I’ve decided to be less haphazard about how I write and read about the classics.
Here is the classics reading list. It’s long. It’ll probably take me a year or more to fill the gaps that I haven’t read, and also to re-read the pieces that I have read before.
I also want some excuses to write about them, in part because we all probably need some remedial education in them, given that when they are still taught, they’re taught from the perspective that all the people who wrote and cherished these stories are evil people to be loathed.
Rather than deconstructing, I’ll be reconstructing. The first commentary will be on the Oresteia of Aeschylus. Because I don’t know the classical languages and am not sure I will ever have time to do so, I’ll have to rely on translations most of the way through. The only language that I can read well enough besides English is French.
I tend to be bad at preserving most of the writing that I keep private, so this is partly also to help me be a bit more organized about how I keep my e-papers.
I’ll be mostly focusing on any one time period in the list at once, but I’m likely going to jump around when I feel like it.
If you write or have written commentary on one or many of the titles on the list, contact me, I’ll review it, and if it’s good, I’ll link out to your article.