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The Great Conversation by Dr. Mortimer J. Adler
Price: 49.95

Designed as a reader`s guide to Britannica's 60 volume Great Books of the Western World set used as the readings source for the Great Books high school (9th-12th grades) program and offered for sale by the Academy.The Great Conversation stands alone as a guide to reading and understanding Western literature. Filled with fascinating background information, extensive timelines, photos, and quotes from renowned works and their authors, The Great Conversation will assist any reader in the quest for a liberal arts education. If you are not quite sure whether to purchase a Great Books set, this introductory volume wll help you decide. Written by Dr. Mortimer J. Adler.

ANCIENT GREEK & ROMAN YEAR: The Lives, Vol. I - Plutarch
Price: 24.95

"Theseus seemed to me to resemble Romulus in many particulars. Both of them, born out of wedlock and of uncertain parentage, had the repute of being sprung from the gods. Both of them united with strength of body and equal vigour of mind; and of the two most famous cities of the world, the one built Rome, and the other made Athens be inhabited. Both stand charged with the rape of women; neither of them could avoid domestic misfortunes...." - From Plutarch's "Life of Theseus"
ANCIENT GREEK & ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR:The Lives, Vol. II - Plutarch
Price: 29.95

"My design is not to write histories, but lives. And the most glorious exploits do not always furnish us with the clearest discoveries of virtue or vice in men; sometimes a matter of less moment, an expression or a jest, informs us better of their characters and inclinations than the most famous sieges, the greatest armaments, or the bloodiest battles...." -From Plutarch's "Life of Alexander"
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: Study Guide for the First Semester Ancient Roman Year
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These Study Guides are meant to be a companion to the Academy’s Great Books selections [organized in the manner of a four-year, eight-semester program at the secondary or college level]. In putting it together we were guided by two principles: 1) that we approach each work on its own terms in an effort to be faithful to its meaning and 2) that we also be aware of the larger tradition out of which the work came and which sets the terms, methods, and forms of the work. We wanted to avoid inserting any beliefs or opinions of our own on the work. We also wanted to do justice, where we could, to the deeper level of meaning that comes from seeing a work in the context of the tradition—science, philosophy, history, and literature—from which it was produced
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: Study Guide for the Second Semester Ancient Roman Year
Price: 49.95

These Study Guides are meant to be a companion to the Academy’s Great Books selections [organized in the manner of a four-year, eight-semester program at the secondary or college level]. In putting it together we were guided by two principles: 1) that we approach each work on its own terms in an effort to be faithful to its meaning and 2) that we also be aware of the larger tradition out of which the work came and which sets the terms, methods, and forms of the work. We wanted to avoid inserting any beliefs or opinions of our own on the work. We also wanted to do justice, where we could, to the deeper level of meaning that comes from seeing a work in the context of the tradition—science, philosophy, history, and literature—from which it was produced.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: Complete Works of Tacitus (used copy)
Price: 24.95

Tacitus was a Roman senator and historian. Tactitus' major works were The Annals and The Histories which covered the Roman Empire from 14 AD - 70 AD. The Complete Tacitus Collection includes the following works: The Annals, The Histories, Germania, Agricola, and A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, or the Causes of Corrupt Eloquence.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: Cicero On Duties
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Cicero wrote On Obligations (De Officiis) in late 44 BC after the assassination of Julius Caesar to provide principles of behavior for aspiring politicians. It has subsequently played a seminal role in the formation of ethical values in western Christendom. Adopted by the fourth-century Christian humanists, it became transmuted into the moral code of the high Middle Ages. Thereafter, in the Renaissance from the time of Petrarch, and in the Age of Enlightenment that followed, it was given central prominence in discussion of the government of states. Today, when corruption and conflict in political life are the focus of so much public attention, On Obligations is still the foremost guide to good conduct. This new edition is based on a more systematic examination of the vast manuscript tradition than has previously been attempted, and shows with new clarity the major contribution to the improvement of the text made by scribes and readers of the later manuscripts, both in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: On The Nature of Things - Lucretius
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With the passion of a true poet, Titus Lucretius Carus (ca. 99-55 B.C.E.) expounds the most coherent and eloquent system of materialism surviving from the ancient world. Developing the atomic theory of his master, Epicurus, Lucretius discusses the motion of atoms, natural phenomena, sensation, free will, and the soul's relation to the body. Most importantly, Lucretius sees his teaching as a bulwark against religious fears and prejudices. Since death is final, humankind need not fear everlasting torture and punishment.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: The Aeneid of Virgil
Price: 22.95

Aeneas flees the ashes of Troy to found the city of Rome and change forever the course of the Western world - and literature as well. Virgil's Aeneid is as eternal as Rome itself, a sweeping epic of arms and heroism - the searching portrait of a man caught between love and duty, human feeling and the force of fate - that has influenced writers for over 2,000 years. Filled with drama, passion, and the universal pathos that only a masterpiece can express, The Aeneid is a book for all time and all people.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: The Conquest of Gaul
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Caesar's account of the Gallic Wars, although based on fact, also served to impress his contemporaries and justify himself to his enemies. The earliest eye-witness account of Britain and its inhabitants appears in these famous memoirs.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: Livy - Early History of Rome
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"I hope my passion for Rome's past has not impaired my judgement; for I do honestly believe that no country has ever been greater or purer than ours or richer in good citizens or noble deeds." In Livy's epic history of Rome he unashamedly praised his country's virtues and urged against its excesses, in order to keep it great. He dedicated most of his life to writing some 142 volumes of history, the first five of which comprise The Early History of Rome. A wonderful read.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: Meditations - Marcus Aurelius
Price: 8.95

Stirring reflections on the human condition from a warrior and emperor provide a fascinating glimpse into the mind and personality of a highly principled Roman of the 2nd century. Recognizing that suffering is at the core of life, he counsels stoic detachment in the face of inevitable pain, loss and death.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
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Written in prison before his brutal execution in AD 524, Boethius' The Consolation of Philosophy is a conversation between the ailing prisoner and his 'nurse' Philosophy, whose instruction restores him to health and brings him to enlightenment. Boethius was an eminent public figure who had risen to great political heights in the court of King Theodoric when he was implicated in conspiracy and condemned to death. Although a Christian, it was to the pagan Greek philosophers that he turned for inspiration following his abrupt fall from grace. With great clarity of thought and philosophical brilliance, Boethius adopted the classical model of the dialogue to debate the vagaries of Fortune, and to explore the nature of happiness, good and evil, fate and free will.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: Discourses by Epictitus
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Yet the stress on endurance, self-restraint and the power of the will to withstand calamity can often seem coldhearted. It is Epictetus, a lame former slave exiled by the Emperor Domitian, who offers by far the most positive and humane version of Stoic ideals. The Discourses, assembled by his pupil Arrian, catch him in action, publicly setting out his views on ethical dilemmas. Committed to communicating with the widest possible audience, Epictetus uses humor, imaginary conversations and homely comparisons to put his message across. The result is a perfect summary of 'the Roman virtues' —the brotherhood of man, universal justice, calm indifference in the face pain—which have proved so influential throughout Western history.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: Ecclesiastical History of the English People by St. Bede
Price: 19.95

This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation to reunite with old friends in a fresh new format. From Shakespeare’s finesse to Oscar Wilde’s wit, this unique collection brings together works as diverse and influential as The Pilgrim’s Progress and Othello. As an anthology that invites readers to immerse themselves in the masterpieces of the literary giants, it is must-have addition to any library.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: Enneads by Plotinus
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Regarded as the founder of Neo-Platonism, Plotinus (AD 204 70) was the last great philosopher of antiquity, producing 0works that proved in many ways a precursor to Renaissance thought. Plotinus was convinced of the existence of a state of supreme perfection and argued powerfully that it was necessary to guide the human soul towards this state. Here he outlines his compelling belief in three increasingly perfect levels of existence the Soul, the Intellect, and the One and explains his conviction that humanity must strive to draw the soul towards spiritual transcendence. A fusion of Platonism, mystic passion and Aristotelian thought, The Enneads offers a highly original synthesis of early philosophical and religious beliefs, which powerfully influenced later Christian and Islamic theology.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: Little Flowers of Saint Francis
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A book that captures the spirit of St. Francis like no other, this is a collection of the most charming tales of the Poor One of Assisi--his sermon to the birds, the story of the wolf of Gubbio, the exploits of Brother Giles and Brother Juniper, and more.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
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Written by an anonymous fourteenth-century poet, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is recognized as an equal to Chaucer’s masterworks and to the great Old English poems, Beowulf included. A green-skinned knight offers the Knights of the Round Table a simple but deadly challenge—a challenge taken on by the brave Sir Gawain. A challenge that will force him to choose between his honor and his life...
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: Ptolemy's Almagest
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Ptolemy's Almegest is one of the most influential scientific works in history. A masterpiece of technical exposition, it was the basic textbook of astronomy for more than a thousand years, and still is the main source for our knowledge of ancient astronomy.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: Confessions by Saint Augustine
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"You called and cried out loud and shattered my deafness. You were radiant and resplendent, you put to flight my blindness. You were fragrant, and I drew in my breath and now pant after you. I tasted you, and I feel but hunger and thirst for you. You touched me, and I am set on fire to attain the peace which is yours." In this new translation, the brilliant and impassioned descriptions of Augustine's colorful early life are conveyed to the English reader wit accuracy and art. This book is a masterpice beyond classification.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: The Divine Comedy by Dante
Price: 26.95

"Through me the way into the suffering city, Through me the way to the eternal pain, Through me the way that runs among the lost. Justice urged on my high artificer; My maker was divine authority, The highest wisdom, and the primal love. Before me nothing but eternal things were made, And I endure eternally. Abandon every hope, ye who enter here." Written by Dante Alighieri in 1306 - 21. The time setting when the book begins is in 1300, so he uses his knowledge of the present to "predict" events. It is divided into 3 sections: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Each one of these sections is divided into 33 cantos (except Inferno, which has 34 cantos), which are written in tercets (groups of 3 lines). The number 3 in Dante's time was significant because it was considered holy--since the Father (God), Son (Jesus), and Holy Ghost comprise the Trinity.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: Moses Maimonides: The Guide for the Perplexed
Price: 19.95

Great classic of medieval Judaism, major attempt to reconcile revealed religion — Pentateuch, commentaries — and Aristotelian philosophy. Enormously important in all Western thought. Includes Life of Maimonides, analysis of The Guide, indexes of quotations from Scripture, Talmud. Unabridged Friedlander translation. 50-page introduction. "...a great influence on Jewish and Christian scholasticism." — Jewish Civic Press.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: Two Lives of Charlemagne
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Here then you have a book which perpetuates the memory of the greatest and most distinguished of men. Einhard's Life of Charlemagne is an absorbing chronicle of one of the most powerful and dynamic of all medieval rulers, written by a close friend and adviser. In elegant prose it describes Charlemagne's personal life, details his achievements in reviving learning and the arts, recounts his military successes, and depicts one of the defining moments in European history: Charlemagne's coronation as emperor in Rome on Christmas Day 800. By contrast, Notker's account, written some decades after Charlemagne's death, is a collection of anecdotes rather than a presentation of historical facts. In these stories, which merge into fiction, Charlemagne is already half way to becoming the legendary figure of later medieval epics. Lewis Thorpe's introduction offers a comparison of the two biographies and examines Charlemagne's influence on the development of Europe.
ANCIENT ROMAN YEAR: The Holy Qur'an with English Translation and Commentary
Price: 36.95

The Quran, believed by Muslims to be the word of God, was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad 1,400 years ago. It is the supreme authority of all Islamic teaching; it is a sacred text and book of guidance, that sets out the creed, rituals, ethics, and laws of the Islamic religion. It has been one of the most influential books in history. Recognized as the greatest literary masterpiece in Arabic, it has nevertheless remained difficult to understand in its English translations. This new translation is written in a contemporary idiom that remains faithful to the original, making it easy to read while retaining its powerful eloquence.
   
 
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