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What Ivy League Students Were Studying 250 Years Ago

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Here is the curriculum for Columbia University ("King's College" at the time) in 1763. As you look through this list, keep in mind that the average age of the first-year student was fifteen!

First Year

Sallust, Historia
Caesar, Commentaries
Ovid, Metamorphoses
Virgil, Eclogues
Aesop, Fables
Lucian, Dialogues
?New Testament
Grotius, De Veritate
Latin Grammar
Greek Grammar
English & Latin Themes
Cornelius Nepos

Second Year

Cicero, De Officiis
Quintus Curtius
Terenece
Ovid, Epistles
Virgil, Georgics
New Testament
Epictetus
Xenophon, Institutio Cyri and Anabasis
Farnaby, Epigrams
Greek Grammar
Latin Grammar
Wallisius, Logic
Sanderson, Compendium
Johnson, Noetica
Rhetoric
Latin & English Themes and Verse

Third Year

Cicero, Orations and De Oratore
Quintilian
Pliny the Younger
Catullus
Tibullus
?Propertius
Horace
Aristotle, Ethics & Poetics
Plato, Dialogues
Xenophon, Memorabilia
Theocritus
?Homer
Compendium Ethicae
?Metaphysics
Syllogistic Disputations
Latin & English Themes
Latin & English Verses

Fourth Year

Cicero, Tusculan Disputations
Livy
?Tacitus?, Histories
Lucan
Juvenal
Persius
Plautus
Homer, Odyssey
Sophocles
Euripedes
Aeschylus
Thucydides
Herodotus
?Longinus
Demosthenes
Dionysius of Halicarnassus
Isocrates
Hebrew Grammar
Biblical Hebrew
Grotius
Pufendorf
Hutcheson
Moral Philosophy
Latin Themes
Declamations
Latin & English Verses
Disputations

Daniel Lattier

Daniel Lattier

Senior Fellow

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