The History of the Peloponnesian War is noted as the first attempt at an objective history.  We read of the events leading to the war, and the rise and fall of the Athenian League in the course of this war.  We study democracy, geography and the Just War.  The sovereignty of states becomes an issue.
I. book 1 – 1.2
Exordium – the greatest movement in history
II. book 1.2 – 1.24
The Archeology – relative size of the Trojan War, history of the Hellenes
III. book 1.24 – 1.89
Epidamnus – the outbreak of hostilities in unassociated colonies

Epidamnus, Corcyra, Corinth

IV. book 1.89 – 118
The Pentecontaetia
V. book 118 – 1.146

The causes of war between the Greek powers

VI. book2-book5.24

The ‘Archidamean’ or ‘ten year’ war.  Following the battle of Amphipolis (422 BC), a ‘fifty year treaty’ of alliance between Sparta and Athens is established.

VII. book 5.24 – book 5.116

The so-called Peace of Nicias is concluded.

VIII. book 6 – 6.105

Alcibiades convinces the Athenians to invade Sicily.

IX. book7

Sparta enters the campaign in Sicily in earnest – The Decelean War phase begins.

X. book 8

Recounting the events of 413 to 411, the book ends suddenly, leading us to think that Thucydides died before he could finish his work.

Link to Peloponnesian Timeline

Veritas Press Reading List

Ancient Omnibus I


Omnibus I Text with Teacher CD-ROM
• Gilgamesh
• The Codes of Hammurabi and Moses
The Odyssey
• The Landmark Herodotus
• Oresteia Trilogy
• Plutarch`s Lives Vol. 1
• The Theban Trilogy
• The Last Days of Socrates
• Early History of Rome
The Aeneid
• The Twelve Caesars
• Julius Caesar

• Chosen by God
• Till We Have Faces
• The Magician’s Nephew
• The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
• The Horse and His Boy
• Prince Caspian
• The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
• The Silver Chair
• The Last Battle
• The Best Things in Life
• Unaborted Socrates
• The Eagle of the Ninth
• The Screwtape Letters
• The Holiness of God

Medieval Omnibus II


Omnibus II Text with Teacher’s CD
• Eusebius: The Church History
• Confessions
• On the Incarnation of Our Lord
• Ecclesiastical History of the English People
• The Rule of St. Benedict
• Beowulf
• The Song of Roland
History of the Kings of Britain
• Macbeth
• Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
• The Divine Comedy: Inferno
• The Canterbury Tales
• The Bondage of the Will

• The Hobbit
• The Fellowship of the Ring
• The Nine Tailors
• The Dragon and the Raven
• The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
• A Midsummer Night’s Dream
• Winning His Spurs
• The Two Towers
• Henry V
• Richard III
• The Return of the King

Modern Omnibus III


Omnibus III Text with Teacher CD-ROM

• The Westminster Confession of Faith
• The Pilgrim’s Progress
• Of Plymouth Plantation
• The Social Contract
• The Federalist Papers
• The Anti-Federalist Papers
• A Tale of Two Cities
• Reflections on the Revolution in France
• Uncle Tom’s Cabin
• Abraham Lincoln: Speeches and Writings
• The Communist Manifesto
• The Great Gatsby
• Mein Kampf
• 1984


• The New Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
• Frankenstein
• Pride and Prejudice
• Gulliver’s Travels
• Benjamin Franklin: The Autobiography
• The Autobiography of Charles G. Finney
• The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
• Little Women
• The Killer Angels
• Christianity and Liberalism
• Old Man and the Sea
• Animal Farm
• Death of a Salesman
• Postmodern Times
• How Should We Then Live?

Ancient Omnibus IV


The Iliad
• Landmark Thucydides
• The Bacchae and Other Plays
• Lysistra and Other Plays
• The Republic – Plato
• Introduction to Aristotle
• The New Oxford Annotated Apocrypha
• Thirteen Books of Euclid’s Elements, Vol. 1
• The War with Hannibal
• On the Nature of Things
• Cicero
• Annals of Imperial Rome
• Eclogues and Georgics
• Metamorphoses
• Josephus
• Meditations
• The Apostolic Fathers

• Aesop’s Fables
• Death on the Nile
• Troilus and Cressida
• Augustus Caesar’s World
• Art and the Bible
• The Lost World
• Knowing God
• Antony and Cleopatra
• Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
• Phantastes
• Mythology
• Plutarch’s Lives Vol. 2
• Desiring God

Medieval Omnibus V


• The City of God
• Consolation of Philosophy
• William of Malmesbury’s Chronicle of the Kings
• Two Lives of Charlemagne
• Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas
• Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise
• The Lives of Thomas Becket
• Canterbury Tales
• The Prince
• The Praise of Folly
• Martin Luther: Selections from His Writings
• St. Matthew`s Passion CD Set
• Fierce Wars and Faithful Loves
Romeo and Juliet


• Saga of the Volsungs
• The Koran
• Le Morte D`Arthur
• Idylls of the King
• A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur`s Court
• St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Francis of Assissi
• The Great Divorce
• Name of the Rose
• The Decameron
• A Distant Mirror
• The Travels of Marco Polo
• Othello
• Here I Stand
• Heidelberg Catechism
• George Herbert: The complete English Poems
• Don Quixote
• Tartuffe

Modern Omnibus VI


Omnibus VI Text with Teacher CD-ROM
• Paradise Lost
• Robinson Crusoe
• Leviathan
• Pensees
• Emma
• Portable Enlightenment Reader
• Wealth of Nations
• Origin and Principles of the American Revolution
• Moby Dick
• Democracy in America
• Huckleberry Finn
• Notes from Underground
• Battle Cry of Freedom
• Beyond Good and Evil
• All Quiet on the Western Front
• The Sun Also Rises
• Citizen Soldiers
• One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
• The Stranger
• I Have a Dream & Letter from a Birmingham Jail
• Brave New World


• On Christian Doctrine
• Out of the Silent Planet
• Perelandra
• Hamlet
• Common Sense
• John Adams
• Red Badge of Courage
• Self-Reliance
• Civil Disobedience
• Leaves of Grass
• Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
• The Picture of Dorian Gray
• Interpretation of Dreams
• The Guns of August
• That Hideous Strength
• Heart of Darkness
• The Jungle
• 50 Great Short Stories
• Poetry of T.S. Eliot

Western Civilization

What is Europe? What is Western Civilization? Some matter for thought here.

Find Episode 1 of Kenneth Clark’s ‘Civilization’ here.

Whether we understand the genesis of Western Civilization as begun with the Greeks or the Church, we have an idea of what it is and is not.  Enemies of Western Civilization still exist as they have throughout the history of our culture.  Oddly, many of them were raised in the privilege of the western experience, proving the axiom that “civilizations are conquered from within long before they succumb to the enemies from without”.

The Triumph of the West