Best Books on Ancient Greek History and Literature
Ancient Greece: with emphasis on the Golden Age of Greece. Non-fiction but can also include ancient Greek literature, myths, poetry, drama and philosophy.
1 The Iliad/The Odyssey
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2 The Iliad
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 190,678 ratings
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3 The Odyssey
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 567,133 ratings
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4 The Histories
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 21,633 ratings
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5 The History of the Peloponn...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 17,549 ratings
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6 Mythology
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 26,985 ratings
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7 The Republic
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 82,976 ratings
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8 The Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus ...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 36,749 ratings
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9 D'Aulaires' Book of Greek M...
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 9,636 ratings
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10 Medea
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 30,409 ratings
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11 The Trial and Death of Socr...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 19,180 ratings
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12 Theogony/Works and Days
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13 The Oresteia
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14 Metamorphoses
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15 The Peloponnesian War
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 2,500 ratings
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16 The Greek Way
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,034 ratings
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17 The Marriage of Cadmus and ...
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18 The Nicomachean Ethics
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19 The Persian Expedition
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 3,259 ratings
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20 Persian Fire: The First Wor...
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21 Lysistrata
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 18,438 ratings
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22 The Greek Myths
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 3,356 ratings
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23 On Sparta
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 724 ratings
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24 Homeric Hymns
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 2,497 ratings
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25 Bulfinch's Mythology
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26 Gods and Heroes of Ancient ...
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27 Poetics
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28 A History of My Times
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29 Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: ...
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30 Electra
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31 Thucydides: The Reinvention...
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32 Lords of the Sea: The Epic ...
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33 If Not, Winter: Fragments o...
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34 The Campaigns of Alexander
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35 Ten Plays
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36 The Rise and Fall of Athens...
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37 The Cambridge Illustrated H...
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38 Pericles of Athens and the ...
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39 Jason and the Golden Fleece
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40 The Spartans: The World of ...
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41 The Riddle of the Labyrinth...
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42 The Collected Dialogues
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42 Letters from a Stoic
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44 A History of Western Philos...
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45 The Age of Alexander: Nine ...
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46 Lives of the Noble Greeks
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47 Four Plays: The Clouds/The ...
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48 The Greeks
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48 Aesop's Fables
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50 The Life of Greece (The Sto...
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51 Lysistrata and Other Plays
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52 Early Greek Philosophy
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53 Readings in Ancient Greek P...
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54 The Battle of Salamis: The ...
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55 A True Story: Parallel Engl...
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56 The Epic of Gilgamesh
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57 Courtesans and Fishcakes: T...
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58 Prometheus Bound
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 5,419 ratings
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59 Sappho's Lyre: Archaic Lyri...
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60 The Life of Alexander the G...
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60 The Seven Against Thebes
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60 The Fragility of Goodness: ...
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63 Paradise Rediscovered: The ...
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64 Athens and the Greek Miracle
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65 Bacchae
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66 Paradise Rediscovered: The ...
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67 The Outbreak of the Pelopon...
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68 Paradise Rediscovered: The ...
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69 The Portable Greek Historia...
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69 The Burial at Thebes: A Ver...
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71 Politics
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72 The Cure at Troy: A Version...
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73 Prometheus Bound and Other ...
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74 The Archidamian War
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75 The Library of Greek Mythology
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76 Economy and Society of the ...
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76 The Epic City: Urbanism, Ut...
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78 The Ancient Greece of Odysseus
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79 Slavery In Ancient Greece
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80 Tales Of Ancient Greece
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81 The Essential Writings
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82 Greek Gods and Heroes
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83 The Echo of Greece
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84 The School of History: Athe...
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85 The Presocratic Philosophers
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86 Parallel Myths
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86 Luck Bringer
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88 The Greeks and the Irrational
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88 Marathon: The Battle That C...
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90 Grief Lessons: Four Plays
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90 A Short History of Ancient ...
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90 Penthesilea
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93 Witchcraft and Magic in Eur...
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93 The Closing of the Western ...
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93 Electra
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96 The Story of Man's Early Pr...
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96 A War Like No Other: How th...
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98 Alcestis
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98 Aristotle
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98 The Symposium
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message 1: by Marje (new)

Marje Thanks to everyone who is helping to build this list. I started the list a week ago or so with four books I had recently read, hoping to get a few more suggestions. Needless to say, it has exploded beyond my expectations to 79 books and counting. Looks like I have some reading to do. Thanks everyone!


message 2: by Elentarri (new)

Elentarri I'm not sure the Epic of Gilgamesh should be here. It's Babylonian or Sumerian, not Greek.


message 3: by Mara (new)

Mara Baritaki It was a great surprise for me to read the new book by Mrs. Liana Starida, There was once a town… The Great Fortress. From the very first page I realised that what I held in my hands was not just a routine contribution to the eventful history of Heraklion like several others that have been published before now, but something else entirely. It is an impressive and original work which aims to act as a guide on an archaeological and historic tour of our age-old town which preserves, like few others, the traces of many disparate cultures on its historic facade.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GL424CG


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