Best Books of the Ancient World

Add only books that were written in ancient times (before year AD 399) in any genre. From any part of the world.
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads 2940 books
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message 1: by Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) (last edited Jan 06, 2012 06:14AM) (new)

Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) If this is truly meant to be a list only for books written BC (or before year 1), Seneca and Epictetus would -- unfortunately -- have to go ...

Enrique, it's your list, though -- where do you want to draw the line?

ETA (Jan. 6): I see you amended the list description ... cool, so not only Seneca and Epictetus get to stay now but a few other great authors get to be included as well! :)

[Still too early for Augustine of Hippo, though ... :( (4th century AD)]


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I guess St. Augustine is borderline; born in 354.


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Susanna wrote: "I guess St. Augustine is borderline; born in 354."

With the once more amended list description (4th instead of 2nd century AD), I'd agree -- though ultimately I do view Augustine as early medieval as well.


message 5: by Hasso (new)

Hasso von Moltke Why is the King James Bible on this list? If you want to put the torah or another translation that's fine but I think the inclusion of a 17th century book is a bit of a stretch. If we are setting a date to end this list I would go with 476 CE.


message 6: by Susanna - Censored by GoodReads (last edited May 14, 2015 10:04AM) (new)

Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed:

The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code - it's about the ancient world, but is not an ancient text
The Guardians of Karma - blurb describes it as "science fiction fantasy about prehistoric times," first published in 2013
The Song of Achilles - historical fiction


message 7: by Hasso (new)

Hasso von Moltke Also Aspects of Ancient Institutions and Geography: Studies in Honor of Richard J.A. Talbert doesn't seem to belong on this list unless we want to include later histories such as Gibbon's works.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Didn't see that one; will remove.


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