Ancient History

Ancient history is the aggregate of past events from the beginning of recorded human history and extending as far as the Early Middle Ages or the Post-classical Era. The span of recorded history is roughly 5,000 years, beginning with Sumerian Cuneiform script, the oldest discovered form of coherent writing from the proto-literate period around the 30th century BC.

The term classical antiquity is often used to refer to history in the Old World from the beginning of recorded Greek history in 776 BC (First Olympiad). This roughly coincides with the traditional date of the founding of Rome in 753 B
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The Fort (City of Victory #1)
The End is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near Misses
The Gates of Athens
The Falcon of Sparta
Ancestors: A History of Britain in Seven Burials
River Kings: A New History of the Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Road
Powers and Thrones: A New History of the Middle Ages
The Anglo-Saxons A History of the Beginnings of England: 400–1066
The Writing of the Gods: The Race to Decode the Rosetta Stone
A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Murder in Ancient Rome
The Immortality Key: Uncovering the Secret History of the Religion with No Name
Brigantia (Vindolanda #3)
Vindolanda (Vindolanda #1)
Lives of the Stoics: The Art of Living from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius
Clash of Empires (Clash of Empires #1)
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
The Histories
Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic
The Odyssey
The Iliad
History of the Peloponnesian War
The Twelve Caesars
Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
The Aeneid
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Caesar: Life of a Colossus
Cleopatra: A Life
The Epic of Gilgamesh by AnonymousThe Odyssey by HomerThe Iliad by HomerAesop's Fables by AesopThe Art of War by Sun Tzu
Books BCE
121 books — 20 voters
The Odyssey by HomerThe Iliad by HomerThe Complete World of Greek Mythology by Richard BuxtonMythology by Edith HamiltonThe Greek Myths by Robert Graves
Homer: The Blind Bard of Chios
101 books — 26 voters

The Song of Achilles by Madeline MillerCirce by Madeline MillerThe Odyssey by HomerThe Silence of the Girls by Pat BarkerThe Iliad by Homer
Best Trojan War Retellings
82 books — 117 voters
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer BradleyThe Red Tent by Anita DiamantThe Secret Magdalene by Ki LongfellowNefertiti by Michelle MoranCleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran
Awesome Women of the Ancient World
392 books — 944 voters

Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGrawDaughter of the Gods by Stephanie Marie ThorntonThe Woman Who Would Be King by Kara CooneyThe Crook and Flail by Libbie HawkerChild of the Morning by Pauline Gedge
Books about Hatshepsut
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Guglielmo Ferrero
Hate often separates those who ought to aid one another, since they are tending toward the same goal, and sympathy binds men together who are forced to do battle with one another.
Guglielmo Ferrero, The Women of the Caesars

Edward Gibbon
After a war of about 40 years, undertaken by the most stupid [Claudius], maintained by the most dissolute [Nero], and terminated by the most timid [Domitian] of all the emperors, the far greater part of the island [of Britain] submitted to the Roman yoke.
Gibbon, Edward

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