John Stuart Mill – Early Reading List

This list is from Capaldi, “John Stuart Mill, a Biography”.

1814

(8 years old)

  • Thucydides
  • sophocles’s Electra
  • Euripides Phoenissae
  • Aristophanes PLutus and the CLouds
  • Demosthenes Philippics

Math:

  • Euclid
  • Euler’s algebra
  • Bonnycastle Algebra
  • West’s GEometry
  • Ferguson’s Roman HIstory
  • Mitford’s Grecian History
  • Livy
1815

(9 years old)

  • Homer’s Odyssey in greek
  • Theocritus
  • 2 orations of Aeschines
  • Demosthenes’ on the Crown
  • Ovid’s metamorphoses first 6 books in latin
  • livy’s bucolics (first 6 books)
  • Virgil’s Aenid (first 6 books)
  • Cicero’s Orations
  • Simpson’s Conic Sections
  • West’s Conic Sections and Spherics
  • Kersey’s Algebra
  • Newton’s Universal arithmetic
1816

(10 years old)

  • Xenophon’s hellenica
  • Sophocles Ajax and Philoctetes
  • Euripides Medea
  • Aristophanes Frogs
  • Horace’s Epodes
  • Polybios
  • Stewart’s Propositions Geometricae
  • PLayfair’s Trigonometry
  • Simpson’s Algebra
1817

(11 years old)

  • Thucydides in Greek for the 2nd time
  • Demosthenes’ Orations
  • Aristotle Rhetoric
  • Lucretius in latin
  • Cicero’s letter to Atticus, Topica and De Partitone Oratoria
  • Articles on conic sections in the Encyclopedia britannica
  • Euler’s analysis of infinities
  • Simpson’s Fluxions
  • Keill’s Astronomy
  • Robinson’s Mechanical Philosophy
  • Newton Principia Mathematica
1820 (14 years old)
  • Adam Smith , Wealth of Nations
  • David Ricardo Principles of political economy and taxation
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