Numa Pompilius, Lycurgus and Numa Compared)
Text - Complete - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/674
Text - Individual Volumes - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/14033, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/14114, and http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/14140

New Testament [The Gospel According to Saint Matthew, The Acts of the Apostles]

The Gospel According to Saint Matthew - http://librivox.org/book-of-matthew-web/
The Acts of the Apostles - Text - King James - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/8044
The Acts of the Apostles - Text - World English Bible - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/8271

St. Augustine: The Confessions [Book I-VIII]


Machiavelli: The Prince


Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel

Book 1 - http://librivox.org/gargantua-and-pantagruel-by-francois-rabelais/
Book 2 IN PROGRESS https://forum.librivox.org/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=35080
Text - Complete - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1200
Text - Individual Volumes - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/8166, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/8167, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/8168, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/8169, and http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/8170

Montaigne: The Essays [Of custom, and not easily changing an accepted law; Of pedantry; Of the education of children; It is folly to measure the true and false by our own capacity; Of cannibals; That the taste of good and evil depends in large part on the opinion we have of them; Of some verses of Virgil]

Book 1 IN PROGRESS https://forum.librivox.org/viewtopic.php?t=30936
Text - Complete - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3600
Text - Individual Volumes - http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3581, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3582, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3583, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3584, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3585, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3586, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3587, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3588, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3589, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3590, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3591, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3592, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3593, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3594, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3595, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3596, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3597, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3598, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3599

Shakespeare: Hamlet


Locke: Concerning Civil Government [Second Essay]


Rousseau: The Social Contract [Book I-II]


Gibbon: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire [Ch. 15-16]


The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, The Federalist [Numbers 1-10, 15,31,47, 51, 68-71]

Declaration of Independence - http://librivox.org/us-historical-documents/
Constitution of the United States - http://librivox.org/us-historical-documents/
The Federalist - http://librivox.org/the-federalist-papers-by-alexander-hamilton-john-jay-and-james-madison/

Smith: The Wealth of Nations [Introduction-Book I, Ch. 9]


Tocqueville: Democracy in America [Vol I, Park II, Ch. 6-8]


Marx-Engels: Manifesto of the Communist Party


Ibsen: The Master Builder


Schrodinger: What is Life (published 1944 - likely still in copyright.)

Other years' list can be found here