The Great Book List – The Ancient Era

The Ancient Era

2000 BCE – 8 BCE

Unknown, Sumer, ca. 2000 BCE. The Epic of Gilgamesh.

Unknown, Egypt, ca. 1000 BCE. Egyptian Book of the Dead.

Homer, Greece, ca. 800 BCE. The Iliad, The Odyssey.

Hesiod, Greece, ca. 700 BCE. Theogony.

Unknown, Israel, ca. 800-200 BCE. Genesis, Exodus, Isaiah, Job.

Unknown, India, ca. 800 BCE. The Rig Veda.

Unknown, India, ca. 600 BCE. The Upanishads.

Confucius, China, 551-479 BCE. The Analects.

Lao Tzu, China, ca. 550 BCE. The Tao Te Ching.

Sappho, Greece, ca. 600 BCE. Hymn to Aphrodite.

Aeschylus, Greece, 525-455 BCE. Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, Eumenides.

Sophocles, Greece, 496-406 BCE. Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone.

Herodotus, Greece, 484-425 BCE. The Histories.

Euripides, Greece, 484-406 BCE. Medea, Electra.

Thucydides, Greece, 470-400 BCE. The Peloponnesian War.

Aristophanes, Greece, 448-338 BCE. The Birds, Lysistrata.

Plato, Greece, 428-348 BCE. The Apology of Socrates, The Republic

Aristotle, Greece, 332 BCE. The Nicomachean Ethics.

Sun-Tzu, China, ca. 500 BCE. The Art of War.

Mencius, China, ca.320 BCE. The Mengzi.

Various, India, ca. 400 BCE. The Teachings of The Buddha.

Chuang Tzu, ca. 300 BCE. The Chuang Tzu.

Valmiki, India, ca. 300 BCE. The Ramayana.

Vyasa, ca. India, 200 BCE. The Mahabharata.

Unknown, ca India, 200 BCE. The Bhagavad Gita.

Lucretius, Rome, 60 BCE. Of the Nature of Things.

Julius Caesar, Rome, 50 BCE. Commentaries on the Gallic War.

Cicero, Rome, 45 BCE. On the Nature of the Gods.

Virgil, Rome, 19 BCE. The Aeneid.

Ovid, Rome, 8 BCE. Metamorphoses.

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