Classical Age Booklist

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Book recommendations pertaining to the Classical Age (3000 BCE-400 CE).

Topics include Ancient Greece, Homer, Athens and Sparta, Persia, Mythology and Ancient Rome.

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
BullElliott, David2019YAClassical Age3000 BCEEuropeGreeceAthens
Theseus and the Minotaur
MN
Ancient China: An Interactive History AdventureCollins, Terry Lee2013MGClassical Age2100 BCE-1420 CEAsiaChinaAncient ChinaNFCB
StonehengeCornwell, Bernard2000AClassical Age2000 BCEEuropeGreat BritainStonehengeFN
The History of the World in Fifty DogsLee, Mackenzi2019YAClassical Age1600 BCE-2013 CEWorldVariousDogsNFB
The Song of AchillesMiller, Madeline2012YA
A
Classical Age1200 BCEEuropeGreeceAchilles
LGBTQ+
MN
Helen of TroyGeorge, Margaret1997AClassical Age1194–1184 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan War
Helen of Troy
F
Bio
N
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
A Thousand ShipsHaynes, Natalie2021YA
A
Classical Age1194–1184 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMN
The Silence of the GirlsBarker, Pat2019YA
A
Classical Age1194–1184 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMN
The Trojan WarColidge, Olivia2001UMG
YA
Classical Age1194–1184 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMCB
The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the OdysseySutcliff, Rosemary2005MG
UMG
Classical Age1184-1174 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMN
Tales from the Odyssey, Part 1Pope Osborne, Mary2010MGClassical Age1184-1174 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMCB
The Adventures of OdysseusLupton, Hugh2012MGClassical Age1184-1174 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMPB
CB
Tales from the Odyssey, Part 2Pope Osborne, Mary2010MGClassical Age1184-1174 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMCB
Waiting for OdysseusMcLaren, Clemence2000YAClassical Age1184–1174 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMN
Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the IliadSutcliff, Rosemary2005MG
UMG
Classical Age1184 BCEEuropeGreeceTrojan WarMN
The Iliad and the OdysseyWilliams, Marcia2006LE
MG
Classical Age1184-1174 BCEEuropeGreeceAchilles
Trojan War
PB
The Secret ChordBrooks, Geraldine2015YA
A
Classical Age1010–970 BCEMiddle EastIsraelAncient IsraelFN
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
CirceMiller, Madeline2018YA
A
Classical Age800 BCEEuropeGreeceGreek MythologyMN
Explore Ancient Greece!Van Vleet, Carmella2008LE
MG
Classical Age800–150 BCEEuropeGreeceAncient GreeceNFPB
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
CityMacaulay, David1983LE
MG
Classical Age300 BCE - 150 CEEuropeItalyBuildingFPB
Sita’s RamayanaArni, Samhita2011MGClassical Age300 BCEAsiaIndiaRamayanaMGN
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
Life as a Gladiator: An Interactive History AdventureBurgan, Michael2010MGClassical Age264 BCE-404EuropeItalyRoman GladiatorsNFCB
Hannibal: Rome's Worst NightmareBrooks, Phillip2015UMG
YA
Classical Age247-183 BCEEuropeItalyRoman LegionNF
Bio
CB
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Roman SoldierStewart, Dave2016LE
MG
Classical Age113 BCE - 596 CEEuropeItalyRoman LegionNFPB
The First Man in RomeMcCullough, Colleen1990AClassical Age110–100 BCEEuropeItalyRoman RepublicFN
Julius Caesar: Dictator For LifeRinaldo, Denise2010UMG
YA
Classical Age100-44 BCEEuropeItalyJulius CaesarNF
Bio
CB
The Grass CrownMcCullough, Colleen1991AClassical Age97–86 BCEEuropeItalyRoman RepublicFN
Fortune's FavoritesMcCullough, Colleen1993AClassical Age83–69 BCEEuropeItalyRoman RepublicFN
The Ancient Ocean BluesMitchell, Jack2008UMGClassical Age80 BCEEuropeItalyJulius CaesarFCB
Caesar's WomenMcCullough, Colleen1997AClassical Age67–59 BCEEuropeItalyRoman RepublicFN
CaesarMcCullough, Colleen1998AClassical Age54–48 BCEEuropeItalyRoman RepublicFN
The October HorseMcCullough, Colleen2002AClassical Age48–41 BCEEuropeItalyRoman RepublicFN
Antony and CleopatraMcCullough, Colleen2007AClassical Age41–27 BCEEuropeItaly
Egypt
Roman RepublicFN
You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Roman GladiatorStewart, Dave2016LE
MG
Classical Age1-100EuropeItalyRoman GladiatorsNFPB
Tiger, TigerReid Banks, Lynne1956UMG
YA
Classical Age3EuropeItalyJulius CaesarFCB
Mary, Called MagdaleneGeorge, Margaret2002AClassical Age17–75Middle EastIsraelMary MagdaleneF
Bio
N
The Confessions of Young NeroGeorge, Margaret2002AClassical Age37–54EuropeItalyNeroF
Bio
N
Detectives in TogasWinterfeld, Henry1953MG
UMG
Classical Age40EuropeItalyAncient RomeFCB
Mark of the ThiefNielsen, Jennifer A.2015MG
UMG
Classical Age50EuropeItalyPraetor War
Roman Slaves
F
HF
CB
The Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor NeroGeorge, Margaret2018AClassical Age54–68EuropeItalyNeroF
Bio
N
The Thieves of OstiaLawrence, Caroline2001UMGClassical Age79EuropeItalyAncient RomeFCB
Pompeii... Buried Alive!Kunhardt, Edith1987LEClassical Age79EuropeItalyVolcano
Natural Disasters
NFER
You Wouldn't Want to Live in PompeiiMalam, John2017LE
MG
Classical Age79EuropeItalyVolcano
Natural Disasters
NFPB
The Secrets of VesuviusBisel, Sara1993MG
UMG
Classical Age79EuropeItalyVolcano
Natural Disasters
NFPB
CB
Eagle of the NinthSutcliff, Rosemary1954UMG
YA
Classical Age100EuropeItaly
Great Britain
Roman LegionFN
Roman DiaryPlatt, Richard2009MGClassical Age107EuropeItaly
Greece
Roman SlavesFCB
Galen and the Gateway to MedicineBendick, Jeanne2008UMGClassical Age129-216EuropeItalyMedicineNF
Bio
CB

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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