Reading the Classics

“Reading the Classics

I want to start reading some more classic books. For my purposes, I will consider everything written from before the 20th century as a classic. I hope to read at least one classic book from every century from the 19th century, to before 0 CE. This project might take me a while, but I feel it’s important to read the voices of our past, as it helps us understand the present.

Books with links to my reviews and/or check marks have been read.

20th Century CE (1900-1999) Ulysses by James Joyce (1922) ✓ The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse (1938)

19th Century Frankenstein: The 1818 Text by Mary Shelley (1818) ✓ Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1866)

18th Century Rights of Man by Thomas Paine (1791) Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726)

17th Century Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1605) Hamlet by William Shakespeare (1600) Paradise Lost by John Milton (1667)

16th Century Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (1595)

15th Century

14th Century The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (1390) Inferno by Dante Alighieri (1320)

13th Century

12th Century

11th Century

10th Century

9th Century

8th Century

7th Century

6th Century

5th Century

4th Century

3rd Century

2th Century

1st Century CE Beowolf - Author Unknown (975) ✓

The Year 0 CE

1st Century BCE (100BCE - 1 BCE)

2nd Century BCE Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (180 BCE) ✓

3rd Century BCE The Republic by Plato (380 BCE) [currently reading!]

4th Century BCE History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides (411 BCE) Oedipus Rex by Sophocles (429) Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus (480)

5th Century BCE The Art of War by Sun Tzu (500 BCE) ✓

6th Century BCE

7th Century BCE The Odyssey by Homer (725) ✓

8th Century BCE The Iliad by Homer (890 BCE) ✓

9th Century BCE

10th Century BCE The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon (1002) The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu (1008)

11th Century BCE 12th Century BCE 13th Century BCE 14th Century BCE 15th Century BCE 16th Century BCE 17th Century BCE 18th Century BCE 19th Century BCE 20th Century BCE 21st Century BCE The Epic of Gilgamesh (2100 BCE)”,

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