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Ancient Greece was a civilization belonging to a period of Greek history from the Greek Dark Ages of the 12th–9th centuries BCE to the end of antiquity (c. 600 CE). This era was immediately followed by the Early Middle Ages and the Byzantine period. Roughly three centuries after the Late Bronze Age collapse of Mycenaean Greece, Greek urban poleis began to form in the 8th century BC, ushering in the Archaic period and colonization of the Mediterranean Basin. This was followed by the age of Classical Greece, from the Greco-Persian Wars to the 5th to 4th centuries BCE. The conquests of Alexander the Great of Macedon spread Hellenistic civilization from the western Mediterranean to Central Asia. The Hellenistic period ended with the conquest of the eastern Mediterranean world by the Roman Republic, and the annexation of the Roman province of Macedonia in Roman Greece, and later the province of Achaea during the Roman Empire.

Classical Greek culture, especially philosophy, had a powerful influence on Ancient Rome, which carried a version of it throughout the Mediterranean and much of Europe. For this reason, Classical Greece is generally considered the cradle of Western civilization, the seminal culture from which the modern West derives many of its founding archetypes and ideas in politics, philosophy, science, and art.


Book recommendations pertaining to Ancient Greece.

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
BullElliott, David2019YAClassical Age3000 BCEEuropeGreeceAthens
Theseus and the Minotaur
MN
The Song of AchillesMiller, Madeline2012YA
A
Classical Age1200 BCEEuropeGreeceAchilles
LGBTQ+
MN
The Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the WarLittle, Emily1988LE
MG
Classical Age1194–1184 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarNFCB
ER
Inside the Walls of TroyMcLaren, Clemence1996YAClassical Age1194–1184 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMN
Helen of TroyGeorge, Margaret1997AClassical Age1194–1184 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan War
Helen of Troy
F
Bio
N
A Thousand ShipsHaynes, Natalie2021YA
A
Classical Age1194–1184 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMN
The Trojan WarColidge, Olivia2001UMG
YA
Classical Age1194–1184 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMCB
The Silence of the GirlsBarker, Pat2019YA
A
Classical Age1194–1184 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMN
Tales from the Odyssey, Part 1Pope Osborne, Mary2010MGClassical Age1184-1174 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMCB
Waiting for OdysseusMcLaren, Clemence2000YAClassical Age1184–1174 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMN
The Adventures of OdysseusLupton, Hugh2012MGClassical Age1184-1174 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMPB
CB
Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the IliadSutcliff, Rosemary2005MG
UMG
Classical Age1184 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMN
Tales from the Odyssey, Part 2Pope Osborne, Mary2010MGClassical Age1184-1174 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMCB
The Iliad and the OdysseyWilliams, Marcia2006LE
MG
Classical Age1184-1174 BCEEuropeGreeceAchilles
Trojan War
PB
The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the OdysseySutcliff, Rosemary2005MG
UMG
Classical Age1184-1174 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMN
QuiverSpinner, Stephanie2002UMG
YA
Classical Age900-800 BCEEuropeGreeceGreek MythologyM
F
HF
N
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek MythsD'Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar1992LE
MG
Classical Age900–850 BCEEuropeGreeceGreek MythologyMPB
Explore Ancient Greece!Van Vleet, Carmella2008LE
MG
Classical Age800–150 BCEEuropeGreeceAncient GreeceNFPB
CirceMiller, Madeline2018YA
A
Classical Age800 BCEEuropeGreeceGreek MythologyMN
You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Greek AthleteFord, Michael2014LE
MG
Classical Age776 BCEEuropeGreeceOlympicsNFPB
What’s Your Angle, Pythagoras?Ellis, Julie2004LEClassical Age570-495 BCEEuropeGreeceMathematics
Pythagoras
NF
Bio
PB
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Slave in Ancient GreeceMacdonald, Fiona2013LE
MG
Classical Age500-401 BCEEuropeGreeceAncient GreeceNFPB
Daughter of SpartaAndrews, Claire2021YA
A
Classical Age400 BCEEuropeGreeceSpartaMN
Alexander the Great: Master of the Ancient WorldBendick, Jeanne2010UMG
YA
Classical Age356-323 BCEEuropeGreeceMacedonia
Alexander the Great
NF
Bio
CB
The Sand-ReckonerBradshaw, Gillian2001YA
A
Classical Age287-212 BCEEuropeGreeceMathematicsFN
Archimedes and the Door of ScienceBendick, Jeanne1995UMGClassical Age287-212 BCEEuropeGreeceMathematicsNF
Bio
CB
The Librarian Who Measured the EarthLasky, Kathryn1994LEClassical Age276-194 BCEEuropeGreeceMathematics
Eratosthenes
NF
Bio
PB

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List of abbreviations:
Reading Age Genre Format
LE = lower elementary
MG = middle grade (8-12 yrs.)
UMG = upper-middle grade (11-14 yrs.)
YA = young adult (14+)
A = adult (18+)
NF - non fiction
F = fiction
Bio = biography
HF = historical fantasy
AH = alternate history
OV - own voices
M = mythology
S = spine book
PB = picture book
GN = graphic novel
ER = early reader
CB = chapter book
B = book (NF)
N = novel