7 Great Reads from the Literature before the Renaissance

7 Great Reads from the Literature before the Renaissance

It could be strange especially for the younger generation of the 21st century to even consider reading texts written a thousand years ago and even earlier. However, if not for academic purposes, some of these reads are still as entertaining as they were for the previous generations. Try these out for yourself!

7  |  Othello

Othello is a tragedy written by Shakespeare in 1603. The action of the tragedy revolves around four main characters: Othello and his wife Desdemona, and Cassio and his best friend of Iago. Due to complex issues discussed, such as racism, love, jealousy, and betrayal, the play is in tune to the world of today, remaining always present. Therefore it is played on all stages of the great theaters of the world.

6  |  Oedipus the King

A masterpiece of the ancient literature, Oedipus the King is a tragedy representing the confrontation between man and destiny. This theme, characteristic of the Greek tragedy, is a human problem of all times. Oedipus’ aims for truth will be fatal. This is the tragedy of knowledge. The hero is possessed by the pathos of truth, which he will discover at the cost of his own collapse.

5  |  Aeneid

Vergilius’ Aeneid presents a grand vision about the life of Gods, their quarrels, gossips, and strong feelings such as jealousy, love, anger, discontent, discord and hate. The text discusses also the Trojan War.

4  |  The Divine Comedy

The most famous work of Dante Alighieri, and one of the greatest masterpieces of the world literature, The Divine Comedy describes Dante’s descent into Hell, passing through the Purgatory, and finally his Paradise ascension, to end with the apotheosis of the Divine union. In his voyage to meet the Divinity, Dante meets famous people from the past, carefully and skillfully placed at various levels of the world after death.

3  |  King Arthur

The Legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table is one of the oldest British myths. Arthur was considered the eternal king, who defended the glorious people of Saxony. The legend highlights his promise to come back from his grave on the island of Avalon in order to defend Britain, if the country was again threatened by the foreign invasion.

2  |  The Prince

Written by the Italian author Niccolo Macchiavelli, The Prince is one of the best works on geopolitics and the role of political leaders. Despite the pejorative meaning that is given to the term “Machiavellian”, it is nothing but the recognition of human psychology, a consensus, and it means pragmatism. Some business people have extrapolated many of Machiavelli’s ideas presented in The Prince.

1. The Odyssey

Homer’s masterpiece tells the story of Odysseus on a quest to return to his homeland,Ithaca, and be reunited with his son and wife. Along the way, he has many adventures and must rely on his intellect, wit, and strength to extricate himself from perilous situations.


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