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The following is an excerpt from Volume I of Outline of Great Books. This book contains brief summaries and selections from the work of the greatest historians and philosophers that have existed through the ages.

Outline of Great Books Volume I

Summary of the history of Herodotus
Who is Cambyses
King Darius of Persia
The Greek and Persian War
Who was Thucydides
Pericles of Athens
Thucydides history of the Peloponnesian war
Demosthenes: The Peloponnesian Wars
The Peloponnesian War: Sparta vs. Athens
Ancient Greek history from Xenophon
Artaxerxes I
Greece: Ancient history
Ancient Sparta and Athens
The rise of Alexander the Great
The Catiline conspiracy as recorded by Sallust
The history of the Gallic War: commentary by Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar biography
The history of Flavius Josephus
The history of Antiochus: from Flavius Josephus
Judas Maccabaeus history
The history of the Jews and Romans
The history of King Herod
History from the Annals of Cornelius Tacitus
The fall of the Roman Emperor Tiberius
Nero: Roman Emperor
The fall of the Temple in Jerusalem: Flavius Josephus
The history of ancient Jerusalem: The Fall of the Temple to the Romans
The work of William Edward Hartpole Lecky
The history of ancient Rome
Christianity in ancient Rome
The history of Christianity: From Constantine to Charlemagne
Women in early Christianity
History of the Norman conquest of England
King Harold of England biography
William the conqueror of England
History of the Norman invasion of England
October 14, 1066: The Battle of Hastings
Jean Froissart and his Chronicle of England
Chronicles of England: Jean Froissart
The history of Edward Gibbon
Selection from The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
The decline and fall of Rome
How did Rome Fall
The last roman emperor
Early Christian Church history
The persecution of Christians in rome
Constantine and the rise of Christianity
Theodoric the Great biography
Justinian the Great
Rome at the time of Gregory the Great
The rule of Charlemagne
The history of Arabia
The history of Muhammed the Prophet
The early growth of Islam
The spread of Islam after Muhammed
The decline of the Arabian empire
The rise of the Holy Roman Empire
History of Constantinople: Latin rulers
History of the Middle ages: John Palaeologus to Constantine
The great siege of Constantinople
History of the Frankish empire
History of the Hundred Years War
Papal supremacy in the middle ages
History of England in the Middle Ages
The work of William Hickling Prescott
History of the Aztecs
Information on Hernando Cortes
Hernando Cortes and Montezuma
History of Hernando Cortes
The Spanish conquest of Mexico led by Cortes
The early voyages of Francisco Pizarro
Conquest of the Incas
Gonzalo Pizarro biography
The historical writing of Raphael Holinshed
King Richard the lion hearted
Queen Elizabeth I biography
The historical work of John Lothrop Motley
King Phillip II: rule over the Netherlands
Selections from the The Rise of the Dutch Republic
History of the Duke of Alva
The union of Holland under Prince William of Orange
Life in Tudor England
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and the Church reformation of England
King Henry VIII biography
The Protestant Reformation in England
The duke of somerset
History of Queen Mary I of England
Causes of the Civil War in England
History of the English Civil War
Lord Macaulay and the History of England
History of King James II of England
History of King William III of England
The history of Voltaire
The reign of Louis XIV of France
The court of King Louis XIV
The age of Louis XIV
History of King Louis XV of France
What is the Seven Years War
The later years of King Louis XV
The history of Thomas Carlyle
A selection from Thomas Carlyle's, The History of the French Revolution
Information on the French Revolution
The downfall of Mirabeau in the French Revolution
Death of King Louis XVI
French Revolution: The reign of terror
The work of historian FPG Guizot
Town life in the Middle Ages
The history of the Middle Ages: governement
Information on the Middle Ages: Reformation and Revolt
History of Medieval Europe
France in the Middle Ages
The history of Scotland in the Middle Ages
The writings of Walter Bagehot
History of English government: Constitution
The constitution of England: Walter Bagehot
Plato: The Apology
The Apology of Socrates
The trial and death of Socrates
Summary of The Republic by Plato
The philosophy of Socrates: vision of utopia
Plato's definition of justice
The Philosopher King: Socrates vision in Plato's Republic
Plato and the allegory of the cave
The philosophy of Socrates
Plato: The Symposium
The Philosophy of Plato
Famous Eulogies: Alcibades eulogizes Socrates
Aristotle: The Nicomachean Ethics
The theories of Aristotle: Morality
Aristotle and justice
Aristotle the Philosopher: Wisdom, prudence, and continence
Aristotle on friendship
The philosophy of Aristotle: happiness
Summary of The Politics by Aristotle
Aristotle theories: requirements of the state
Aristotle: Causes of revolution in politics
Epictetus: The Discourses
Ancient Roman philosophy: Discourses by Epictetus
Epictetus: Encheiridion
Emperor Marcus Aurelius: Meditations
Emperor Marcus Aurelius and Roman history
Ancient Roman philosophers: Marcus Aurelius
Boethius and the Consolation of Philosophy
The philosophy of happiness: Boethius
Boethius: Medieval philosophy
Utopia: Sir Thomas More
Utopian philosophy: Sir Thomas More
Summary of the Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Machiavelli: The end justifies the means
Who was Sir Francis Bacon
Sir Francis Bacon: The Advancement of Learning
Robert Burton philosophy
The Anatomy of Melancholy: Robert Burton
The philosophy of Hugo Grotius
Hugo Grotius: The Rights of War and Peace
Morality of War: Hugo Grotius and The Rights of War and Peace
The philosophy of Rene Descartes
Rene Descartes: Discourse on Method
Rene Descartes: 'I think therefore I am'
Leviathan: Thomas Hobbes
Thomas Hobbes on the nature of man
Enlightenment philosophy: Thomas Hobbes on Liberty
The philosophy of Baruch de Spinoza
The Ethics of Benedict de Spinoza
Information on John Locke
Philosophy of John Locke
John Locke: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
The philosophy of George Berkeley
Enlightenment thinker: George Berkeley
Jean Jacques Rousseau: The Social Contract
The Social Contract of Rousseau: On government
The philosophy of David Hume
David Hume: On Miracles
Example of a philosophic paradox: David Hume
The philosophy of Edmund Burke
Edmund Burke on Pleasure and Pain
Edmund Burke: Sublime and Beautiful
The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith
Theories of economist Adam Smith: Nature of stocks
The economics of Adam Smith
The philosophy of Immanuel Kant
Transcendental argument in philosophy: Immanuel Kant
Immanuel Kant: On God
Immanuel Kant: The Critique of Practical Reason
The ethics of Immanuel Kant
Immanuel Kant: Critique of David Hume
Immanuel Kant: The Immortality of the Soul
Philosophy of Jeremy Bentham
What is Utilitarianism
Utilitarian ethics: Jeremy Bentham
Edmund Burke on the French Revolution
Edmund Burke: Information on the French Revolution
Thomas Paine: The Rights of Man
The writing of Thomas Paine: On France and England
Thomas Paine: The Age of Reason
Thomas Paine on Religion
The philosophy of Thomas Robert Malthus
The theories of Thomas Robert Malthus
Thomas Malthus: Theory of over population
The philosophy of Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Arthur Schopenhauer: The World as Will and Idea
German philosophers: Arthur Schopenhauer
The philosophy of Samuel Taylor Coleridge
August Comte philosophy
The social philosophy of Auguste Comte
The philosophy of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
The Philosophy of Religion: Georg Hegel
The Philosophy of Thomas Carlyle
Sartor Resartus: Thomas Carlyle
Philosophy of John Stuart Mill
What is inductive reasoning: John Stuart Mill
John Stuart Mill: Principles of Political Economy
On Liberty by John Stuart Mill
Herbert Spencer and sociology
First Principles of Sociology: Herbert Spencer
John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism
The philosophy of Utilitarianism
What is Rationalism
A history of economic rationalism
Who is Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Herbert Spencer: Principles of Ethics
Philosophical constructs: Ethical egoism and altruism

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