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Greek and Roman Classics

Radagast the Brown
 
The Iliad / The Odyssey
The Iliad / The Odyssey
"The first great work of literature, you will be enthralled by the wonderful story, and Fagles' translation is top of the line."
The Aeneid
The Aeneid
"This is a continuation of the Iliad and Odyssey, and it covers the foundation of Rome."
The Republic (Penguin Classics)
The Republic (Penguin Classics)
"This is Plato's magnum opus, a true tour de force of governmental philosophy."
The Basic Works of Aristotle (Modern Library Classics)
The Basic Works of Aristotle (Modern Library Classics)
"It is too hard to choose just one of Aristotle's many classics, so read them all."
The Histories
The Histories
"This is the first true work of history, although it does contain a certain number of anecdotes and the facts aren't always thoroughly checked."
History of the Peloponnesian War
History of the Peloponnesian War
"This work, a sequel to Herodotus, is more concerned with fact than its predecessor."
Hippocrates, Volume IV:  Nature of Man (Loeb Classical Library, No. 150)
Hippocrates, Volume IV: Nature of Man (Loeb Classical Library, No. 150)
"There's a reason he's still considered the father of medicine."
The Rise of the Roman Empire (Penguin Classics)
The Rise of the Roman Empire (Penguin Classics)
"Polybius was an eye witness to the events he describes, so you can be promised accuracy."
Livy: The Early History of Rome, Books I-V (Penguin Classics) (Bks. 1-5)
Livy: The Early History of Rome, Books I-V (Penguin Classics) (Bks. 1-5)
"Livy is by far my favorite of the Roman historians, and can be enjoyed by all people."
The Twelve Caesars (Penguin Classics)
The Twelve Caesars (Penguin Classics)
"This book reads more like a modern gossip magazine than a work of history, but it is still very fun to read."
Cicero: Selected Political Speeches (Penguin Classics)
Cicero: Selected Political Speeches (Penguin Classics)
"Cicero was the greatest orator of Roman times, and this is a collection of his greatest speeches."
Plutarch's Lives Volume 1 (Modern Library Classics)
Plutarch's Lives Volume 1 (Modern Library Classics)
"Plutarch was the first true biographer, and his comparisons of Greek and Roman leaders is a must read for anyone interested in either military or government leadership."
Sophocles, The Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone
Sophocles, The Oedipus Cycle: Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone
"The greatest of the Greek playwrights."
On the Nature of the Universe (Penguin Classics)
On the Nature of the Universe (Penguin Classics)
"An interesting work of Roman philosophy."
The Conquest of Gaul (Penguin Classics)
The Conquest of Gaul (Penguin Classics)
"Caesar is one of the truly great military historians."
Ten Books on Architecture
Ten Books on Architecture
"An amazing look at ancient architecture."
Ptolemy's Almagest
Ptolemy's Almagest
"The book that proposed that the earth was the center of the universe."
Natural History: A Selection (Penguin Classics)
Natural History: A Selection (Penguin Classics)
"A comprehensive encyclopedia of all the knowledge of the natural world known in the first century AD."
The Annals of Imperial Rome (Penguin Classics)
The Annals of Imperial Rome (Penguin Classics)
"He treats each of the Roman emperors with an equal amount of scorn."