Charts & Graphs

Early Education

The reading list of philosopher John Stuart Mill, ages 3–7.

In Greek:

  • Aesop, The Fables
  • Xenophon, The Anabasis, Memorials of Socrates, The Cyropaedia
  • Herodotus, The Histories
  • Diogenes Laertius, some of the Lives of the Philosophers
  • Lucian, unspecified works
  • Isocrates, parts of To Demonicus and To Nicocles
  • Plato, Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Cratylus, Theaetetus

In English:

  • William Robertson, The History of America, The History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V, The History of Scotland During the Reigns of Queen Mary and of King James VI
  • David Hume, The History of England
  • Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Robert Watson, The History of the Reign of Philip II, King of Spain
  • Robert Watson and William Thomson, The History of the Reign of Philip III, King of Spain
  • Nathaniel Hooke, The Roman History, from the Building of Rome to the Ruin of the Commonwealth
  • Charles Rollin, The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Macedonians, and Grecians
  • Plutarch, Parallel Lives
  • Gilbert Burnet, Bishop Burnet’s History of His Own Time
  • The Annual Register of World Events, A Review of the Year (1758–1788)
  • John Millar, An Historical View of the English Government
  • Johann Lorenz von Mosheim, An Ecclesiastical History
  • Thomas McCrie, The Life of John Knox
  • Willem Sewel, The History of the Rise, Increase, and Progress of the Christian People Called Quakers
  • Thomas Wight and John Thomas Wight and John Rut, A History of the Rise and Progress of the People Called Quakers in Ireland
  • Philip Beaver, African Memoranda
  • David Collins, An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales
  • George Anson, A Voyage Round the World
  • David Henry, An Historical Account of All the Voyages Round the World
  • Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
  • The Arabian Nights and Arabian Tales
  • Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
  • Maria Edgeworth, Popular Tales
  • Henry Brooke, The Fool of Quality; or, The History of Henry, Earl of Moreland