What is the oldest book you have ever read?
Nosferatu: I've read some really old books like Dracula, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Three Musketeers, Walden, and Treasure Island. However, by far the oldest book I have ever read has been required reading in high school by Shakespeare. I don't know the exact dates of the books but I read Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Caesar. Those are by far the oldest books I have ever read.
Some of the oldest books ever written are Beowulf, The Bible, The Iliad, and The Odyssey. I picked up a copy of the Iliad but I've never actually read it. What are some of the oldest written/published books you have ever read?
abstrectchrist: Hagakura: Way of the Samurai(although the samurai part is a contradiction to what the way is)
Divine Comedy Vol.1: Inferno
Sanguine_Totoro: Among them, Dante's Devine Comedy, (nearly) all of Shakespear's work, some Hemmingway, Dazai Osamu, Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Natsume Soseki...
All the good ol' kinda stuff
john1576: The oldest book I have ever read is 'The Annals of the Assyrian Kings'. Not for the faint hearted. It depends on the translation you get. Here is a snippet. 'Awe inspiring violence I heaped on the enemy, I burned, I destroyed, the towns I smashed like pots. Their maidens I offered as a burned sacrifice, I made to lie down (killed) all their cattle. Their kings I fed to the birds of the air and the fish of the deep. The smoke of their burning towns rise like furnaces along the horizon.' and etc etc. The translation I read was one of the first made in the 19th century, better translations can be found today.
john1576: Just realised. The oldest book I've read is the book of Job in the Bible (no am not pushing religion!). It is the oldest book in the Bible and is far older than the Annals of the Assyrian Kings, (or the Gilgamesh Epic). It is a really sad story. About a guy who looses everything. He was a real guy, not just a character in a book. Really sad.
singdawg: aahahahahaha 1920 medical journal hahhahahahahhahah
iliad, oddyssey, oedipus the king, oedipus at colonus, antigone, beowulf, paradise lost, inferno, canterbury tales, bible, sir gawain and the green knight, lots of shakespere... im sure theres lots more but thats just off the top of my head.
daydreams: besides the Bible , well some of it lol, um thoreau, some selected short stories by Anton Chekhov . poetry , dickenson..Emily, whitman..walt, oi, loads
Kaelis4u: The oldest book has to Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. I am not a book reader. The other books I have read have been The Masked Rider, The Ghost Rider both writen by Rush's percussionist Neil Peart, and Napalm and Silly putty by George Carlin. The last is a must to read.
..."the oldest book eye have and read is dated 1826...and is still in good condition...
...which technically answeres the question eye guess...as it is older than the two Bibles eye have in possession including an array of other notables as written above"...
john1576: Sillychild. If you have a 400 year old Bible contact a Book seller. You are looking at getting such a price you can live comfortably for the rest of your life.
moon: "A dama das camélias"(The lady of camelias), Alexandre Dumas(son) from 18??,
I covered that book, after reading it two.
MaThinker (M.T.): Bible, the Upanishads (hindu scriptures), Tantras (other hindu scriptures), Plato, the 19th century classics, the Kamasutra, Shakespeare. The English poets of the past.
techno_hedonist: The Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest...maybe some ancient Egyptian poetry. I really liked Gilgamesh!
Nosferatu: I think it's interesting people actually read the bible. I've read some passages and love the messed up verses. I printed out a page with a couple pretty messed up bible verses and gave it to my prospecting Christian friend.
writerboy: I have a copy of Dicken's Christmas Books which I read around Christmas Eve usually. The stories were published in the mid 1800s. I think the book is from around the turn of the century - not the last one, the one before that.
DieFerrie: I read Paradise Lost, as some other people here have said. I read the Canterbury Tales by Chaucer. And there was a play by Marlowe. I only liked Paradise Lost out of the lot of them. I'm much more a fan of modern literature and contemporary stuff.