What is the oldest book you have read (not the Bible or Liturgy)

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  1. Rubato 1

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    What is the oldest book you have read lately?


    I think for me it may be Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. (1776 and later)

    I use Cruden's (1737) and Webster (1828) often as well.
     
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    Does the King James Bible 1611 count :laugh:

    Read in Gill and Barnes quite often, not sure how old they are.
     
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    Homer Odyssey 700BC in Swedish translation
     
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    Lately, I had reason to read some of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (written between 1386 and 1400). I was helping a friend's child with a high school assignment. (I explained to him that the only reason I chose not to major in English in college was because I didn't want to spend an entire semester studying Chaucer, a required course. I wanted him to know that his mother's friendship trumps my dislike of Chaucer!)

    The second oldest, which I use frequently, is, in fact, on my desk even as I type this. It's a Latin textbook by Collar and Daniell, published in 1901. While the book itself isn't exactly ancient, its contents surely are!
     
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    Beowolf

    I've read a good deal of John Gill and John Calvin.

    And the book of Job is quite old.
     
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    As I have also. Man, that was a long way home after the Trojan war.
     
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    The Divine Unity of Scripture by Adolph Saphir, D.D.
    Date is 1892 by Hodder and Stoughton, 27 Patternoster Row, London

    There is a note in the book written in by hand March 16, 1893.
     
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    My is a us history text book form the early 1900s.

    It really surprised me the great info in it. This is likely for 7-12 graders. Not sure about the age grade. I bought it from a library sale.

    The current text books do not even compare to this book. I noticed serveral things that would never be in the new revised text books.

    I enjoy history it was a joy for me to read.:thumbs:
     
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    Do you mean written the longest ago, or printed the longest ago? Other than the Bible I would say the Odyssey and the Iliad. They were written 8th century B.C. Of course I read them in English translations which were made centuries after the original. I read Beowolf in the old English text it was written in, but that was still centuries after Homer wasn't it. I have read Josephus' "Jewish War" and "Antiquities of the Jews."

    Now the oldest actual book in my library is a first edition of Patrick Fairburn's "Typology of Scripture." I think that one is from 1847. My copy is not really in great shape, but it was a gift and I have read it although it is too delicate to use for much research now.

    Another favorite of mine would be, "Pioneer Life, or 30 years a Hunter" by Philip Tome. That is an awesome 1st hand accounting of pioneer life in western Pennsylvania and Ohio in the 18th century. Mine is a reprint but it originaly came out in the 1840s.
     
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    Both. Either. Keep in mind that the Thread question reads "latley", although the title line does not.
    I just picked up Plato's Republic and an anthology of Aristotle. but Homer still has me beat (by a little).
     
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    The Jewish War, Josephus

    (Gives great insight into NT times)
     

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