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What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
I feel like I need to be more educated on some of the ancient works.

I have read Iliad and Odyssey, have both in my library, as well as Plato's Republic. Want to own/read some more.

Off top of head, thinking about reading:

Sophocles' Three Theban Plays

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Aeneid



beachdude
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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
Annals of Imperial Rome by Tacitus


sertorius
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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
The primary sources and epics are the best suggestions of course, but Will Durant's work on the Greeks and Romans are very thorough, insightful, and well-written.




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biglego
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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
Thucydides on the Peloponnesian War.
Josephus on the Jewish revolt


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wordsmith
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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
Livy's The Early History of Rome.


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thatguy45
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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
For Greeks

- The Argonautika - Apollonius of Rhodes

- The Histories - Herodotus

- History of the Peloponesian war - Thucydides

- Hellenica - Xenophon

- Theogony & Works and Days - Hesiod

- The Orestian Trilogy - Aeschylus

- Anabasis - Xenophon

- Anabasis of Alexander - Arrian

And a book of the lost epic fragments or posthomerica will help to round out the epic cycle (the cycle that contains Homer's works among others) it's self
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bayoubengals88
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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
None of them. That crap is boring. History began when Rome fell.
That’s when Western society got interesting.


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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
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HailHailtoMichigan!


Commentarii de Bello Gallico

Julius Caesar's personal account of the wars in Gaul



Htowntiger90
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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
I, Claudius by Robert Graves. It's a novel written as an autobiography of Claudius. Good book and informative too. The audio book I checked out from EBRPL was very entertaining.
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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
Horace's Odes
Ovid's Metamorphoses
Cicero's de Republica

Virgil, Livy, Tacitus, etc.


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sertorius
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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
bayoubengals88,

What parts of Roman history do you know that you find uninteresting? Early monarchy? Tarquinius Superbus throwing Servius, his father-in-law, down the stairs of the Curia? Early Republican history? Verginia's father stabbing her to death with a butcher's knife so that she avoid the lustful and corrupt Appius Claudius the Decemvir? Perhaps the later Republican period? Gaius Marius' shameful end to an otherwise glorious career - a "reign of terror" for the Second Founder of Rome who had conquered the invading Teutones? Or perhaps Gaius Octavius' cementing of imperial power where his great uncle (Julius Caesar) had failed? I won't even mention Elagabalus, perhaps he's too scandalous. You find these dull, eh? Or have you just not yet familiarized yourself with the details of Roman history, the foundations of Western Civilization?


tigahbruh
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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
Something of a tangent, but the Apocrypha, Gnostic gospels, and other lesser known early Christian works. The heretical ones can get really weird...and interesting.
Just try not to get sucked into the vortex of history conspiracy theories associated with them (Dan Brown is a fiction writer)


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ManBearTiger
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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
Zackary Schneider's 300
This post was edited on 9/1 at 7:37 pm


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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
Plutarch's Parallel lives is enjoyable.


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thatguy45
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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
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Zackary Schneider's 300

One of those cases where it's good, but not as good as the book
Kinda like troy


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volnavy
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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
I'll second I, Claudius and add 12 Caesars


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prplhze2000
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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
Plutarch
Suetonius
Tacitus

Fun read is Colleen McCullough's First Man in Rome series.


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dirtsandwich
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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
The Nicomachean Ethics.


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SetTheMood
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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
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Commentarii de Bello Gallico

Julius Caesar's personal account of the wars in Gaul


I had to translate most of this in my 4th latin at LSU, and it still gives me nightmares (the translation work). Caesar was very Trump-esque in his self aggrandizement and derision of his opponents.


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biglego
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re: What are the must read roman and ancient greek books?
Bayoubengal is just fricking around. Doesn’t merit a response.


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