The Western Canon – A Work in Progress

This is my work-in-progress chart for Dr. Harold Bloom’s The Western Canon. I will add a few books at the end of the chart, but they will be clearly marked. I am creating this chart as I did not find an easy-to-use way of keeping track of how many I have bought. I am transcribing at present, and so more titles will be added as I finish them. Right now, the order is as it is in the book — roughly —, but I will change it to time-based order when I finish.

Note: Owned column has a few symbols. + is for translated material (except facing page translations if I speak the original language). O is for original language texts. X is for those which I have completed. Links will be provided to any relevant posts. Just for self-love, I may combine those (XO means I would have completed in the original language, and X+ means I would have completed by translation), but I have yet to decide.

I am fiddling with the presentation, for this I apologise.

TitleDateOwnedO. TongueAuthor
Gilgamesh2000 BCEXSumerianFolk
Egyptian Book of the Dead1550 BCEEgyptianFolk
Holy Bible (King James Version)400 BCEXHebrew, Biblical/Greek, KoineFolk
The Apocrypha200 CEVariousFolk
Sayings of the Fathers (Pirke Aboth)200 CEHebrewFolk
Mahabharata520 BCESanskritVanyasa
Bhagavad-Gita400 BCESanskritVanyasa
Ramayana499 BCESanskritValmiki
Iliad (Homer)899 BCEXGreek, Ionian/Aeolic ‘Epic’Homer
Odyssey (Homer)899 BCEXGreek, Ionian/Aeolic ‘Epic’Homer
Works and Days (Hesiod)700 BCEGreek, ‘Epic’Hesiod
Theogony (Hesiod)730 BCEGreek, ‘Epic’Hesiod
Works of Archilochos680 BCEGreek, AncientArchilochos
Works of Sappho630 BCEXGreek, Ancient ‘Aeolic’Sappho
Works of Alkman650 BCEGreek, Ancient ‘Doric’Alkman
Odes (Pindar)498 BCEGreek, Ancient ‘Doric’ (mainly)Pindar
Oresteia458 BCEGreek, AncientAeschylus
Seven Against ThebesGreek, AncientAeschylus
Prometheus Bound  Greek, AncientAeschylus
Persians  Greek, AncientAeschylus
Suppliant Women  Greek, AncientAeschylus
Oedipus the King  Greek, AncientSophocles
Oedipus at Colonus  Greek, AncientSophocles
Antigone  Greek, AncientSophocles
Electra  Greek, AncientSophocles
Ajax  Greek, AncientSophocles
Women of Trachis  Greek, AncientSophocles
Philoctetes  Greek, AncientSophocles
Cyclops    Greek, AncientEuripides
Heracles  Greek, AncientEuripides
Alcestis  Greek, AncientEuripides
Hecuba  Greek, AncientEuripides
Bacche  Greek, AncientEuripides
Orestes  Greek, AncientEuripides
Andromache  Greek, AncientEuripides
Medea  Greek, AncientEuripides
Ion  Greek, AncientEuripides
Hippolytus  Greek, AncientEuripides
Helen  Greek, AncientEuripides
Iphigenia at Aulis  Greek, AncientEuripides
Birds, The  Greek, AncientAristophanes
Clouds, The  Greek, AncientAristophanes
Frogs, The  Greek, AncientAristophanes
Knights, The  Greek, AncientAristophanes
Wasps, The  Greek, AncientAristophanes
Assemblywomen, The  Greek, AncientAristophanes
Histories, The  Greek, AncientHerodotus
Peloponnesian War, The  Greek, AncientThucydides
Surviving Works  Greek, AncientHeraclitus
Surviving Works  Greek, AncientEmpedocles
Dialogues  Greek, AncientPlato
Poetics  Greek, AncientAristotle
Ethics  Greek, AncientAristotle
Girl from Samos, The  Greek, HellenisticMenander
On the Sublime  Greek, Hellenistic“Longinus”
Hymns  Greek, HellenisticCallimachus
Epigrams  Greek, HellenisticCallimachus
Idylls  Greek, HellenisticTheocritus
Lives  Greek, HellenisticPlutarch
Moralia  Greek, HellenisticPlutarch
Fables  Greek, Hellenistic“Aesop”
Satires  Greek, HellenisticLucian
Pseudolus  LatinPlautus
Braggart Soldier, The  LatinPlautus
Rope, The  LatinPlautus
Amphitryon  LatinPlautus
Girl from Andros, The  LatinTerence
Eunuch, The  LatinTerence
Mother-in-Law, The  LatinTerence
Way Things Are, The  LatinLucretius
On The Gods  LatinCicero
Odes  LatinHorace
Epistles  LatinHorace
Satires  LatinHorace
Satires  LatinPersius
Attis (and Other Poems)  LatinCatullus
Aeneid  LatinVirgil
Eclogues  LatinVirgil
Georgics  LatinVirgil
Pharsalia  LatinLucan
Metamorphoses  LatinOvid
Art of Love, The  LatinOvid
Heroides  LatinOvid
Satires  LatinJuvenal
Epigrams  LatinMartial
Tragedies (espec. Medea/Hercules Furens)  LatinSeneca
Satyricon  LatinPetronius
Golden Ass, The  LatinApuleius
City of God*  LatinAugustine
Confessions  LatinAugustine
Koran, The  ArabicFolk
Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, The  ArabicFolk
Poetic Edda, The**  Old NorseFolk
Prose Edda, The**  Old NorseSnorri
Nibelungen Leid, The  Middle High GermanFolk
Parzival  Middle High GermanWolfram von Eschenbach
Yvain: The Knight of the Lion XFrench, OldChrétien de Troyes
Beowulf  Old English/East AnglianFolk
Poem of the Cid, The  Castillian, OldFolk
Book of the City of Ladies, The  French, OldChristine de Pisan
Prison of Love  Castillian, OldDiego de San Pedro
Divine Comedy, The  Tuscan (Old Italian…sort of…this is a socio-political issue of which I am not quite familiar)Dante
New Life, The  Tuscan/Old ItalianDante
Lyric Poems  Italian/LatinPetrarch
Selections  Italian/LatinPetrarch
Decameron, The  Florentine/Old ItalianGiovanni Boccaccio
Orlando Innamorato  Old ItalianMatteo Maria Boiardo
Orlando Furioso  Old ItalianLudovico Ariosto
Sonnets And Madrigals  Old ItalianMichelangelo Buonarroti
Prince, The  Old ItalianNiccolò Machiavelli

*Full title Dē cīvitāte Deī contrā pāgānōs (On the City of God Against the Pagans); this will be a joy to read. I await with bated disgust.

**Full confession: I always mix these up. #BadHeathen