(Posted by Evan)
I have been interested in getting into the Classics for a while, and I think I found a good way to get started. The Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers series from Princeton University Press contains small (7 x 5 inches) books of the classical Greek and Roman masters: Cicero, Seneca, Plutarch, Thucydides, etc. The series is ongoing, with two new books coming out in 2020. I think I am going to give some of these a try. They are about 12 bucks a piece or cheaper on Amazon.
I heard about them from this city-journal article.
Back in the 1940s, C. S. Lewis remarked on a trend that he saw gaining steam even among some of his better pupils at Oxford: a belief that books penned by the greatest minds of the previous two or three millennia could be grasped only by credentialed professionals. This instinct steered them away from the satisfactions of primary literature and into the swamps of secondary works expounding upon the original sources. “I have found as a tutor in English Literature,” Lewis wrote, “that if the average student wants to find out something about Platonism, the very last thing he thinks of doing is to take a translation of Plato off the library shelf and read the Symposium. He would rather read some dreary modern book ten times as long, all about ‘isms’ and influences and only once in twelve pages telling him what Plato actually said.” ...