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Old March 6th, 2019 #1
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Default What are some must read books regarding the Ancient Greeks and Romans?

I only ask because I am currently reading and recording audiobooks that are much more modern, but there will come a point where I will wish to study the classical Greeks and Romans in depth. The only problem is that any library is stacked to the brim with information on this time period, and I only have so much time on my hands.

What are some must reads on this?
 
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Plutarch's Lives is an excellent primary source.
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Plutarch's Lives is an excellent primary source.
I will definitely add this to my reading this. Thank you!
 
Old March 7th, 2019 #4
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What are some must reads on this?
The ancient Greeks and Romans wrote on completely different topics.

Some of them wrote poems, plays, hymns, epigrams, etc.

Other people wrote about ancient history or they wrote memoirs as witnesses of events.

Other people left their speeches intended for their citizens or for court.

Other people wrote treatises on philosophy, rhetoric, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, etc.

What do you want to read?
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Following is a link to the Table of contents of the Great Books of the Western World
(2nd edition, 1990) ::

http://www.bopsecrets.org/gateway/bo...greatbooks.htm

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Homer, The Iliad, The Odyssey

The Iliad most definitely.
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The meditations of Marcus Aurelius

http://classics.mit.edu/Antoninus/meditations.html

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2680
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I'm reading Plutarch's Lives right now, and I just encountered these opening sentences to the book on Pericles:
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The emperor Augustus once caught sight of some wealthy foreigners in Rome, who were carrying about young monkeys and puppies in their arms and caressing them with a great show of affection. We are told that he asked them whether the women in those countries did not bear children, thus rebuking in truly imperial fashion those who squander upon animals that capacity for love and affection which in the natural order of things should be reserved for our fellow men.
Quite relevant to our own times, do you think? The only difference is that, today, it is not foreigners who squander love and affection on lower animals; it is our own people.
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