Recommended Reading


The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What it Means to Be an Educated Human Being,
Anthology Edited by Richard M. Gamble

Gamble’s text is one of best, most comprehensive primary source anthologies for classical Christian educators.  Simply take the primary texts here and read any of them in their entirety and this will provide a solid introduction or enrichment to your understanding of classical Christian education.  A few of the texts from this collection are mentioned separately below.

Humanist Educational Treatises, Translated by Criag W. Kallendorf
Of Education, John Milton
Against the Sophists, Isocrates
The Republic, Plato
Politics, Aristotle
The Orator, Cicero
On Christian Doctrine, Augustine
Institutes, Quintilian
Christ the Educator, Clement of Alexandria
Didascalicon, Hugh of St. Victor
The Journey into the Mind of God, Bonaventure
On Education of Children, Erasmus
The Academies and the Relation between Philosophy and Eloquence, Giambattista Vico
The Idea of a University, John Henry Newman
The Theory of Education in the United States, Albert Jay Nock
On the Reading of Old Books, C.S. Lewis
On Classical Studies, Eric Voegelin




Lost Tools of Learning, Dorothy Sayers
Seven Laws of Teaching, John Milton Gregory
Wisdom and Eloquence, Robert Littlejohn, Chuck Evans
The Well Trained Mind, Susan Wise Bauer
A Thomas Jefferson Education, Oliver Van DeMille
The Closing of the American Mind, Alan Bloom
Classical Education: The Movement Sweeping America, Gene Veith, Andrew Kern
From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics, Louis Markos
The Art of Teaching, Gilbert Highet
Anything by Mortimer Adler
Invitation to the Classics, Os Guinness, Louise Cowan
The Great Books: A Journey through 2,500 Years of the West’s Classic Literature, Anthony O’Hear


Norms and Nobility, David Hicks
Poetic Knowledge, James Taylor
Tending the Heart of Virtue, Vigen Guroian
Orators and Philosophers, Bruce Kimball
The Envy of Angels, C. Stephen Jaeger
Building the Christian Academy, Arthur Holmes
The Paideia Proposal, Mortimer Adler
Paideia, Werner Jaeger
Education in Antiquity, H.I. Marrou
The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis
Climbing Parnassus, Tracy Lee Simmons
The Grammar of Our Civility; Classical Education in America, Lee T. Pearcy
Begin Here, Jacques Barzun
Teacher in America, Jacques Barzun
The Trivium: The Liberal Arts of Logic, Grammar, and Rhetoric, Sister Miriam Joseph
Vittorino da Feltre and other Humanist Educators, W.H. Woodard