).You should be able to find most on your public library’s shelf or through inter-library loan. Ihope you’ll pick up one or two or maybe even three to read before we meet again for our studyinto Ancient Rome in January:
D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths
by Ingri and Edgar d’Aulaire – We highly recommend thisclassic on audio to hear the correct pronunciations of the Greek names.
– Photo essay of the ancient Greeks. Learn the history of their culture, philosophy, science, medicine, and the role geography played.
Homer (c. 800BC)
The Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy
by Padriac Colum – A 1965 retelling of Homer’s
for children. The language andvocabulary can be challenging, but worth the effort.
Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad
by Rosemary Sutcliff – A modern retelling of
. It’s the story of the Trojan War, from the quarrel for the golden apple, and theflight of Helen with Paris, to the destruction of Troy.
The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey
by Rosemary Sutcliff – The story of Odysseus’ long years of wandering after the Trojan War. Sutcliff’s retelling makes a niceread aloud. One may say Odysseus’ story is that of everyone’s search for home.
The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge
– Reading before taking on
will help with background information and bring about better understanding. (We recommend the Fitzgeraldtranslation when you get to high school.)
Persian Wars (490-479 BC)Herodotus of Halicarnassus (c. 484-425 BC)
History of the Persian Wars
by Herodotus – Herodotus is known as the “Father of History” eventhough some inaccuracies can be found in his work. He presents an in-depth look into thePersian Wars. Though thousands of years old, this work is readable for an advanced middle-school student.
Herodotus and the Road to History
by Jeanne Bendick (Bethlehem Books) – “Jeanne Bendick'slucid text, humorous illustrations and helpful maps entertain and instruct as they open theway for readers young and old to once again join Herodotus . . . on the road to history.”For the Love of Literature by Maureen Wittmannhttp://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0979760909/catholictreas-20