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  • The Iliad or The Odyssey by Homer (all of one or both)

    Votes: 22 64.7%
  • Any play by Aeschylus, Sophocles, or Euripides that was not part of the Oedipus Rex cycle

    Votes: 11 32.4%
  • Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus and/or Antigone by Sophocles

    Votes: 12 35.3%
  • Any play by Aristophanes or Plautus

    Votes: 5 14.7%
  • Anything by Herodotus or Thucydides

    Votes: 5 14.7%
  • At least one whole dialogue by Plato

    Votes: 23 67.6%
  • Any Aristotle

    Votes: 18 52.9%
  • Anything by Sappho or Hesiod

    Votes: 8 23.5%
  • Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

    Votes: 5 14.7%
  • The Aeneid by Vergil

    Votes: 7 20.6%
  • Anything by Cicero

    Votes: 6 17.6%
  • Anything by Plutarch, Tacitus or Suetonius

    Votes: 4 11.8%
  • Anything by Apuleius or Petronius

    Votes: 1 2.9%
  • Anything by Ovid or Catullus

    Votes: 7 20.6%
  • Anything by Horace or Juvenal

    Votes: 2 5.9%
  • Other philosophical text

    Votes: 19 55.9%
  • Other historical text

    Votes: 12 35.3%
  • Other poetic work

    Votes: 12 35.3%
  • Other play

    Votes: 11 32.4%
  • Other work (medical, mathematical, or just another literary genre)

    Votes: 14 41.2%
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My goal in this is to see how many of y'all are acquainted with classics. And by classics I mean the works of Ancient Greece and Rome.

I'm a classics major, so I'm kind of an outlier and my results are irrelevant and completely expected. But I'm actually not a very well-read classics major, to be quite honest, in comparison to others.

I've never read - the entire Odyssey, nor anything by Euripides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Aristotle, Suetonius, or Apuleius.

Sorry if this seems a little haphazard, but I was genuinely curious about this. Is this something that really very few people have ever encountered or do more people than I assume read works from the classical past?
 

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I've encountered philosophical stuff in martial arts movies and text.

Just look at my sig, its by bruce lee.

I always preferred asian philosophy.
 

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Does it make me sound snobby to admit I've read most of those? I'm a history Ph.D. student after all...

And I hate Cicero. Hate him. Major hate.

Have a nice day,
Kelly :)
 

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I rarely read books but when I do they're usually sci-fi.
 

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I wish I'd had a chance to study Greek and Latin at school. I've read a few things in translation, mainly so that I can say I have, but I didn't inhale...er, I mean, enjoy it, or remember it :/ Drat, I didn't see Catullus on the list - I love his poetry, and Sappho's too, but the rest, not so much fun.
 

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I probably read a tiny bit of a few of them in high school. Literature/English/languages rank VERY low on my list of academic interests. I did all I could to avoid having to read any literature in HS. In college the only English class I took was Business Writing -- and only because it was required for all business major. I also never took any history courses in college -- they are way down on my list of interests too.

Of course, I bet very few of you took advanced investment finance as I did.
 

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I really like what I've read of Plato, and some of Ovid's Metamorphoses - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metamorphoses

I wish they had taught at least half a year of various readings from the Greeks and Romans in high school, instead of just focusing on the Odyssey, or Edith Hamilton's versions of the myths. But maybe the originals were just too racy (eg Ovid). :)
 

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Does it make me sound snobby to admit I've read most of those? I'm a history Ph.D. student after all...

And I hate Cicero. Hate him. Major hate.

Have a nice day,
Kelly :)
I love Cicero. I used to hate him, because of the complicated grammar he loves to throw about, but I've recently started appreciating how well he writes and how cleverly he phrases things. He's one of the few authors I listed that I've never read in translation, I couldn't really imagine it.

Might I ask why you hate him?
 

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I haven't read any classics. The only Latin thing I'm acquainted with is my grade 11 Latin textbook. Here it is a sample for amusement purposes:



For whatever reason, I remember nothing of my first year university Latin class. Not enough pictures, I suppose.
 

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I’ve read all of Ion, which just happens to be the shortest of Plato’s dialogues. :blank
 
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