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History of Ancient Greece Books – Collection

Free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “History Ancient Greece”. Some books: History of Ancient Greece, Treasures of Ancient Greece, Technology of Ancient Greece, Empire of Ancient Greece, Women of Ancient Greece, Everyday Life in Ancient Greece, Ancient Greece Entertainment, Literature of Ancient Greece, Slavery in Ancient Greece, Gods and Myths of Ancient Greece, Influential Figures of Ancient Greece, Ancient Greece and the Mediterranean, Going to War in Ancient Greece.

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Social History of Ancient Greece – Collection

Books on the social history of Ancient Greece. Some titles: Greek Athletics and the Genesis of Sport, What Life Was Like at the Dawn of Democracy, Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity, Women’s Life in Greece and Rome, Enmity and Feuding in Classical Athens.

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Biographies in Ancient Greece – Collection

Biographies of individuals and groups in Ancient Greece. Some titles: Socrates in 90 Minutes, Ancient Mathematicians, Aristotle: the Father of Logic, Herodotus, Alexander the Great, Archimedes, Leaders of Ancient Greece.

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Military History of Ancient Greece – Collection

About 30 books on military affairs in Ancient Greece. Some titles: The Decline and Fall of Ancient Greece, The Trojan War, Greek Warfare, The Greeks at War from Athens to Alexander, The Peloponnesian War 431-404 BC, Ancient Greek War and Weapons, The Soldier’s Life.

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Archaeology of Ancient Greece – Collection

Books about archaeology related to Ancient Greece. Some titles: Archaeology of Greece, Classical Archaeology of Greece, The Origins of the Greek Architectural Orders, The Elgin Marbles, Lost Civilizations, Arthur Evans and the Palace of Minos.

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Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece

Adkins, Lesley and Roy A. Adkins
Facts On File 1997 Dewey Dec. 938

“Written by two successful and practicing archaeologists, ‘Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece’ encompasses all aspects of ancient Greek life—from the beginnings of the Minoan civilization in Crete to the final defeat by the Roman world in 30 BCE. Organized in the highly accessible format of the ‘Handbook to Life’ series, this lively reference provides an authoritative look at this ancient culture. Coverage includes government, religion, music, art and visual culture, architecture, literature, warfare, commerce, exploration, science, education, and daily life.” -Publisher.

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Ancient Greece: A History in Eleven Cities

Cartledge, Paul
Oxford University 2009

An innovative approach to ancient Greece and its legacy, both in terms of the time span covered and in its unique city-by-city organization, this superb volume provides the ideal concise introduction to the history and culture of this remarkable civilization. The book spans a surprisingly long time period, ranging from the first examples of ancient Greek language from Cnossus in Crete around 1400 BC to the establishment of Constantinople (today’s Istanbul) in 324 AD on the site of the Greek city of Byzantion.

Spartans: The World of the Warrior-Heroes of Ancient Greece, From Utopia to Crisis and Collapse

Cartledge, Paul
Overlook 2003 Dewey Dec. 938

“‘The Spartans’ is a compelling narrative that explores the culture and civilization of the most famous “warrior people”: the Spartans of ancient Greece, by the world’s leading expert in the field. Sparta has often been described as the original Utopia–a remarkably evolved society whose warrior heroes were forbidden any other trade, profession, or business. As a people, the Spartans were the living exemplars of such core values as duty, discipline, the nobility of arms in a cause worth dying for, sacrificing the individual for the greater good of the community (illustrated by their role in the battle of Thermopylae), and the triumph of will over seemingly insuperable obstacles–qualities that today are frequently believed to signify the ultimate heroism.” -Publisher.

The Greeks and Greek Love: A Radical Reappraisal of Homosexuality in Ancient Greece

Davidson, James N.
Random House 2007

Homosexuality in Ancient Greece remains a central area of debate in the classics, in ancient history and lesbian and gay studies. Greek civilisation centrally underpins our own, providing a basis of so much of the west’s culture and philosophy, yet the Greeks were more tolerant of homosexuality than virtually any other culture, certainly than the western civilisations that followed.

The Republic of Plato

Davies, J.L. & D.J. Vaughan, transl.
MacMillan 1907 Dewey Dec. 938

“Essentially an inquiry into morality, the ‘Republic’ is the central work of the Western world’s most famous philosopher. Containing crucial arguments and insights into many other areas of philosophy, it is also a literary masterpiece: the philosophy is presented for the most part for ordinary readers, who are carried along by the wit and intensity of the dialogue and by Plato’s unforgettable images of the human condition.”

Stories from Herodotus: A Panorama of Events and Peoples of the Ancient World

Downey, Glanville, ed.
Dutton 1965 Dewey Dec. 938

“Over 2,000 years ago, a Greek named Herodotus wrote a book that became not only the first one of the greatest of all modern histories, ‘Historia’ (Greek for Inquiries). It had two main themes: The first was a description of the known world, as seen by Herodotus in his wide travels. The second was the story of the Persian Wars, the struggle in which the independence of Greece was established. Because the conflict between Greece and Persia was so decisive for the history of western civilization, Glanville Downey has selected most of the stories for this book from that portion of Herodotus’ work.

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The Histories


One of the most important works of history in Western literature, by the freshest and liveliest of all classical Greek prose authors, Herodotus’s Histories is also a key text for the study of ancient Greece and the Persian Empire.

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The Iliad


Dating to the ninth century B.C., Homer’s timeless poem still vividly conveys the horror and heroism of men and gods wrestling with towering emotions and battling amidst devastation and destruction, as it moves inexorably to the wrenching, tragic conclusion of the Trojan War.

The Complete History of Ancient Greece

Nardo, Don, ed.
Greenhaven 2001 Dewey Dec. 938

“Almost an entire reference library unto itself, the Greenhaven ‘Complete History of Ancient Greece’ provides a uniquely detailed and comprehensive overview of all aspects of ancient Greek civilization. In concise, readable essays, some of the greatest classical scholars of the past half-century cover not only Greece’s crucial historical events and figures in a logical chronological progression, but also citizenship; Athenian democracy and other kinds of Greek government: law and justice; art, architecture, literature, science, and other cultural achievement; social customs, including the lives of women, children, and slaves: the gods and religious beliefs and customs: military weapons, affairs, and customs; and much more.” -Publisher.

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Encyclopedia of The Ancient Greek World

Sacks, David
Facts on File 2005 Dewey Dec. 938

“From science to religion, politics to mathematics, and art to medicine, there are very few areas of our modern lives that are not in some way affected by classical Greece. ‘Encyclopedia of the Ancient Greek World’ provides interdisciplinary coverage of this influential civilization.” -Publisher.

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The Cambridge Dictionary of Classical Civilization

Shipley, Graham et al, eds.
Cambridge University 2008

This Guide, with over 1700 entries and 500 illustrations, is a key reference work on both Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, covering all the main branches of ancient literature, art and institutions. In addition, it explores traditionally neglected areas such as dress, housing, minority groups and social relations. Discusses those cultures with which Greeks and Romans exchanged information and culture (e.g., Phoenicians, Celts and Jews) as well as the remote peoples with whom they were in contact (e.g., Persia, China and India).

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The Greeks: An Introduction to their Culture

Sowerby, Robin
Routledge 1995 Dewey Dec. 938

‘The Greeks’ “offers a lucid survey that: covers all the key elements of ancient Greek civilization from the age of Homer to the Hellenistic period; provides detailed discussions of the main trends in literature and drama, philosophy, art and architecture, with generous reference to original sources; places ancient Greek culture firmly in its political, social and historical context; includes a new chapter on ‘Religion and Social Life’. “The Greeks is an indispensable introduction for all students of Classics, and an invaluable guide for students of other disciplines who require a grounding in Greek civilization.” -Publisher.

Hellenistic Civilisation

Tarn, W.W.
Meridian 1952 Dewey Dec. 938

“In this book a great twentieth-century historian of antiquity provides a comprehensive picture of the Hellenistic period, which covered the three centuries between the death of Alexander the Great and the establishment of the Roman Empire by Augustus. This was the period when the civilisation which had originated in Greece permeated the whole of the ancient world. Beginning with a historical outline of the era, Professor Tarn continues with brilliant descriptive and interpretive chapters on all aspects of Hellenistic life: political forms; social and economic conditions in the Greek cities; Hellenism in Asia and Egypt and its contacts with and influences on the Jews; and the status of trade, exploration, literature, learning, science, art, philosophy, and religion.” -Book cover.

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History of Greece, Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Abbott, Evelyn
Putnam’s Sons 1888-1901

Part I: From the Earliest Times to the Ionian Revolt
Part II: From the Ionian Revolt to the Thirty Years’ Peace 500-445 BC
Part III: From the Thirty Years’ Peace to the Fall of the Thirty at Athens, 445-403 BC.

Pericles and the Golden Age of Athens

Abbott, Evelyn
Putnam’s Sons 1891

“This sketch of the age of Pericles consists of two parts: in the first and larger part I have endeavoured to trace the growth of the Athenian empire and the causes which alienated Athens and Sparta; in the second I have given a brief account of the government, the art and literature, the society and manners of the Periclean Athens.” -Author’s Preface.

Hellenic Civilization

Botsford, G.W. and Sihler, E. G., ed.
Columbia University 1915

“The aim of the series of which this volume forms a part [Records of Civilization: Sources and Studies] is two-fold. In the first place, its intention is to make accessible those sources of the history of Europe and of the near East which are of prime importance for the understanding of Western civilization. In the second place, both by the treatment of these texts and by special studies it covers the work of modern scholars in these fields. It is, therefore, a guide both to the original documents and to recent criticism.” -Preface.

From Homer to Theocritus: A Manual of Greek Literature

Capps, Edward
Scribner’s Sons 1901

“This volume aims to present a concise but complete survey of the Greek literature of the classical period, extended so as to include the two branches of poetry, the New Comedy and the Idyll.” Author’s Preface.

Day in Old Athens: A Picture of Athenian Life

Davis, William S.
Allyn and Bacon 1914

“This little book tries to describe what an intelligent person would see and hear in ancient Athens, if by some legerdemain he were translated to the fourth century B.C. and conducted about the city under competent guidance. The year 360 B.C. has been selected for the hypothetical time of this visit, not because of any special virtue in that date, but because Athens was then architecturally almost perfect, her civic and her social life seemed at their best, the democratic constitution held its vigor, and there were few outward signs of the general decadence which was to set in after the triumph of Macedon.” – Author’s Preface.

The Greek View of Life

Dickinson, G. Lowes
Chautauqua 1909

Intended as a general introduction to Greek literature and thought.

Contents: Greek view of religion – Greek view of the state – Greek view of the individual – Greek view of art.

A Handbook of Greek Religion

Fairbanks, Arthur
American Book 1910

In this volume, “religious antiquities, forms of revelation, and worship and belief are discussed in Part I from the standpoint of their religious significance…. Readers who are more interested in the content than in the form of Greek religion may pass from the Introduction directly to Parts II and III. Greek mythology finds no place in the discussion.” – Author’s Preface.

Greek Imperialism

Ferguson, William S.
Houghton Mifflin 1913

“The book contains seven lectures. “In the first of them the main lines of imperial development in Greece are sketched. In the others I have tried to characterize, having regard rather to clearness than to novelty or completeness, the chief imperial growths which arose in Greece during the transformance of city-states from ultimate to constituent political units.” -Author’s Preface.

The Greek Theater and its Drama

Flickinger, Roy C.
University of Chicago 1918

Contents: The origin of tragedy – The origin of Comedy – The Greek theater – The influence of religious origin – the influence of Choral origin – the influence of actors – the influence of festival arrangements – the influence of physical conditions – the influence of national customs and ideas – the influence of theatrical machinery and dramatic conventions – Theatrical records.

A Source Book of Greek History

Fling, Fred M.
Heath 1907

“It was my aim to make a collection of sources that would reflect the life and thought of the Greek people, and to some degree, the evolution of that life and thought. The Greeks are distinguished for their work in literature, art and philosophy”. -Author’s Preface.

Contents: Primitive Greek society – Colonization – Unification of Greek life – The rise of Sparta and Athens – War with the Persians and with the Carthaginians – The supremacy of Athens – The Peloponnesian wars – Socrates and his teaching – The Spartan supremacy – The Theban Supremacy – Macedonia conquers the Greek states – The conquests of Alexander – The Achaean League.

A Handbook of Greek Archaeology

Fowler, Harold N. et al.
American Book 1909

Contents: Study and progress of archaeology in modern times – Pre-Hellenic Greece – Architecture – Sculpture – Terracottas – Metal work (bronzes, silverware, jewelry) – Coins – Engraved gems – Vases – Painting and mosaic.

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Greek Athletic Sports and Festivals

Gardiner, E. Norman
MacMillan 1910

The first part is a continuous history of Greek athletics. The second part consists of chapters, each complete in itself, dealing with details of Greek athletics. Some chapter titles: The Stadium, The Foot-Race, Throwing the Diskos, Wrestling, Boxing. 190 illustrations. History of Greek culture.

The Legacy of Greece

Livingstone, R.W., ed.
Clarendon 1921

Collected essays on Religion, Philosophy, Mathematics & Astronomy, Natural Science, Biology, Medicine, Literature, History, Political Thought, Art and Architecture.

The Pageant of Greece

Livingstone, Richard W., ed.
Clarendon 1923

“This book is intended for those who know no Greek, but wish to form some idea of its great writers and of what they wrote. It is meant for the ordinary educated reader, as well as for pupils at universities … It consists of selections from the greatest Greek writers, with such a sketch of their lives and works as may give an idea of what they were and did…. I have tried to piece the passages together in a continuous whole, and further, to trace the growth of Greek literature, and indicate the historical background in which it is set. [Readers] will follow in outline the most important part of that vast intellectual development which started with Homer and outlasted the Roman empire.” – Editor’s Preface.

The Glory that was Greece: A Survey of Hellenic Culture and Civilization

Stobart, J.C.
Lippincott 1915

Contents: Introduction: Hellenism: The land and its people – Aegean civilisation – The heroic age – The ages of trasition – The grand century – The fourth century – The Macedonian world – Epilogue.

Readings in Greek History, from Homer to the Battle of Chaeronea: A Collection of Extracts from the Sources

Thallon, Ida C.
Ginn 1914

Contents: The heroic age – The expansion of Greece – Religious leagues and festivals – Early tyranny – Early history of the Peloponnesus – Athens through the sixth century – The advance of Persia to the Aegean – Wars against Persia and Carthage – From the Persian to the Peloponnesian War – The Peloponnesian War – Athens after the Sicilian disaster – Spartan and Theban supremacies – The revival of Athens – The rise of Macedon.

Life in the Homeric Age

Thomas D. Seymour
MacMillan 1907

This book is based upon the author’s study of Homeric poems.

Contents: Cosmography and geography – The Homeric state – Women and the family, education and recreation – Dress and decoration – House and furniture – Homeric food – Homeric property – Slavery and servitude – Trade and the crafts – Sea life and ships – Agriculture, plants, and trees – Animals, fishes, birds, and insects – Olympus and the gods – Hades and his realm – Temples, worship, and divination – The Troad – Homeric war – Homeric arms.

History of Greek Philosophy, from the Earliest Period to the Time of Socrates, Vol 1

Volume 2

Zeller, Eduard
Longmans, Green 1881

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The Greek Commonwealth: Politics & Economics in Fifth-Century Athens

Zimmern, Alfred E.
Clarendon 1922

Contents: Part I: Geography – Part II: Politics: The development of citizenship – The ideal of citizenship – Part III: Economics: The growing city – City economics – Imperial economics – Conclusion.

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