How to Get Started Studying the Classics
From The Art of Manliness.
It doesn’t take much to start studying the classics. Just start reading them! I’d recommend beginning with the Greeks and then moving to the Romans, as they built upon the cultural inheritance they had received from their Hellenistic forebearers.
You can find most of the classical texts online for free. Here’s a suggested reading list to help you get started. It’s not exhaustive, but it’s a good start.
The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer Tragedies of Aeschylus Tragedies of Sophocles Tragedies of Euripides Histories by Herodotus History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides Dialogues by Plato Works by Aristotle Letter to Herodotus and Letter to Menoecus by Epicurus
Treatises of Cicero On the Nature of Things by Lucretius Aeneid by Virgil Works of Horace History of Rome by Livy Metamorphoses by Ovid Parallel Lives and Moralia by Plutarch Germania and Dialogue on Oratory by Tacitus Enchiridion and Discourses by Epictetus Meditations by Marcus Aurelius Letters From a Stoic by Seneca