Great Books of the Western Canon Video Series

May 11, 2020 | Watch

The Ramsay Centre is pleased to release a series of videos featuring academics discussing some of the great texts of Western Civilisation.

Texts include:
• Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
• Plato, The Apology
• Augustine, Confessions
• Machiavelli, The Prince
• Shakespeare, Macbeth
• Selections from Aristotle’s Ethics and Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae
• Nietzsche, Genealogy of Morals
• Shakespeare, The Tempest

Recommended reading

1. Oedipus Rex – The Theban Plays (trans E F Watling) Penguin
2. Plato – The Last Days of Socrates – Penguin Classics
3. Augustine – Confessions (Oxford) Trans. Henry Chadwick
4. Machiavelli – The Prince (trans. Tim Parks)
5. Shakespeare – Macbeth. Oxford
6. Online texts – Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, Bk 1 and Aquinas, On Happiness’, Summa Theologiae I-II, Qs 1-5
7. Nietzsche – Genealogy of Morals Penguin
8. Shakespeare – The Tempest  Penguin

More videos will be added to the collection over the coming months.