Yesterday’s Classics Ancient Greece Books / Librivox Audio Books

In order to answer several people’s questions about how to organize the Yesterday’s Classics books into a quick reference guide for studying Ancient Greek history, I decided to just list them quickly in a post.  I have not read all of these – I’ve read quite a few – but what I have read have been wonderful!!  Any that are marked with an asterisk ** are also available as free audio books from Librivox.org by clicking on the Catalog button.   Hope this helps someone!

Yesterday’s Classics Ancient Greece Books

Comprehensive histories (spines) for Ancient Greece include:

  • Streams of History: Ancient Greece by Ellwood W. Kemp
  • The Story of Greece by Mary MacGregor
  • The Story of the Greeks by H.A. Guerber
  • On the Shores of the Great Sea by M. B. Synge  (chapters 16-33) **

Gods, Goddesses and Myths:

  • Stories of the Ancient Greeks by Charles D. Shaw – the first 32 stories are myths
  • A Wonder Book for Boys and Girls by Nathaniel Hawthorne – (These are fabulous!)
  • Tanglewood Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne **
  • Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew by Josephine Preston Peabody
  • Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Francillon
  • Old Greek Stories by James Baldwin **
  • Favorite Greek Myths by Lilian Stoughton Hyde
  • Stories of Old Greece by Emma M. Firth

Biographies of the Ancient Greeks:

  • Famous Men of Greece by John H. Haaren **
  • Stories of the Ancient Greeks by Charles D. Shaw – the last 32 stories are biographies
  • Men of Old Greece by Jennie Hall
  • The Children’s Plutarch: Tales of the Greeks by F. J. Gould
  • Plutarch’s Lives for Boys and Girls by W. H. Weston
  • Our Young Folk’s Plutarch by Rosalie Kaufman

For additional stories written and told by the Greeks themselves:

  • Stories from Plato and Other Classic Writers by Mary E. Burt
  • Stories from the Greek Tragedians by Alfred J. Church

For additional information about the geography and exploring Ancient Greece:

  • Peeps at Many Lands: Ancient Greece by James Baikie

Age of the Heroes:

  • A Story of the Golden Age of Greek Heroes by James Baldwin – tells the story of the Greeks up to the time the Iliad and the Oddessy when the Trojan War begins.
  • The Heroes by Charles Kingsley **
  • Gods and Heroes by Robert Edward Fracillon – the section on heroes starts with “The Adventure of Perseus”
  • Old Greek Stories by James Baldwin – starts with the section titled “The Quest of Medusa’s Head”

The history and people of the Trojan War which was fought from 1010 – 1000 BC.  This story is told by the poet Homer in his poem The Iliad. The Trojan War began after  the Trojan Prince Paris enjoys a stay with the Spartan King Menelaus in his country.  Paris steals Queen Helen when King Menelaus was gone from the palace and returns to Troy. 

  • The Iliad for Boys and Girls by Alfred J. Church (the Trojan War)**
  • The Aeneid for Boys and Girls by Alfred J. Church (the Trojan survivors story)
  • The Oddessy for Boys and Girls by Alfred J. Church (Greek soldier Odysseus’ journey home)

*The Romans called Odysseus by the name Ulysses.

The Rise of the Individual City-States

  • Our Little Spartan Cousin of Long Ago by Julia Darrow Cowles
  • Our Little Athenian Cousin of Long Ago by Julia Darrow Cowles

Peloponnesian War caused by jealousy between Sparta and Athens.  Sparta is the head of the Peloponnesian States and had a great army. Athens was the head of an empire created out of subdued city-states and had a great navy.

  • Three Greek Children by Alfred J. Church (YC)
  • Going to War in Ancient Greece by Adrian Gilbert (YC)

Conquering of Greece by Alexander the Great:

  • Our Little Macedonian Cousin of Long Ago by Julia Darrow Cowles
  • Alexander the Great by Jacob Abbott **
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One thought on “Yesterday’s Classics Ancient Greece Books / Librivox Audio Books

  1. karenspath

    Using this to find some books for Honeybee’s Kindle…. Thanks! Any really good books we need to know about? She has Pollyanna and Pollyanna Grows Up.

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