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Does anyone have any book recommendations for someone starting an Ancient History degree?
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David Abulafia: The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean
Susan Wise Bauer: History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
Mary Beard: SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
Peter R.L. Brown: The World of Late Antiquity 150-750
Peter A. Clayton: Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt
Anthony Everitt's books on Rome (including biographies)
Robin Lane Fox: The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian
Charles Freeman: Egypt, Greece and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean
Adrian Goldsworthy's books on Rome
Tom Holland's books on Rome
Tom Holland: Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
Paul Kriwaczek: Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization
J.E. Lendon: Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity
Marc Van De Mieroop: A History of Ancient Egypt
Marc Van De Mieroop: A History of the Ancient Near East
Simon Price: The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine
John Romer: A History of Ancient Egypt series
Christopher Scarre: Chronicle of the Roman Emperors: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome
Ian Shaw: The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt
Joyce A. Tyldesley's books on Egypt (including the "biographies" of pharaohs)
John Warry: Warfare in the Classical World
Robin A.H. Waterfield: Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire
Toby Wilkinson: Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt: The History of a Civilisation from 3000 BC to Cleopatra
The Cambridge Ancient History, 2nd edition Series

also (less relevant, or less good):
William J. Bernstein: A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World from Prehistory to Today
Will Durant & Ariel Durant's Civilization series
Christopher Hibbert: Rome: The Biography of a City
Jean Manco: Blood of the Celts
Ian Morris: Why the West Rules—for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future
Simon Montefiore: Jerusalem: The Biography
Justin Pollard: The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern World
Simon Schama: The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BCE – 1492 CE


Works by ancient historians:
Ammianus Marcellinus
Appian
Arrian
Caesar
Cassius Dio
Herodotus
Livy
Polybius
Suetonius
Tacitus
Thucydides


Mythology:
Thomas Bulfinch: The Age of Fable
Mark P.O. Morford: Classical Mythology
Robin A.H. Waterfield: The Greek Myths

You can borrow many of these works for free if you have an account at the openlibrary website.
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David Abulafia: The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean
Susan Wise Bauer: History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
Mary Beard: SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
Peter R.L. Brown: The World of Late Antiquity 150-750
Peter A. Clayton: Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt
Anthony Everitt's books on Rome (including biographies)
Robin Lane Fox: The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian
Charles Freeman: Egypt, Greece and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean
Adrian Goldsworthy's books on Rome
Tom Holland's books on Rome
Tom Holland: Persian Fire: The First World Empire and the Battle for the West
Paul Kriwaczek: Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization
J.E. Lendon: Soldiers and Ghosts: A History of Battle in Classical Antiquity
Marc Van De Mieroop: A History of Ancient Egypt
Marc Van De Mieroop: A History of the Ancient Near East
Simon Price: The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine
John Romer: A History of Ancient Egypt series
Christopher Scarre: Chronicle of the Roman Emperors: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial Rome
Ian Shaw: The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt
Joyce A. Tyldesley's books on Egypt (including the "biographies" of pharaohs)
John Warry: Warfare in the Classical World
Robin A.H. Waterfield: Dividing the Spoils: The War for Alexander the Great's Empire
Toby Wilkinson: Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt: The History of a Civilisation from 3000 BC to Cleopatra
The Cambridge Ancient History, 2nd edition Series

also (less relevant, or less good):
William J. Bernstein: A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World from Prehistory to Today
Will Durant & Ariel Durant's Civilization series
Christopher Hibbert: Rome: The Biography of a City
Jean Manco: Blood of the Celts
Ian Morris: Why the West Rules—for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future
Simon Montefiore: Jerusalem: The Biography
Justin Pollard: The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern World
Simon Schama: The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BCE – 1492 CE


Works by ancient historians:
Ammianus Marcellinus
Appian
Arrian
Caesar
Cassius Dio
Herodotus
Livy
Polybius
Suetonius
Tacitus
Thucydides


Mythology:
Thomas Bulfinch: The Age of Fable
Mark P.O. Morford: Classical Mythology
Robin A.H. Waterfield: The Greek Myths

You can borrow many of these works for free if you have an account at the openlibrary website.
Thank you, appreciate the recommendations!
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