Histories - Herodotus .
Translation by George Rawlinson (1858-60).
The Peloponnesian War - Thucydides.
Translation by Richard Crawley (1874).
Thucydides offers a far more nuanced and sophisticated understanding
of human character and Greek politics than Herodotus.
Greek Lives - Plutarch. Translation by Robin Waterfield (1998).
A must read.
and The Odyssey
- Homer. Translation by Robert Fagles (1996). Best modern translation.
Norton Book of Classical Literature - Bernard Knox, Editor (1993).
Good sampling of the best stuff.
Greeks and Greek Civilization - Jacob Burckhardt (1818-97). Translated
by Shiela Stern (1998). A celebrity historian (Swiss), regarded by
many as the father of cultural history. Arguably the best modern study
on the Greeks.
Greece and the
Hellenistic World - Boardman, Griffin, Murray (Editors, Oxford
University). Lots of Facts.
Greeks - Michael Grant. Ancient Greece via short essays on major
The World of
Odysseus - Moses Finley (1912-86). Excellent for a background on the
culture of early Greeks.
Antiquity - Moses Finley. Informative, scholarly essays on diverse
topics and personalities.
Greeks - Moses Finley. Good summary of the stated subject matter, not
an introductory book.
Greek Plays - Whitney J. Oates and Eugene O'Neill Jr, Editors.
Includes plays by Aeschylus (Agamemnon and Prometheus Bound),
Sophocles (Oedipus The King and Antigone), Euripides (Medea and
Alcestis) and Aristophanes (The Frogs).
of Greece - A New Appraisal, Edited by Moses Finley. Diverse topics
treated in depth by modern scholars of Greek antiquity.
East is East and West is West - Or Are They? National Stereotypes in
Herodotus' conception of foreign languages.