A bust of sophpocles, repeating to infinty in different bright colors

The Public Works Book Club

Since 35,000 BCE

Public works is a book club where we only read stuff that is in the public domain, i.e. before January 1st, 1928. This website serves as a record of our meetings, as well as to advance interest in classic literature.

Works Read So Far

  1. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius - 170-180 CE
  2. The Tempest by William Shakespeare - c. 1610–1611 CE
  3. Antigone by Sophocles - 441 BCE (first performed)
  4. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night by Anonymous - 1888 CE (translation published)
  5. The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison - 1787-1788 CE
  6. Zhuangzi by Zhuang Zhou - c. 2nd century BCE (published)
  7. History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides - c. 5th century BCE
  8. Hellenica by Xenophon - c. 4th century BCE

A collection of useful resources for digital reading material, classic artwork in the public domain, virtual tours of ancient Mediterranean pottery, and more.


To get in touch, either to ask questions about the club or just to chat, or if you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, please send an email to [email protected] (Your email and other information will never be shared outside the club).

Click here for the site’s GitHub.