ABOUT GREAT BOOKS EDUCATION
Most university classes assign textbooks - secondary sources that give a general overview of the subject. There are no textbooks at the Millis Institute. In our classes, you get to read the great books for yourself.
Why read a textbook about Greek philosophy when you could be studying the works of Plato and Aristotle themselves? Why dabble in anthologies of poems when you could be sending whole semesters immersed in the literature of Homer, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, and Milton? Why listen to lectures about modern thought when you could be reading Darwin, Nietzsche, and Freud for yourself, and making up your own mind about their challenging ideas? Why read a textbook on theology when you could be grappling with the greatest Christian books ever written – books like Augustine's Confessions and Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica? And if that's not enough, you can also study Greek and Latin so that you can begin to encounter classic authors in their original languages.
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