It’s a slow day in the bookshop. It’s raining (finally) and customers are also blowing into the shop in sudden gusts and out again. So I have time to think in between.
As I warned in my very first post, I do love lists, and naturally lists of books are of interest. I am toying with the idea of tagging my book posts with icons when the title appears on a ‘best of … ‘ list, so how would that have gone so far?
And then there’s ‘1001 Childrens’ Books to Read before You Grow Up’ as well 😊
‘Great Books of the Western World’ is also chronologically ordered, and covers 60 volumes in its second edition. Far more in tune with my efforts so far, it starts with the complete works of Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, the medical texts of Hippocrates and Galen, and the mathematical treatises of Euclid and Archimedes, Apollonius and Nicomachus (I came off the rails with Plato and Aristotle, and didn’t even attempt the mathematics!) However, GBWW is a little more picky with the Romans, omitting Plautus and Terence, Cicero, Caesar, Horace and Ovid – but then they have an imposed publishing-driven limit.
Susan Wise Bauer’s ‘The Well-Educated Mind’ lists roughly 30 titles in each of six categories : Fiction, Drama, Poetry, Autobiography, History and Politics, and Science. So far I have unknowingly started her Drama, History and Science lists, doing pretty well with Herodotus and Thucydides, Plato’s Republic, Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Euripides’ Medea, Aristophanes’ The Birds, and Aristotle’s Poetics, Hippocrates, Gilgamesh and of course Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, but skipped Aristotle’s Physics. 😦
Of course my most successful list is actually Penguin’s Catalogue of Classics, and it also stretches just far enough outside the Western Canon for my purposes, covering Chinese, Japanese, and South Asian classics.
Have I forgotten something obvious??