Index of My Journal Posts on Classical and Other Literature

[Update, June 23, 2013]: I have added many months’ worth of material from my reading journal. By scrolling to the bottom, you can now see added sections on Greek history, including Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon, as well as several Sophists. There is also a new section on Chinese Classics, including the Analects of Confucius, the Tao Te Ching associated with Lao Tzu, and the Chuang-Tzu, associated with the figure of Master Chuang and his followers. I have also added bullets for sections with any entries encompassing more than one line.]

[UPDATE]: I am updating this post as I add new entries. I will likely change the time stamp several times.

Note: I have edited this post to remove a few grammatical infelicities.

Over the last several years, and on three different blogs, I have read and commented on virtually every book of the two Homeric epics, in addition to all the surviving plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the great Athenian dramatists of the fifth century. In addition, I’ve written short commentaries on the first three chapters of Genesis (my own area of previous study), and a short report on teaching the Epic of Gilgamesh in a foreign language classroom, in addition to three further posts on the Gilgamesh epic.

The following index is not meant to show off–nothing I’ve written in this online journal is intended to be scholarly, and much of it is marred by bad writing and excessive plot summary. (At present, I have written just under 135,000 [current as of June 2013] words in the ancient Near Eastern and Classics journal, so it is perhaps natural that–when I am not permitted to focus on my studies as I would if I were in, say, a Ph.D. program–some grammatical and spelling errors remain, much to my embarrassment.) It is what it is: a record of my thoughts after initial reading(s), mostly intended for my own benefit. The posts are arranged by playwright. An uneven quality certainly exists within the posts: some are the product of close readings, while others were written together without this commitment of time. I anticipate that I will return to many of the plays–especially Prometheus Bound, again. When that happens, I intend to put updates here.


A. Ancient Mesopotamian Civilization

B. The Hebrew Bible


A. Homeric Epic, Poetry, and Myth

1. The Iliad

2. The Odyssey

3. The Homeric Hymns

4. Hesiod

i. Theogony

ii. Works and Days

iii. Testimonia

B. Drama:

1. Fifth Century Tragedy

i. Aeschylus

ii. Sophocles

iii. Euripides

2. Comedy

i. Aristophanes

ii. Menander

A Celebration of Classical Greek Drama

C. History

1. Herodotus’ The Histories

2. Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War

3. Xenophon

D. Greek Philosophy

1. The Sophists

2. The Pre-Socratics

III. The Ancient Roman World

[to be read after the ancient Greek material]

IV. The Classical Chinese World

A. Confucius’ Analects

B. Lao Tzu & the Tao Te Ching

C. The Chuang-Tzu