Optional Summer Reading

Below are optional recommended readings for each of the 2019-2020 courses:

WRITING I: GRAMMAR

  • The D’Aulaire’s Greek Myths (available at Amazon)

ANCIENT HISTORY & ANCIENT LITERATURE

  • Edith Hamilton’s Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes (available at Amazon)
  • Padraic Colum’s The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy, now titled The Children’s Homer – This would be a fast read for most older students; also has many beautiful line drawings (available free at Archive)
  • Dorothy Mills’ The Book of the Ancient Greeks (available free at GoogleBooks)
  • Dorothy Mills’ The Book of the Ancient Romans (available free at Archive)
  • Ernle Bradford’s Thermopylae (available at Amazon)
  • B.H. Liddell Hart’s Scipio Africanus: Greater than Napoleon (available at Amazon)

MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE HISTORY & MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE LITERATURE

  • C.S. Lewis’ The Discarded Image (available at Amazon)
  • Christopher Dawson’s Religion and the Rise of Western Culture (available at Amazon)
  • C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia (available at Amazon)
  • J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (available at Amazon)

PHILOSOPHY, POLITICS, AND ECONOMICS

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