Last week at the library book sale I picked up some books about the Ancient Greeks.
I know that at some point I will want to find out more about different ancient cultures, so pick up books when I can find them at a good bargain. The books I will share tonight will be tucked away for future reference.
I also like to have different levels of detail about history of different cultures and also works that have been written in different times. It is sometimes interesting to see the progression of what is known about the history of a culture.
The book follows the history of Greece from Prehistory to about 30 B.C.
The Greeks by H. D. F. Kitto was first published in 1951. The approach for this book is a bit different than the previous one as it is less of a sequential history and more of a study of the culture in different eras.
The Portable Greek Historians: The Essence of Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon and Polybius is edited by M. I. Finley. The book has selections from these four Greek historians. I of course have more complete works of some of them in my stacks.
Greek Society by Frank J. Frost was published in 1971. This book follows Greek society a bit further up to the 5th century A.D. and also benefits from additional years of archaeological exploration and historical research.
One interesting note is that H. D. F. Kitto reviewed most of the manuscript before it was published. At that time he was in his 70’s.
I shared this book before in my post Historic Book Acquisitions IV.
Myths and Legends of the Greeks compiled by Nicola Ann Sissons is a collection of classic Greek tales. The book is for intermediate readers and has nice illustrations by Rafaello Busoni.
The books are now tucked away for later reading, but not before browsing through them looking at maps, illustrations and chapter listings.
Do you have a favorite event in Greek History?