This post is for sharing favorite books on the following history topics:
Ancient Greece and Rome
Greek & Roman Gods
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.