Great Books of the Western World: Vol. 5 of 54
The Plays of: Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes
Until lately the West has regarded it as self-evident that the road to education lay through great books (that is, a "liberal" education in the classical sense). No man was educated unless he was acquainted with the masterpieces of his tradition. There never was very much doubt in anybody's mind about which the masterpieces were. They were books that had endured and that the common voice of mankind called the finest creations, of the Western mind. In the course of histoy, from epoch to epoch, new books have been written that have won their place in the list. Books once thought entitled to belong to it have been superseded; and htis process of change will continue as long as men can think and write. It is the task of every generation to reassess the tradition in which it lives, to discard what it cannot use, and to bring into context with the distant and immediate past the most recent contributions to the Great Conversation. This set of books is the result of an attempt to reappraise and re-embody the tradition of hte West for our generation.