4,000 years of books : let’s start!

Welcome to Chronolit, a blogging site for my (and hopefully your) journey through 4,000 years of classic literature. Each week I will try to read a classic work of literature, starting from the earliest works and reading in chronological order (hence the name of the blog), comment on it, and invite you to comment too. I am NOT an English Literature professor, I can’t read languages other than English, and I do work full time, so if I can do this, so can you. My comments won’t be full of obscure literary analysis, so it is meant for everyone to join in.  Read with me, or check in every now and then to see where I am.

I will start with the Epic of Gilgamesh, which is presently the oldest known piece of literature, dating back to somewhere around 2000 BC. Then I will move through the Ancient Greek world with a few diversions along the way to India and China.

I have the advantage of access to a University Library collection of literature, so I don’t need to buy every title (although I might buy copies of those I like the best) If you would like to buy each title as we go along, I guess you will need $10-$20 per week, plus enough shelf space for a few thousand books if you go with paper. 🙂

Other options would be

By the way, the last mentioned site Great Books and Classics can be sorted chronologically and that will form the basis of our journey to start with. I found the site while searching last night so I haven’t had a lot of experience with it, but it looks very comprehensive for our purposes.

That’s enough for now. All going well, my comments on Gilgamesh will appear in the next few days.  Also the occasional surprise diversion may well appear, or any interesting lists I come across and want to share. (I love lists!) I hope you will join me.


  1. O my gosh, you read the classical classics! What a beautiful blog. Thanks for stopping by my blog, so I could discover yours!

    It’s been awhile, since college really, I’ve read any of these. I started college as a theater major and was in a wild (which was not too hard) production of Medea. Then switched to history, Medieval, but I studied classical Latin, including literature as well. Now? Translations 🙂

    Oh and my Rat Terrier Jess wants to say “hi” to Kimmy!


    • Never heard of rat terriers before now, but its a great name for these little personalities! I Googled and looked at images – most look like they have a lot of fox terrier heritage.
      Medea has been my favourite Greek tragedy so far, but I prefer Aristophanes’ bawdy comedies for re-read.

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    • Welcome Book Keeper! Hope you enjoy. Since I started the blog back in 2015, I have left my uni library job and now work two casual jobs, one in a bookshop keeping abreast of new titles and chatting to readers about their faves, and the other as library books delivery officer for housebound and nursing home residents, so I get to do lots of shelf browsing and matchmaking 🙂

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      • That’s a good job combination! I left teaching to set up my own little bookshop and make no money and have loved every day of it. Have survived into my 7th year here! Just finished Gilgamesh and looking up the next!


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