Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Honors Reading List

Honors Western Civilization
Reading List 2012-2013
Mr. Morris 
Directions:    Select one book from the list below and read it by the end of first semester.  Before semester’s end, you will need to give a report on the book to the class.  You can do this as a powerpoint or orally.  You will also need to keep a reading log giving a brief summary of each chapter as you read it.
Books are ranked according to length/difficulty.  The shorter books are worth fewer points than the longer or more difficult books.  Choose your book according to your interests and reading ability and get it okayed with me as soon as you decide.  I will need to know the name of your book by October 1, 2012.   Many of these will have to be found at the public library or purchased from Amazon or a book store.   Used copies from Amazon are usually very inexpensive.  Report is due by end of First Trimester. 
Writings of Ancient Greece
Sophocles:  Oedipus Rex
Aristophanes (c. 448- c. 388 B.C.E.):  The Birds or The Frogs
Thucdides:  The History of the Peloponesian War
Nichmachus of Gerasa:  Introduction to Arithmetic
Plato:  The Republic or  Dialogues
Aristotle:  Metaphysics, Rhetoric or On the Soul
Writings of Ancient Rome
Virgil:  The Aeneid
Livy:  The History of Rome
Epictetus, The Discourses
Saint Augustine,  Confessions, City of God or On Christian Doctrine
The Almagest, by Ptolemy 
Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans by Plutarch
Fictional Works on Greece
The Alexander Trilogy by Mary Renault (Paperback - 1984)
Fictional Works on Rome
Grass Crown by Colleen McCullough (Paperback - Nov 11, 2008)
Pompeii: A Novel by Robert Harris (Paperback - Nov 8, 2005

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