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

Homer

 

(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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