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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.

Ancient Greeks

   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

Ancient Romans

   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