The foundations of Greek literature and our earliest example of the ‘quest’ type of story. To not read these works leaves you at a disadvantage in life; there are lessons here.
Is the story of the archetypal feminist, the woman who has managed to keep alive the war of the sexes in an amusing and often bawdily sceptical work of art.
The classic Stoic text which contains the Roman Emperor’s personal philosophical thoughts; originally to be burned on his death but saved by his servant who saw the timeless value in the text.
Spenser’s epic poem did for the English Renaissance what painting and sculpture did for the Italian.
Often neglected due to bad English classes at schools, Shakespeare’s works are full of archetypal character’s and moral and ethical dilemmas showing the power of individual responsibility.
The Old Testament and New Testament contain some of the world’s oldest and greatest stories; whether taken literally or metaphorically each book contains tales of wisdom once they are studied for their symbolistic value and archetypes.
Jane, an orphan, has a childhood of abuse until she takes a position as governor to Edward Rochester, where her life begins to change and her relationship with Rochester depends and yet his dark moods suggest a secret is being hidden.
The 39 Steps is his most famous novel but here are contained all 5 of Richard Hannay’s adventures combining Buchan’s Stoic Presbyterianism and his genius for adventure stories. Here you will find all the archetypal characters in fast-action, fun, adventure filled novels.
As an introduction to the Mythologies of the Greek Gods.
These will take years to begin to understand but may also give you a depth of understanding and meaning that is priceless to either support your beliefs, challenge them and to use to place other theories and ideas into a philosophical context that is real and true to life.
The Tripitaka (Pali Canon), Mahayana Sutras and the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The Vedas, The To a Te Ching and Kojiki.