May 8, 2010

Ancient Europe including Greece and Rome

A list for Ancient Europe, up through high school. We've read quite a few of these so the reviews are at Goodreads. Where a book is listed under 'we don't want to use again', that means I've read it and don't want to use it again! Some of the books for high school I want to read first to make sure we can discuss anything I may not agree with philosophically or religiously.


Baldwin’s Famous Stories available at

Monument Builders
Children's Atlas of Civilizations 36-37
Usborne Encyclopedia of World History 122-123

Children's Atlas of Civilizations 38-39
Usborne Encyclopedia of World History 124-127

Children's Atlas of Civilizations 38-39
Usborne Encyclopedia of World History 128-131

Greece- 1100 BC to 146 BC
Children's Atlas of Civilizations 40-41
Usborne Encyclopedia of World History 154-161
CHOTW (Child’s History of the World) 91-130

Books to use again
First Marathon: The Story of Pheidippides - Susan Reynolds
Great Alexander The Great - Joe Lasker
Hour of the Olympics - Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House)
Theseus and the Minotaur - C.J. Naden (not the best though – try Spinner book first)
Trojan Horse - Emily Little

Books we don’t want to use again
Favorite Greek Myths - Mary Pope Osborne
Greek Myths - Geraldine McCaughrean
Growing up in Ancient Greece – Chelepi
Parthenon - Elizabeth Mann
Roman Twins - Roy Gerrard
Theseus and the Minotaur - Warwick Hutton
Trojan Horse - David Clement –Davies
Twelve Labors of Hercules – James Riordan

Books we want to try to find
Adventures in Ancient Greece - Linda Bailey
Alexander the Great: The Legend of a Warrior King - Peter Chrisp
An Ancient Greek Temple: The Story of the Building of the Temples in Ancient Greece - John Malam
Ancient Greece - Louise Schofield
Ancient Greeks (Elite) - Nicholas Sekunda (more for visual)
Army of Alexander the Great - Nicholas Sekunda (more for visual)
Asterix at the Olympic Games - Rene Giscinny (many more Asterix books if kids like them)
Brave Three Hundred - Baldwin 50 Famous Stories
Conqueror and Hero: The Search for Alexander - Stephen Krensky
Damon and Pythias; and A Laconic Answer (Greek)- Baldwin 50 Famous Stories
Discoveries, Inventions and Ideas: The Ancient Greeks - Jane Shuter
Eureka! - Baldwin's 30 More Famous Stories (287 BC - Archimedes)
Flying Horse: The Story of Pegasus - Jane Mason
Greek Hoplite - Martin Windrow (more for visual)
Greek Hoplite - Nicholas Sekunda (more for visual)
Greeks (Footsteps in Time) - Sally Hewitt (crafts and short descriptions)
In Search of Knossos: The Quest for the Minotaur's Labyrinth - Giovanni Caselli
Jason and the Argonauts - Felicity Brooks
Jason and the Golden Fleece - Claudia Zeff
Modern Rhymes...Greece By Susan Altman
Monster in the Maze: The Story of the Minotaur - Stephanie Spinner
Mr. Semolina-Semolinus: A Greek Folktale - Anthony Manna
Paper Through the Ages - Shaaron Cosner
Parthenon - Peter Chrisp
Run With Me, Nike - Cassandra Case
Spartan Army - Nicholas Sekunda (more for visual)
Sword of Damocles (Greek) - Baldwin 50 Famous Stories
World in the Time of Alexander the Great - Fiona MacDonald
Usborne Greeks
You Wouldn't Want to be in Alexander the Great's Army - Jaqueline Morley
You Wouldn't Want to be a Greek Athlete - Michael Ford

Middle School
Books to use:
Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad – Rosemary Sutcliff
Wanderings of Odysseus – Rosemary Sutcliff (sequel to Black Ships)
Alexander the Great - Gunther (336 BC)
Alexander the Great - Robert Green
Archimedes and the Door to Science - Jeanne Bendick
Children’s Homer -- Padriac Colum
Cupid and Psyche - M. Charlotte Craft
D'aulaire's Book of Greek Myths - Ingri D'aulaire
Exploits of Xenophon - Geoffrey Household (354 BC)
Famous Men of Greece – John Haaren (online, Baldwin Project - also guide)
Gods and Goddesses of Olympus - Aliki
Golden Days of Greece - Olivia Coolidge (time of Pericles)
Golden Fleece: And the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles - Padraic Colum
Greek Gazette - Paul Dowswell (Newspaper series)
Greek Gods and Goddesses - Geraldine McCaughrean
Greek Gods and Heroes - Robert Graves
Greek Myths for Young Children – Heather Amery
Greek News - James Putman (528 to 326 BC)
Hittite Warrior – Joanne Williamson
How Would You Survive As an Ancient Greek? - Fiona MacDonald
I Wonder Why the Greeks Built Temples – Fiona MacDonald
In Search of a Homeland - Penelope Lively (story of the Aeneid)
In Search of Troy : One man's quest for Homer's fabled city - Giovanni Caselli
Librarian Who Measured the Earth - Kathryn Lasky
Plutarch's Lives - Clough (begin reading a little every day or once a week from here on out)
Robber Baby: Stories From the Greek Myths - Anne Rockwell
Spartan - Caroline Dale Snedeker
Tales of the Greek Heroes – Roger Green
Theras and His Town - Caroline Dale Snedeker (Greece)
Trojan War - Olivia Coolidge
Twelve Labors of Hercules – Georges Moroz

High School:
Aeneid - Virgil, translated by Robert Fitzgerald
Aeschylus - translated by Richmond Lattimore
Greek Way - Edith Hamilton
Histories - Herodotus, translated by Selincourt
Iliad - translated by Richmond Lattimore
Last Days of Socrates - Plato, translated by Tredennick
Odyssey - translated by Richmond Lattimore
Republic - Plato, translated by Waterfield
Sophocles - Grene and Lattimore
Till We Have Faces - C.S. Lewis
Trial and Death of Socrates – translated by Benjamin Jowett

Scythians - 700 BC to 106 BC
Usborne Encyclopedia of World History162-163

Children's Atlas of Civilizations 42-43

Children's Atlas of Civilizations 44-45

Romans - 750 BC to 250 AD
Children's Atlas of Civilizations 46-47
Time Traveler 66-96
Usborne Encyclopedia of World History 184-195
Child’s History of the World 131-179

Books to use again
Detectives in Togas – Henry Winterfeld
Mystery of the Roman Ransom - Henry Winterfeld (sequel to Detectives in Togas)
Hannibal and His 37 Elephants - Marilyn Hirsh (Carthage to Rome)
Pompeii: Buried Alive – Kunhardt (79 AD)
Vacation Under the Volcano - Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House)

Books we don’t want to use again
Roman Twins - Roy Gerrard
Rome Antics - David Macauley

Books we want to try to find
City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction - David Macaulay
Roman Colosseum - Elizabeth Mann
Roman Colosseum - Fiona MacDonald
Romulus and Remus - Anne Rockwell, also try by Geraldine McCaughrean
See You Later, Gladiator - Jon Scieszka
So You Want to Be a Roman Soldier - Fiona Macdonald
Story of Regulus - Baldwin 50 Famous Stories
Usborne Romans
Who Were the Romans? (Usborne Starting Point History) - Phil Roxbee Cox
You Wouldn't Want to be a Roman Gladiator - John Malam
You Wouldn't Want to be a Roman Soldier - David Stewart

Middle School:
Alexander and Bucephelas; and Diogenes (Greek) - Baldwin 50 Famous Stories
Ancient Rome!: Exploring the Culture, People & Ideas of This Powerful Empire - Avery Hart
Ancient Rome: The Nature Company Discoveries Library - Paul Roberts (Time Life Books) (for visual)
Androcles and the Lion - Dennis Nolan
Androclus and the Lion (Roman) - Baldwin 50 Famous Stories
Asterix the Gaul - Rene Goscinny
Asterix the Gladiator - Rene de Goscinny
Augustus Caeser’s World – Genevieve Foster (44 BC to 12 AD)
Beric the Briton: Roman Invasion - G. A. Henty
Bronze Bow – Elizabeth George Speare (time of Jesus)
Buried City of Pompeii: Picturebook (I Was There) - Shelley Tanaka
Caesar's Gallic Wars - Kate Gilliver (58-50 BC)
Calvaryman – Peter Conolly (prequel is The Legionary)
Cincinnatus - Baldwin 50 Famous Stories
Cornelia's Jewels - Baldwin 50 Famous Stories
Early Roman Armies - Nicholas Sekunda (visual)
Famous Men of Rome – John Haaren, edited by Cynthia Shearer
For the Temple – G.A. Henty
Galen and the Gateway to Medicine – Jeanne Bendick
Gladiator - Richard Watkins
Going to War in Ancient Times - Moira Butterfield
Growing Up in Ancient Rome - Mike Corbishley
Hannibal - Robert Green
Hannibal and His 37 Elephants - Marilyn Hirsh (Carthage to Rome)
Horatius at the Bridge - Baldwin 50 Famous Stories
How Would You Survive as an Ancient Roman? Anita Ganeri
Legionary – Peter Conolly (sequel is The Calvaryman)
Modern Rhymes...Rome By Susan Altman
Outcast - Rosemary Sutcliff (Roman Britain)
Roman Army - John Wilkes (visual)
Roman Colosseum - Don Nardo
Roman Fort – Fiona MacDonald
Roman News - Andrew Langley
Roman Record - Paul Dowswell (Newspaper series)
Science in Ancient Rome
Triumph for Flavius - Caroline Dale Snedeker
We Were There With Caeser's Legions - Robert Webb
Young Carthaginian-The Times of Hannibal - G. A. Henty

High School:
Ben Hur – Lew Wallace (read first)
Beyond the Desert Gate - Mary Ray (sequel to the Ides of March)
Building History: Roman Roads and Aqueducts - Don Nardo
Discovery of New Worlds - M.B. Synge
Eagle of the Ninth – Rosemary Sutcliff (117 – Roman Britian)
For the Temple: A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem - G. A. Henty (70AD)
I, Claudius - Robert Graves (10 BC to 54 AD - Rome, also a movie)
Ides of April - Mary Ray (Roman w/Chrisitanity - sequel is Beyond the Gate)
Lantern Bearers – Rosemary Sutcliff (450 – after Silver Branch - Roman Britain)
Last Days of Pompeii - Edward Lytton
Lives Of Famous Romans - Olivia Coolidge
Julius Caesar and Ancient Rome in World History - James Barter
On the Shores of the Great Sea - M.B. Synge
Plutarch Roman Lives – translated by Robin Waterfield
Quo Vadis? - Henryk Sienkieicz, W. S. Kuniczak (read first)
Silver Branch – Rosemary Sutcliff (sequel to Eagle of the Ninth)
Sword at Sunset – Rosemary Sutcliff (sequel to Lantern Bearers – Roman Britain, start of King Arthur)

Celts - 800 BC to 50 AD
Children's Atlas of Civilizations 48-49
Usborne Encyclopedia of World History 182-183

Children's Atlas of Civilizations 50-51
Usborne Encyclopedia of World History 194-195,


1. Watch Ancient Aegean by Schlessinger Media

1. Use activities from Ancient Greece!: 40 Hands-On Activities to Experience This Wondrous Age - Avery Hart

2. Make a scroll. Glue length of paper to 2 dowels. (Paint to look old first if desired and glue decorative knobs on end). Decorate with Greek alphabet.

3. Make a pot out of clay or playdoh.

4. Make a mask (from the theater) using poster board, yarn, dyed pasta, etc.

5. Olympic games including wrestling.

6. Run a marathon.

7. Reenact a battle or Horiatus at the bridge.

8. Greek feast - pita bread, caesar salad, barley, grape juice, baklava, hummus,

9. Watch Ancient Greece by Schlessinger Media.

10. Write on a wax tablet or use shortening hardened in fridge (on a margarine lid).

11. Carve a stone sculpture out of Ivory soap.

1. Make bracelets and armor like the Romans wore.

2. Design an aqueduct.

3. Make 'Hannibal's Elephant Ears' to eat.

4. Build a catapult. or buy from Love to Learn

5. Roman feast. Eat with fingers the use wet towel to clean. Lower class ate bread. Upper bread, meats, fruits, olives.

6. Build model of Pompeii and blow up Mount Vesuvius.

7. Watch Ancient Rome from Schlessinger Media.

8. Write on a wax tablet or use shortening hardened in fridge (on a margarine lid). Would be especially good for Rome since Detectives in Togas talks about this a lot.

1 comment:

  1. As a family relative but also a fan of Rosemary Sutcliff, I was delighted to see you mentioning some of her work. You may find useful ... Rosemary Sutcliff was homeschooled long before the term became so widespread