SECULAR CLASSICS (influential monuments of Western civilization which provide deep insight into Western secular culture)
Homer: The Iliad
Homer: The Odyssey
Herodotus: The Histories
Ancient account of the wars between the Greeks and Persians, the rise of Cyrus the Great and the Persian Empire, & the culture and customs of the Greeks, Asians, and Egyptians, from the origins of the Trojan War to the Greek repulsion of Xerxes I. Links to Volume I, Volume II, Volume III, and Volume IV of Godley translation. Alternative ISBN 078618969X
Arrian: Anabasis of Alexander
The most complete classical account of the exploits of Alexander the Great. Image links to Chinnock translation. ISBN recommendations: 0674992601, 0674992970; alternative ISBN: 192971842X .
Livy: History of Rome
A monumental and fascinating classical chronicle of the history and traditions of ancient Rome. Links to Volume I, Volume II, Volume III, Volume IV, Volume V, Volume VI, Volume VII, Volume VIII, Volume IX, Volume X, Volume XI, Volume XII, Volume XIII of Harvard University Press translation.
Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics
An extensive contemplation on the pursuit and attainment of happiness by one of the most influential thinkers of Western civilization. Image links to Ross translation.
Epictetus: Discourses and Encheiridion
Marcus Aurelius: Meditations
Applying the teachings of Epictetus and Stoicism, Emperor Marcus Aurelius’ meditations regarding practical attainment & maintenance of philosophic happiness. Image links to Long translation.
Bernal Díaz del Castillo: The True History of the Conquest of New Spain
Conquest does not seem synonymous with evangelization and the conquistadors appear more like Roman pagans than apostles in their mode of mission. Nevertheless a fascinating and saddening account of the encounter between two diverse cultures. Links to Volume I, Volume II, Volume III, Volume IV, and Volume V of Hakluyt Society edition.
David E. Stannard: American Holocaust
What kind of people engage in genocide? “Christians.” A profound cultural critique of the European invaders to the New World. Image links to Google Books entry.