Philosophy Reading List

Reading List for PhD candidates in Classical Philosophy

Students may make substitutions of authors or works under the same conditions as students taking the degree in Classical Philology.

Greek Literature

  • Aeschylus: OresteiaPrometheus
  • Aristophanes: AcharniansBirdsCloudsFrogs
  • Aristotle: Categories 1–5; Physics I, II; Metaphysics A, L; Nicomachean Ethics I–III.5; Poetics
  • Callimachus: Aitia fr. 1–2, 67–75, 110, Hymns 2
  • Demosthenes: Olynthiacs 1, On the Crown 199–end, Philippics1
  • Diogenes Laertius: X 1–83, 117–154
  • Euripides: BacchaeHippolytusMedea
  • Gorgias: Helen
  • Herodotus: I 1–130, III 1–87
  • Hesiod: Theogony
  • Homer: IliadOdysseyHymns 2 and 5
  • Isocrates: Panegyricus
  • Lyric Poetry: selections as in D. Campbell, Greek Lyric Poetry
  • Lysias: 1, 7, 12
  • Menander: Samia
  • Parmenides: all B fragments
  • Pindar: Olympians 1, 2; Pythians 1, 8, 10
  • Plato: ApologyEuthyphroGorgiasPhaedoRepublic I, II 357A–369B, IV 427D–445E, V 473B–480A, VI 502C–VII 521B, Parmenides 126A–135C
  • Plotinus: Enneads I 6
  • Plutarch: De Stoicorum Repugnantiis
  • Sextus Empiricus: Pyrrh. Hyp. I
  • Sophocles: AjaxAntigoneOedipus Tyrannus
  • Theocritus: 1, 2, 7, 11, 13
  • Thucydides: I, II 34–65, III 35–85, V 26, 84–16, VI 8–23, VII 84–87, VIII 1
  • Xenophon: Memorabilia

Latin Literature

  • Apuleius: De Deo Socratis
  • Augustinus: De Magistro
  • Caesar: Bellum Gallicum I, Bellum Civile III
  • Catullus: all
  • Cicero: In Catilinam 1–4; Pro CaelioPhilippics 1; AcademicaDe FinibusDe Oratore I; Brutus; letters, as in D.R. Shackleton Bailey's Selected Letters
  • Ennius: all fragments
  • Horace: OdesEpodesSatires I, Epistles I, II 2
  • Juvenal: 1, 3, 4, 6, 10
  • Livy: I, XXI, XXXIII
  • Lucretius: I, II 1–293, III, IV 1058–1287, V, VI 1138–1286
  • Martial: I
  • Ovid: Amores I, Heroides 1, 4, Metamorphoses I, VII, VIII, Tristia I
  • Persius: 1
  • Plautus: AmphitruoPseudolusRudens
  • Pliny: Epistulae I 1, 20, II 1, III 5, 7, 16, 19, 21, IV 14, V 8, VI 16, 20, VII 17, 27, 33, X 96, 97
  • Propertius: I, II 1, 8, 10, 12, 13B, 15, 26A, 34, III 1–5, IV 3, 7, 8, 9, 11
  • Quintilian: X 1
  • Sallust: Catiline
  • Seneca: MedeaEpistulae Morales 7, 12, 47, 51, 56, 76, 86, 88, 108, 114, 120–122, 124, De Constantia SapientisDe Vita Beata
  • Suetonius: Tiberius
  • Tacitus: AgricolaDialogusHistories I, Annals I–II 26, IV 1–12, 32–67, VI 18–30, 50–51, XI 23–38, XII 58–XIII 25, XIV 1–65, XV 38–65, XVI 18–35
  • Terence: Heauton TimorumenosAdelphoe
  • Virgil: EcloguesGeorgicsAeneid