Book Lists for Ancient History

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This book list coordinates with the ancient history time period. It includes classic literature, The Great Books, listings from different genres, audios, videos, and much more!

The Great Books List for Ancient History

Reading and selecting The Great Books can be a challenging process and one not taken lightly. I have a very detailed post about The Great Books of Classic Literature that can help you learn more about these works and their authors.

PARENTS! A word of caution about some of these books — please review these books or pre-read them yourselves before handing over to your child. Some of these books have very mature content that you may not want to expose them to you just yet. A good place to get a review is Goodreads and Amazon

Epic of Gilgamesh – based on my research, this is a good translation and it skips over the seductive scenes if that concerns you. This version is also a recommended translation but I am not sure about the scenes in it.

The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer

Oedipus the King by Sophocles

The Histories by Herodotus – (Penguin Classics Edition) and Landmark Edition are both good versions

The Birds by Aristophanes – this version has 4 of his plays including Lysistrata

The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides (Penguin Classics Edition) Landmark Edition

The Republic by Plato

The Aeneid by Virgil

Metamorphoses by Ovid

The Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans by Plutarch

Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare ——– Julius Caesar No Fear version of Shakespeare

Lysistrata and Other Plays by Aristophanes – these are included in the link above

Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare

Theogony by Hesiod

The Last Days of Socrates by Plato

Plutarch’s Lives Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 by Arthur Hugh Clough

Eclogues and Georgics by Virgil

Introduction to Aristotle by Richard McKeon

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Book Lists of Classic Literature Ancient History

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