Reference materials for the beginning classicist

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The list author says: "The goal of this list is to provide good, reliable titles that are available in cheap used copies. I have found them invaluable for reading the Classics in translation (penguin, oxford classics, etc)"
An Intelligent Person's Guide to Classics (Intelligent Person's Guide Series)
1.  An Intelligent Person's Guide to Classics (Intelligent Person's Guide Series) by P. V. Jones
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  "The best general introduction to the "classics" that I've read."
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Learn Latin: The Book of the 'Daily Telegraph' Q.E.D.Series (Greek and Latin Language)
2.  Learn Latin: The Book of the 'Daily Telegraph' Q.E.D.Series (Greek and Latin Language) by P. V. Jones
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  "A relatively easy introduction to Latin, this will give you a good basic knowledge of how latin works, and the confidence needed if you decide to continue."
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Learn Ancient Greek (Greek and Latin Language)
3.  Learn Ancient Greek (Greek and Latin Language) by P. V. Jones
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  "The same as above, but for Greek. If you continue, I would recommend the JACT Reading Greek series."
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A History of Greek Literature
4.  A History of Greek Literature by Moses Hadas
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  "Hadas is very accessible, and does not assume any knowledge of Greek. The bibliography of translations unfortunately does not go past 1950."
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History of Latin Literature
5.  History of Latin Literature by Moses Hadas
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  "Same as above, but for latin literature. I would suggest buying these two used."
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Ancilla to Classical Reading
6.  Ancilla to Classical Reading by Moses Hadas
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  "Contains some anecdotes and supplementary material not included in the two histories."
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Classics in Translation
7.  Classics in Translation by P. V. Jones
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  "Contains examples and recommendations of translations of some classical authors. By no means comprehensive, but it will get you started. (Yes, I love Peter Jones [platonically])"
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The Oxford History of the Classical World
8.  The Oxford History of the Classical World by John Boardman
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  "Not a standard chronological history but a lot of good material on art, literature, etc. Contains an Excellent bibliography."
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The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization
9.  The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization by Tony Spawforth
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  "A good, cheap alternative to the Oxford Classical Dictionary."
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Smaller Classical Dictionary (A Dutton paperback)
10.  Smaller Classical Dictionary (A Dutton paperback) by Sir William Smith
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  "Excellent small dictionary, good for keeping bedside for quick reference."
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Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome
11.  Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome by Roy Adkins
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  "Outstanding basic reference for the day to day life of Romans, or Greeks below."
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Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece
12.  Handbook to Life in Ancient Greece by Roy Adkins
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Atlas of the Roman World (Cultural Atlas of)
13.  Atlas of the Roman World (Cultural Atlas of) by Tim Cornell
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  "IMHO much better than the penguin atlases. I would recommend avoiding at all costs the Michael Grant atlas in its many incarnations."
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The Greek World (Cultural Atlas of)
14.  The Greek World (Cultural Atlas of) by Peter Levi
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  "Both the Roman and Greek editions of this atlas have been in several editions. Look around and you should be able to find a relatively cheap used copy."
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A Guide to the Ancient World: A Dictionary of Classical Place Names (Specialized Dictionaries)
15.  A Guide to the Ancient World: A Dictionary of Classical Place Names (Specialized Dictionaries) by Michael Grant
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  "The only book of it's kind that I'm aware of. Try reading Herodotus or Thucydides and you'll see just how bewildering classical geography can be."
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A History of Rome: Down to the Reign of Constantine
16.  A History of Rome: Down to the Reign of Constantine by Max Cary
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  "Cary and Bury authored the best (imho) one volume histories of Greece and Rome. Look around and you should be able to find a used volume cheap. Same with the Greek history below."
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History of Greece to the Death of Alexander the Great
17.  History of Greece to the Death of Alexander the Great by J. B. Bury
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