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The Epic of Gilgamesh

The oldest surviving piece of extra-biblical literature in the world, the Epic of Gilgamesh presents us with the stunningly vivid adventure story of a Sumerian demigod whose deeds Father Abraham himself may well have heard growing up. With his friend, the wild-man Enkidu, Gilgamesh, the King of Uruk, travels to the ends of the earth […]

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Homer’s Odyssey

Homer’s two epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey arguably stand at the root of what we know as Western civilization. Built on the ancient, vivid stories of the “Returns” of the great Greek heroes of the Trojan War, the Odyssey raises profound questions about the relationship of philosophy and mythology, the quest for domestic […]

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Homer’s Iliad

Homer’s two epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey arguably stand at the root of what we know as Western civilization. Built on the ancient (and likely true!) story of the Trojan War, the Iliad explores several crucial “faces’ of what it means to be human – love, civilization, ethics, divine oversight of the world […]

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Cicero: The Best of the Romans

Few ancient Roman thinkers have been as influential on the course of Western thought as Marcus Tullius Cicero.  A tireless defender of political liberty, through his translation work he contributed substantially to the Latin-speaking world’s ability to engage with Greek philosophy, rhetoric, ethics, and religious thought.  The rediscovery of several of his most important works […]

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Thucydides: History of the Peloponnesian War

Of his account of the great Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, Thucydides wrote, “I have not written this as an essay to win momentary applause, but as a possession for all time.”  The story he tells of this seemingly provincial war is meant to highlight universal themes so as to serve as a storehouse […]

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Herodotus: The Histories

Herodotus was the first Western thinker to write a rational account of culture and its impact on the historical events of both his own day and the past.  The scope of his work is breathtaking, covering diverse Ancient cultures such as the Lydians, the Egyptians, the Persians, and his own people, the Greeks.  The culmination of […]

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