A Western Canon

So what are the classics? That's a tough question. Even the question itself presupposes a few things. So here's my short answer: works that have stood the test of time and cause discussion even today. That said, I'm going a somewhat lazy route. I'm taking Alexander Arguelles's list (yes, I've got his permission to use his list). This list is his work and not mine. My only addition is to make it sortable and add in some links. Why his list? It is large (hundreds of authors in 26 languages). It is varied both in language and in time. I agree with lots of the selections. Arguelles is well-read and massively polyglot. What are the list's limitations? It focuses on European languages, though Arguelles acknowledges this limitation himself. It's highly personal, as I suspect all of these lists are. 

Arguelles's Western Canon