History Books By Topic

Learning About Ancient Greece And Rome

This post is for sharing favorite books on the following history topics:

Ancient Greece and Rome

the Olympics

Greek & Roman Gods



(For the list of all history topics addressed by this blog, click here.  For books related to the later Roman Empire years, click here.)


From the Wikipedia timeline:

  • 890 BC: Approximate date for the composition of the Iliad and the Odyssey
  • 800 BC: Rise of Greek city-states
  • 776 BC: First recorded Olympic Games. The history of the Games is believed to reach as far back as the 13th century BC but no older written record survives.
  • 753 BC: Founding of Rome (traditional date)


For Elementary Students:
Ancient Rome: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of Rome’s Past, by Zilah Deckker. This National Geographic book looks at Rome through the eyes of modern archaeology.

Ancient Greece: Archaeology Unlocks the Secrets of Greece’s Past, by Marni McGee. Same series as the previous book.

Adventures in Ancient Greece, by Linda Bailey. I am personally not a fan of comic-book style literature, but my boys are, and they loved this book.

The Adventures of Odysseus & the Tale of Troy by Padraic Colum

The Trojan Horse, by Emily Little, a Step Into Reading Level 5 Book. The Trojan War was traditionally dated 1194-1184 BC (but is mostly mythical.)  This book is excellent – I would recommend reading it together before attempting a children’s Homer.

Hour Of The Olympics (Magic Tree House series book #16)

100 Facts: Ancient Rome, by Miles Kelly:

Parthenon, by Lynn Curlee. (I like all of her picture books!)

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
. It’s a classic, but I wish they had left out Oedipus. Really? For children??


For High School Students:


What are your favorite history books on this topic? Feel free to share with a comment below.


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