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(The Ramayana) (c. 600? BC)
Confucius (c. 551-479 BC)
(The Mahabharata) (c. 540-300 BC)
Aeschylus (c. 525-456 BC)
Pindar (c. 522-446? BC)
Lao-Tzu (fl.c. 500? BC)
Sophocles (c. 495-406 BC)
Euripides (c. 485-406 BC)
Herodotus (c. 484-425 BC)
Thucydides (c. 460-400 BC)
Hippocrates (c. 460-377? BC)
Aristophanes (c. 448-380 BC)
Xenophon (c. 431-354 BC)
Plato (c. 427-347 BC)
(Bhagavad-Gita) (c. 400 BC)
Sun-Tzu (c. 400?-320? BC)
Aristotle (c. 384-322 BC)
Epicurus (c. 341-270 BC)
Aesop (fl.c. 300 BC)
Euclid (fl.c. 300 BC)
Archimedes (c. 287-212 BC)
Apollonius of Perga (fl.c. 240 BC)

"The student is half afraid to meet one of the great philosophers face to face. He feels himself inadequate and thinks he will not understand him. But if he only knew, the great man, just because of his greatness, is much more intelligible than his modern commentator. The simplest student will be able to understand, if not all, yet a very great deal of what Plato said; but hardly anyone can understand some modern books on Platonism." - C.S. Lewis, On the Reading of Old Books

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