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The Essential Classics Course


Our Most Popular Greco-Roman Literature Offering in an Exciting New Format!

Backed by Popular Demand, our Essential Classics Course has embraced the digital revolution and has been converted into E-book Format. With added Extra-Materials, and a more in-depth curriculum than ever before!

The Essential Classics Course in a Brand NEW Format

The Essential Classics Course is one of our most popular offerings, widely studied and adopted by students and teachers, across universities and other educational institutions.

Previously available exclusively for academics and students, we are now offering it to Everyone!

The Essential Classics Course has undergone a transformation of its own with a brand new E-book format that makes it more accessible than ever before!

However, the e-book is only the tip of the metaphorical iceberg when it comes to our new and improved Essential Classics Course. The course now comes complete with additional Extra-Materials, improved Curriculum and Regular Updates provided to course candidates, in an affordably priced package.

The Essential Classics Course has been a hit, not only with students and educators but also across all demographics of the population, with history Enthusiasts, Seniors, and Fans of Greco-Roman literature calling it a ‘gem’ and a ‘beautiful book’.

At Classical Wisdom, our commitment to spreading the joy of these treasured classics remains paramount, which is why we incorporated all the feedback from our valued patrons to create a digital version of the book that is more approachable and easily available.

We hope the e-book version, combined with comprehensive add-ons, learning materials, and ever-evolving course curriculum garners the same amount of appreciation and admiration as our traditional offering.

About the Traditional Classics Course

Here is a little refresher of our Essential Classics Course in case you aren’t familiar with it.

Compiled and created by our dedicated team of classicists, the course offering covers the most important works of literature from the classical world.

From Homer to Marcus Aurelius, we’ve got a little something for everyone who appreciates ancient literature.

The first edition of the Essential Classics Course had our popular, informative Textbook serve as the foundation. With add ons such as discussion points, reading selections, assessment recommendations, and extra materials built around it, we were able to create a resource that found merit in universities, educational institutions, and among educators and students.

The Essential Classic Course serves as a curriculum built for high school seniors and university freshmen, but at its core, it’s a wonderful opportunity for any educational institution to introduce the wonderful world of Greco-Roman Literature in the form of a course offering.

Of course, that’s not to say that any history enthusiast cannot derive wisdom from it!
What’s Included in the Package

The Essential Classics has everything for a strong foundation in the Classics. But our new and improved course also includes:

  • The ever-popular ‘The Essential Classics’ converted into an e-book format with maps, introductions, and biographies, still providing incredible value and a sea of knowledge
  • An extensive curriculum that covers poets, the tragedians, the historians as well as the philosophers from Greco-Roman Literature
  • Full access to the additional course materials, that allows students to easily comprehend the course, and allows educators to adapt it to a classroom setting.


But wait, there’s more!

As a commitment to our philosophy of continuous improvement and learning, the New Format of the Essential Classics Course will provide those who purchase the course, with the unprecedented benefit of timely and steady updates to the course materials as and when we release them!

The Essentials Classic Course in the Classroom

The New Format

Feedback is exceptionally important to us at Classical Wisdom. After careful consideration, deliberation, and conversations with our patrons which include students and teachers, we decided to adapt the Essential Classics Course into a format that fits the modern classroom.

The advent of E-learning amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic, only reiterated our belief in the fact the course was ripe for transformation. The E-book format was created to make it convenient for students to access, and for teachers to further engage the new generation of students.

We are proud to create a format fit for the digital age, built around a proven and appreciated curriculum.

For Students

The Course is an excellent gateway into the ancient world for the entirely uninitiated. It is also a helpful refresher course for those coming back to the Classics after a long hiatus.

The wide encompassing course, with excerpts from 32 different ancient sources in total, is also a good chance for any budding classicist to fill in some gaps in their knowledge. Any student with a general interest in philosophy, history, theatre, poetry, or literature would find the course an absolute delight!

For Educators

From the perspective of the teacher/tutor/professor, this syllabus has the dual advantages of being both oven-ready and entirely flexible.

We take pride in the fact that we have managed to essentially create a plug and play offering!

It is designed so that any teacher can pick up this syllabus, get familiar with it in no time, and be able to go into class and start covering the material.

Why the New Format?

More Accessible

The e-book version allows for exceptionally easy access to ‘The Essential Classics’ textbook for students and educators alike. Our aim was to create an offering that was even more engaging and adaptable to the modern classroom, then our previous physical copy of the textbook.


By saving on printing costs, and digitizing all aspects of the course, we are able to offer it a much more approachable price point. One of the major points of deliberation when it comes to the old version of the course was the price point.

Focused on Additional Materials

The feedback we received indicated wide acclaim for the additional materials and extras we provide such as discussion points, reading selections, assessment recommendations. The new format of the course is more focused than ever before on these elements, with the goal of making Greco-Roman literature easier to understand for students!

Regular and Steady Updates

We are always working to further improve our course offering. The new digital format allows us to do this in an effective and efficient manner! Buyers of the course will gain access to regular updates as and when we release them.

About Us

Classical Wisdom is an independent online publisher located in Ireland.

We are passionate folks dedicated to promoting and preserving the classics. Co-founded in 2012 by Anya Leonard and Bill Bonner, our initial mission was to find a sustainable way to continue the critical translations of the remaining unestablished ancient texts for the prestigious French publishing house, Les Belles Lettres.

Since then our goals have expanded to providing resources for the classics community and spreading the joy of exploring the lost annals of history.

The Essential Classics Course Syllabus

The NEW Format still stays true to the original course offering in terms of what’s a part of the course syllabus. Topics covered include:


    • Important selections from the epic Poet, Homer, including the revenge of Achilles as he stalks the plains of Troy within The Iliad, the trials of Odysseus as he faces down monsters, witches, and gods in pursuit of his homecoming within the epic, The Odyssey


    • The three Tragedians: Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, thought provoking moments from their prize-winning plays such as Oedipus Rex, Agamemnon, Medea, and more, all originally performed at the height of classical theater in ancient Athens


    • The great philosopher Plato’s most essential dialogues and writings, from his description of the Philosopher King to his theories on Atlantis


    • Stoic Philosophy, a perspective on living life with less stress and more meaning, with writings from Epictetus and the great Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius


    • Ancient Greek and Roman Historians, primary source materials that shed light on life 2,000 years ago as well as the wars and political strife that rocked the classical world and brought empires to their knees


From the epic stories of Homer to the philosophical insights of Marcus Aurelius, The Essential Classics is one thousand years of Greek and Roman literature. It is a treasure trove of familiar masterworks by such visionaries as Sophocles, Aristotle, and Cicero.

Compiled and annotated by the prestigious publishing French publishing house, Les Belles Lettres, The Essential Classics includes biographical sketches which reveal the colorful lives of each author and lucid commentaries that guide the reader through the intricacies of the texts.

This collection further preserves the translations made by prominent American and British scholars now considered classic works in their own right. The volume also contains three maps, a chronological chart of the ancient world, and a table of Greek gods and their Roman equivalents.

The Essential Classics covers the greatest Ancient Greek and Latin texts all compiled in one convenient location. The anthology is perfectly complimented with the curriculum and additional materials resulting in an inspiring and thoughtful course.

Reviews & Testimonials

The Essential Classics Course has struck a chord with people all across the world! But don’t just take our word for it! Here’s what they are saying!

“I enjoyed the course immensely and found it most intellectually thought-provoking and enlightening. Many thanks to you for offering such an educational and stimulating experience.” – Steven Sklifas, Citizen of the World

“Essential Classics is a gem. Beautiful book, beautifully edited.” – Stephanie Kubiak, Long Island, New York

“Essential Classics” is a beautiful book, in every sense. The first thing one notices about this book is its exceptionally fine feel. The volume is published on heavy stock, acid-free paper and in a binding that will last forever, or at least until the end of the world. Long enough for our mortal purposes, I suppose. The tomes on the shelves of the Great Library at Alexandria should have been as well crafted.” – Byron King, Philadelphia, PA

“The Essential Classics is the perfect gateway course to a life of learning and understanding the foundational lessons of western society. It would be impossible to overstate its importance.” – Joel Bowman, Houston, Texas

Buy it Now

The digital Format of the Essential Classics Course is available at an UNBELIEVABLE price of only $69.99.

NOW ON SALE: Start the Essential Classics Course for only $49.99!

With the massive value it provides, and the promise of Regular Updates, this price point for the Essential Classics Course is an absolute NO-BRAINER!


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