Great Books of the Western World Year Three

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Check the Great Books of the Western World main page with links to all other years.

The following is the third 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.

AESCHYLUS: Prometheus Bound

Browning Translation:
Buckley Translation:
Thoreau Translation:

HERODOTUS: The History [Book VII-IX]

THUCYDIDES: The History of the Peloponnesian War [Book I-II, V]

PLATO: Statesman

ARISTOTLE: On Interpretation [Ch. 1-10]

ARISTOTLE: Politics [Book III-V]

EUCLID: Elements [Book I]

TACITUS: The Annals

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS: Summa Theologica [Part I-II, QQ 90-97]

CHAUCER: Troilus and Cressida

Available in Middle English:


MILTON: Paradise Lost

LOCKE: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding [Book III, Ch. 1-3, 9-11]

KANT: Science of Right Couldn´t find a PD translation.

MILL: Representative Government [Ch. 1-6]

LAVOISIER: Elements of Chemistry [Part I]

DOSTOEVSKY: The Brothers Karamazov [Part I-II]

FREUD: The Origin and Development of Psychoanalysis

TWAIN – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

LEVI-STRAUSS – Structural Anthropology [Selections] NOT PD

POINCARÉ – Science and Hypothesis [Part I - II]