Cavalcade of Classics, Round Two

Welcome to Round Two of my Cavalcade of Classics!

The Classics Club hosts a challenge in which members curate and read from a list of at least 50 Classics. The titles are each member’s own choice, and the definition of “Classic” is up to each member’s own discretion. Each member chooses a date up to five years in the future by which they will aim to read and write about each of their titles. And that’s all there is to it.

My list this time—my second time participating after my first list expired—consists of 50 titles. Some of these are rollovers from my list from Round One, but many of them are new.

The first 18 are from Ancient times. My daughter is studying the Ancients through the Classics, so I’m prioritizing the Ancient literature from my list to read along with or ahead of her. I hope to finish these 18 by December 31, 2019.

Unlike with Round One, I’m going to let myself listen to some of these on audio. If it seems like I’m missing something that way, I’ll revisit that rule, but if it works okay, I think that will be a good way to “read” some more books on the list.

If I finish all of these titles before the September 30, 2023, end date, I’ll make a Round Three list. With the backlog of books on my TBR, making a Round Three list should be easy.

Start Date: October 1, 2018

Goal date for the first 18 titles: December 31, 2019

End Date: September 30, 2023

Classics List:

  1. The Epic of Gilgamesh (maybe alongside Gilgamesh Among Us by Theodore Ziolkowski) (currently reading, October 2018)
  2. The Odyssey by Homer (trans. by Emily Wilson) (Possible companion read with Circe by Madeline Miller and/or The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood)
  3. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  4. Oedipus Rex by Sophocles (maybe Antigone, too. Possible companion read with The Children of Jocasta by Natalie Haynes)
  5. Agamemnon by Aeschylus
  6. The Analects by Confucius
  7. The Birds by Aristophones
  8. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucycides
  9. The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
  10. Ramayana
  11. Aeneid by Virgil
  12. The Gallic War by Caesar
  13. Cicero’s First Oration Against Catiline (I’m going to try a little of this one in Latin. We’ll see how long I last before I run to the translation.)
  14. The Early History of Rome by Livy (Book I)
  15. The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius (Possible companion read with I, Claudius by Robert Graves)
  16. The Letters of Pliny the Younger (at least a few of them)
  17. Parallel Lives by Plutarch
  18. Confessions by Augustine of Hippo
  19. Maurice by E.M. Forster
  20. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
  21. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  22. The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse
  23. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (read October 2018)
  24. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
  25. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
  26. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (re-read)
  27. The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt
  28. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
  29. A Treatise on Toleration and Other Essays by Voltaire
  30. The Kingdom of God Is Within You by Leo Tolstoy
  31. Utopia by Thomas More
  32. Villette by Charlotte Brontë
  33. The Gate by Natsume Sōseki
  34. The Village by Marghanita Laski
  35. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  36. The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
  37. Noli Me Tángere by José Rizal
  38. The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
  39. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  40. Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
  41. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  42. The Fire Next Time by Baldwin, James
  43. Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
  44. Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder by Evelyn Waugh
  45. The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes
  46. Walden; or, Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau (alongside Thoreau as Spiritual Guide: A Companion to Walden for Personal Reflection and Group Discussion by Barry M. Andrew)
  47. The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig
  48. The Complete Essays by Michel de Montaigne
  49. The Captive Mind by Czesław Miłosz
  50. The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton

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