It's the Greek Classics Challenge!

I'm going to try hosting my own challenge here at Howling Frog Books, and I'd like to invite you all to join me in reading the classics of ancient Greek literature.

Here are the rules:
  1. Challenge runs from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012. It doesn't count if you start reading before the 1st! Join at any time during the year, but have your reviews in by December 31.
  2. Books may count towards other challenges.
  3. Write a sign-up post at your blog. Choose a challenge level, but be modest; you can go up a level, but you can't go down. You may post a list of titles you plan to read, or choose as you go along.
  4. Link to your sign-up post (not your blog) at the linky, and grab my lovely owl badge to post on your blog. Be sure to link back here, and tell your friends!
  5. Every month, I'll post about what I'm reading, you can link to your posts, and we can discuss.
  6. Read read read!
There will be three challenge levels:
  • Sophocles: read 1-4 works
  • Hesiod: read 5-7 works
  • Herotodus: read 8-10 works
  • Thucydides: read 11+ works
Sign up HERE at the challenge homepage, and watch for monthly posts on my progress through Greek literature. I'm aiming for 12 works, which are not all chosen yet, but at the least I want to read the following:

  1. Aeschylus' Oresteia
  2. Sophocles' Oedipus cycle
  3. One or two plays of Euripedes
  4. Aristophanes' The Frogs or another play
  5. Hesiod's Works and Days and Theogony
  6. Herodotus' Histories
  7. Something by Plato
  8. Something by Aristotle
Some of these are re-reads of works I read in college, but nothing that I've read very recently. I might include the Odyssey, but I have read it since college, so maybe I ought to do more that I've never read before. I'm looking forward to expanding my knowledge of the ancient Greeks, and hope you'll enjoy it too.


  1. I'm in, and all signed up! Thanks so much for setting this up, and I think it'll be great fun sharing our reading experiences! I'm really looking forward to getting started! Cheers! Chris

  2. I'm all signed up! What a great challenge!

  3. Welcome everyone! I hope we'll have a good time and I'm excited to have some response.

  4. I'm signed up! Thanks for hosting this. It'll be a great incentive. :-)

  5. I haven't been reading classics for a while, but I found your challenge via JNCL and it sounds great, I'm in! (Nice button, BTW)


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