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Cristina (Sunday, 05 April 2015 03:35)
I just wanted to say thank you for all the hard work you've put into the lists.
I am interested in furthering my knowledge of world cultures, history and have a better liberal education in general, and your list of 36 will be my starting point. Hopefully getting into the 150 one
mohsin (Thursday, 19 June 2014 14:29)
I just read your article - http://lawpark.jimdo.com/2013/01/12/how-did-the-age-of-revolutions-from-1750-to-1850-alter-the-relations-between-the-parts-of-the-world-from-asia-to-the-americas/
can you kindly share the original lecture notes - from where you synthesized all this information.
Brilliant effort by the way and many thanks :)
Grace Malave (Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:25)
Hello I think you have an interesting canonical criteria and would like to reference this website. However, I keep reading "I" with no mention of name. May I reference you?
Jeremy (Thursday, 26 December 2013 14:24)
Hey this is just the type of list I've been looking for! Thanks for compiling it and making it available! You're not on goodreads, are you? :-)
J Kaw (Thursday, 21 March 2013 07:50)
Typo: "noted" was supposed to be "noticed."
I noted that Sophocles's Theban plays are listed on the "Western" page but not the overall list of 150.
M. mm. (Monday, 19 December 2011 15:07)
I find your list confusing; i have been reading through it and there are a number of things i don't understand.
What does European mean, exactly? What made you come to the conclusion that there is a European civilization who's best representatives are Kant, Marx and Shakespeare?
I seems so random: You could replace Kant with Descartes, Marx with Mill and Shakespeare with Flaubert.
Also i think i know why you have a problem seeing a foundational book for European civilisation.
Such a book would be philosophical like Bacon's Organum and Aquinas's Summa Theologica or a shared mythological past like those found in Arthurian romances.
Personally i would make this list:
Chrétien de Troyes - Five Arthurian romances.
Edward Gibbon - Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Thomas Aquinas - Summa Theologica
René Descartes - Meditations
William Shakespear - King Lear
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