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The Ancient Greek World:

Herodotus: The Histories
Considered the first real history book, primarily concerned with the Persian Wars
Thucydides: History of the Peloponnesian War
A very good and thorough account of the Peloponnesian War by someone who was there
Thucydides: The Landmark Thucydides : A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War

Thomas R. Martin: Ancient Greece : From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times
A very good overview of Ancient Greece. Great for beginners
Robert Morkot: The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
No one can remember where everything is! Has great maps of battles and city layouts as well
David Sacks: A Dictionary of the Ancient Greek World
A necessity. Names, places, terms
Peter Green: Alexander to Actium : The Historical Evolution of the Hellenistic Age
Thorough coverage of, well... Alexander the Great to the rise of Augustus
Naphtali Lewis, Meyer Reinhold: Roman Civilization : Selected Readings : The Republic and the Augustan Age Good source material
Naphtali Lewis, Meyer Reinhold: Roman Civilization : Selected Readings : The Empire
Good source material
Lionel Casson Travel in the Ancient World
fairly self explanitory
F.W. Walbank: The Hellenistic World
A good overview of the Hellenistic Period

Alexander the Great:

Peter Green's Alexander of Macedon 356-323 B. C. : A Historical Biography

Flavius Arrianus: The Campaigns of Alexander
Considered one of the best ancient sources on Alexander, drawn from sources lost to modern historians.
Quintus Curtius Rufus: The History of Alexander (Penguin Classics)
Alexander the Great from the Roman perspective.

The Roman Empire:

Tacitus: The Annals of Tacitus
One of the most important ancient sources on the history of Rome.
Tacitus: Tacitus I : Agricola
Good details of the conquest of Britain.
Jo-Ann Shelton: As the Romans Did : A Sourcebook in Roman Social History
Valuable ancient source material on several subjects.
Tim Cornell, John Mathews: Atlas of the Roman World
Make sense of the Roman Empire and its provinces.
Julius Caesar: The Civil Wars
From the man who won them!
Julius Caesar: The Gallic War
First hand account of the wars that led to Julius's rise to power.
Cicero: Selected Letters

Gibbon: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
What is there to say? A classic!
Matthew Bunson: A Dictionary of the Roman Empire
Highly recommended. Names, places, terms - all in one place.
Edward N. Luttwak: Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire : From the First Century A.D. to the Third
The Strategy of the Roman Army and details of its make up.
Theodor Mommsen: A History of Rome Under the Emperors
The first historian to win a Nobel Prize for literature.
Livy (The Younger): Letters of the Younger Pliny (Penguin Classics)

Livy : Livy : Reconstructing Early Rome
How Romans saw their own history.
Christopher Scarre: The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome
Another necessity!
Plutarch: Plutarch : Lives of Noble Grecians and Romans
Good Biographies

Don Nardo: The Punic Wars

Wilfried Nippel: Public Order in Ancient Rome

C.M. Wells: The Roman Empire
A good overview for beginners
John B. Bury: History of the Later Roman Empire : From the Death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian

E. Glenn Hinson: The Early Church : Origins to the Dawn of the Middle Ages

Medieval Europe:

Bede: Ecclesiastical History of the English People

Norman Cantor: The Civilization of the Middle Ages

R. C. Smail: Crusading Warfare, 1097-1193(Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought)

Paul Foster Case: True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order

J. A. Burrow: A Book of Middle English

Alison Weir: The Wars of the Roses

George Holmes: The Oxford History of Medieval Europe


John Freely: Istanbul: The Imperial City

John Meyendorff: Byzantine Theology : Historical Trends and Doctrinal Themes

Donald M. Nicol: The Immortal Emperor : The Life and Legend of Constantine Palaiologos,Last Emperor of the Romans
An interesting biography of the Emperor of Byzantium at the time of the the fall on Constantinople in 1453.
George Ostrogorsky : History of the Byzantine State
A superb scholarly work covering the Byzantine Empire from Constantine's move of the capitol to Byzantium to the fall of Constantinople in 1453.
Steven Runciman : The Fall of Constantinople, 1453


Daniel Bornstein (trans) : Dino Compagni's Chronicle of Florence

Gene A. Brucker : Renaissance Florence

Richard Turner : Renaissance Florence : The Invention of a New Art

Dante Alighieri : Inferno

Giovanni Boccaccio : The Decameron

Niccolo Machiavelli : Discourses

Michelangelo : Life, Letters, and Poetry

Francesco Petrarch : Selections from the Canzoniere and Other Works

Leon Battista Alberti : On Painting

Paul Oskar Kristeller : Renaissance Thought and the Arts : Collected Essays


Simon Hornblower & Antony Spawforth: The Oxford Classical Dictionary
The ancient history reference book
Oswyn Murray, John Boardman, Jasper. Griffin: The Oxford History of the Classical World
A good overview to put everything in perspective.
Michael Grant: A Guide to the Ancient World : A Dictionary of Classical Place Names
A good overview to put everything in perspective.

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