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Best Ancient History Books Worth Your Attention

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Ancient History books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. The Ancient World: Readings in Social and Cultural History (2009)

 Best Ancient History Books Worth Your AttentionFor courses in Ancient History (Ancient Near East – Egypt/Mesopotamia), Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome. This collection of primary sources focusing on the social and cultural history of the Ancient Near East, Greece, and Rome is designed to encourage students to examine issues pertaining to a broad range of themes through the analysis of relevant ancient literary and non-literary texts. Covering a wide variety of social and cultural concerns€”-ranging from marriage, family, war, and religion, to political culture, slavery, and entertainment€”-the texts are arranged thematically within a general chronological framework to provide a broad…
Author(s): D. Brendan Nagle, Stanley M. Burstein

2. Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times, Second Edition (2013)

 Best Ancient History Books Worth Your AttentionIn this compact yet comprehensive history of ancient Greece, Thomas R. Martin brings alive Greek civilization from its Stone Age roots to the fourth century B.C. Focusing on the development of the Greek city-state and the society, culture, and architecture of Athens in its Golden Age, Martin integrates political, military, social, and cultural history in a book that will appeal to students and general readers alike. Now in its second edition, this classic work now features new maps and illustrations, a new introduction, and updates throughout. “A limpidly…
Author(s): Thomas R. Martin

3. A History of the Ancient Near East, ca. 3000-323 BC (Blackwell History of the Ancient World) (2015)

 Best Ancient History Books Worth Your AttentionIncorporating the latest scholarly research, the third edition of A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000–323 BC presents a comprehensive overview of the multicultural civilizations of the ancient Near East….
Author(s): Van De Mieroop, Marc

4. Janson’s History of Art Portable Edition Book 1: The Ancient World (8th Edition) (Myartslab) (2011)

 Best Ancient History Books Worth Your Attention  Rewritten and reorganized, this new edition weaves together the most recent scholarship, the most current thinking in art history, and the most innovative online supplements, including MyArtsLab and the Prentice Hall Digital Art Library. .   features four lightweight, paperback books packaged together along with optional access to a powerful student website, , making the text more student friendly than ever.  Janson’s History of Art is still available in the and in  . The Portable Edition is comprised of four books, each representing a major period of art…
Author(s): Penelope J.E. Davies, Walter B. Denny, et al.

5. The Ancient Near East: A History by William W. Hallo, William Kelly Simpson(August 8, 1997) Paperback (1700)

 Best Ancient History Books Worth Your AttentionPaperback Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing (1700) ASIN: B014S2KATQ Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,610,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): William W. Hallo, William Kelly Simpson

6. A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture (2013)

 Best Ancient History Books Worth Your AttentionWritten by five leading authorities on the classical world, A Brief History of Ancient Greece: Politics, Society, and Culture, Third Edition, is a shorter version of the authors’ highly successful Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History, Third Edition (OUP, 2011). It offers a captivating account of Greek civilization and history in all its complexity and variety, covering the entire period from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic Era.FEATURES* New! Extensively revised coverage of early Greece by new coauthor David Tandy* New! Expanded discussions of…
Author(s): Sarah B. Pomeroy , Stanley M. Burstein , et al.

7. An Outline History of Western Music (1997)

 Best Ancient History Books Worth Your AttentionThis succinct overview of the development of Western music can help students of all levels understand the evolution of musical styles. Although the text is only half the size of most music histories, it is enhanced by the many cross-references to the best anthologies and recordings for further information and examples….
Author(s): Milo Wold, Gary Martin, et al.

8. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome (2016)

 Best Ancient History Books Worth Your AttentionNew York Times Bestseller A New York Times Notable Book Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Wall Street Journal, the Economist,Foreign Affairs, and Kirkus Reviews Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction) Shortlisted for the Cundill Prize in Historical Literature Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (History) A San Francisco Chronicle Holiday Gift Guide Selection A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice SelectionA sweeping, “magisterial” history of the Roman Empire from one of our foremost…
Author(s): Mary Beard

9. A History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Education: From Ancient Civilizations to the Modern World (2013)

 Best Ancient History Books Worth Your AttentionMechikoff’s A History and Philosophy of Sport and Physical Education offers an engaging and informative overview of the philosophy of sport from Egypt to Ancient Greece and on to the present time. From Mesoamerica and Ancient Greece to the Olympic Games, the book touches on religion, politics, social movements, and individuals as they contributed to the development of sport and physical education. An extensive array of pedagogical tools–including timelines, comprehensive lists of chapter objectives, suggested websites, and discussion questions–aid the learning experience.Instructors and…
Author(s): Robert A Mechikoff

10. Polynesians: Prehistory of an Island People (Ancient Peoples & Places) (1987)

 Best Ancient History Books Worth Your AttentionDescribes what is known or surmised through archaeological records about the prehistoric culture of Polynesian peoples, their languages, navigational skills, arts and customs…
Author(s): Peter Bellwood

Best Ancient History Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some ancient history books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Ancient Tibet : research materials from the Yeshe de Project.

ID: 1209020, Publisher: Dharma Publishing, Year: ©1986., Size: 5 Mb, Format: pdf

Roman Political Thought

Author(s): Jed W. Atkins
ID: 2423684, Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Year: 31 Mar 2018, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub

Aftershock: The Ancient Cataclysm That Erased Human History

Author(s): Brien Foerster
ID: 2412190, Publisher: Independently published, Year: 23 Jun 2016, Size: 14 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really hot items according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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