Free Ancient-history books (you pay shipping, in the US only)

    Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and general ancient history, and even some fiction.

I have been buying ancient-history books for over 40 years. It is time to pass some along to the next generation. 
Recently I have gone to book sales and bought all their ancient-history books to give away to ancient-coin collectors. I want people to enjoy anicent history and you can't do that without knowing some of it!

How it works: Shipping, media-mail, in the US only.  Small books are totally free if you have already paid basic postage for an order from my page on ancient-coin books: (There the first book or catalog costs the basic postage of $3.50 to ship)
or if you paid basic postage for an ancient coin from:

For regular-sized books I want you to cover my cost of extra postage which is 75 cents for most books. For some I want more postage because they are large, and the amount more is given at the book, for example, "$1 extra" means it will cost you $1.75 in addition to the rest of your order of coin-books or coins. Order as many as you want; I am trying to give them away!


To order, or to ask a question, contact me, Warren, at  .   After I confirm your order and the total you may pay with PayPal or a check. Do not attempt to order if you are not in the US.   If a book has been ordered already, it will be marked in purple "GONE". 

If a book has underlining or other serious flaws, I will note the flaws (Almost all do not).

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General Ancient   


Aspects of Antiquity, by M. I. Finely. "Discoveries and Controversies". Penguin paperback. Second edition. 1977. 216 pages. 

The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature, edited by Howatson and Chilvers, small format paperback, but thick at 575 pages. [50 cents extra]

The Ancient City, by Fustel de Coulanges. "A classic study of the religious and civil institutions of ancient Greece and Rome." Small format paperback. 396 pages. Reprinted many times. A very old work, translated in 1853.  [No extra postage. Just free.]



Problems in Ancient History, Volume I, The Ancient Near East and Greece.  Edited by Donald Kagan. 1966. Large paperback. 443 pages. A supplement to a college history narative text to provide "material for instructive, and hopefully, exciting discussions" on selected topics. Looks good but I have not read it.  [$1 extra]

Bronzeworkers in the Athenian Agora, American School of Classical Studies pamphlet. Cardcover. 1982. 32 pages of mostly illustrations. [No extra postage. Just free. GONE]

Amphoras and the Ancient Wine Trade, American School of Classical Studies pamphlet. 1979. Cardcover. 30 pages of mostly illustrations. [No extra postage. Just free. GONE]

Graffiti in the Athenian Agora, American School of Classical Studies pamphlet. 1988. Cardcover. 32 pages of mostly illustrations. [No extra postage. Just free.]

The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles. Translated by Paul Roche.  Thebian Plays. Mentor Classic.  [free, no extra postage]

The Ancient World: Justice, Heroism, and Responsibility, edited by Zeph Stewart.   

The Early Greeks, by R.J. Hopper. Hardcover. 257 pages. 1976. A few B&W plates. 

The Pelican History of Greece, by A.R. Burn. 415 pages. Some underlining near the end. [Free. No extra postage]

Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe, Penguin Classic. 

Sophocles. The Theban Plays, translation by E. F. Watling. small format Penguin Classic. [No extra postage, just free]

Sophocles. The Three Theban Plays, translation by Robert Fagles. Larger format Penguin Classic. 5' x 7 3/4" some underlining by a teacher. [No extra postage, just free]




Caesar and Christ, by Will Durant. HC. HC 751 pages. 1944. 200 pages through Julius Caesar, the rest imperial. Was a very popular book. Very good. [+$1 shipping--it is large]

Discovering Roman Britain, edited by David E. Johnston. 1983. A small-format book designed for tourists to take along to Roman sites to say what is there. [No extra postage, just free]

Roman Britain, by I. A. Richmond. Pelican History of England, volume 1. 240 pages in a small-format paperback. Very few photos. GONE 

Everyday Life in Ancient Rome, by F. R. Cowell. Ex library. With Dust Jacket. Hardcover. 207 pages. A fair number of pictures. GONE

Roman Life, by Mary Johnson. 1957. Withdrawn from a library. Hardbound in library heavy cover, but very nice for that. Lots of B&W photos. 478 pages. [extra $1 GONE]

A History of Rome, by Moses Hadas. Paperback. 305 pages. "From its origins to 529 A.D. as told by the Roman historians. GONE

Roman Reader, edited by Basil Davenport. 1951. The Viking Portable Library. Very small format hardback. A source book. 565 pages. Ex library. 

The World of Rome, by Michael Grant. Small-format Mentor book paperback. [No extra postage, just free.]

Plutarch. Makers of Rome. Penguin Classic paperback. 365 pages.

Gibbon, The Portable Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 691 pages, reduced by Editor Dero Saunders from the original.

   [Be aware that Gibbon is mostly about the "Byzantine Empire" as among the six volumes only volume 1 is before Constantine.]



Justinian. The Digest of Roman Law. Penguin Classics. 

Byzantium, Rene Guerdan. 228 page paperback  

Byzantine Civilization, by Steven Runciman. 1956. 255 page Meridian paperback.  [Table of contents loose, but there.]

Byzantine Studies Conference, Abstract of Papers, Cleveland 24-25 October 1975   [free, with no extra shipping, it is thin]




Hands on the Past, by C. W. Ceram. Hardback. 434 pages. Some photos. 1966.  Fascinating stories of the early famous excavations. [$1 extra]

Time Detectives: How Archaeologists use Technology to Recapture the Past, by Brian Fagan. 1995. Note the date!  Hardcover in great shape. 288 pages.



The Scythians, by Tamara Talbot Rice. Hardcover. 1957. 62 photos, 65 line drawings, 4 maps, 255 pages.  

The Arabs, by Anthony Nutting. 1964.  Small-format paperback by an Arabist who was the Minister of State for Foregin Affairs under Anthony Eden and was the author of Lawrence of Arabia. 416 pages. 

The Greatness that was Babylon, by H. W. F. Saggs. Old hardcover., ex library book. 1962. 560 pages. Quite a few illustrations, but not a picture book.

The World of the Huns, by Otto J. Maenchen-Helfen. 1973. HC 601 pages.  [+$1 shipping, it is large]

Arthur, The King in the West, by R. J. Duning. HC. 1988. 164 pages. Pictures on almost every page. The complex story of "Did Arthur really exist?"

Chronicles of the Crusades, by Joinville and Villehardouin, translated by M. R. B. Shaw.  Penguin Classic paperback. 366 pages. Contemporaty histories of the Crusades (one the fourth crusade, one the seventh). GONE





2002 Red Book. A Guide Book of United States Coins. R. S. Yeoman edited by Kenneth Bressett. 

A Catalog of Modern World Coins, 1850-1950. 11th edition. 1974. By R. S. Yeoman.

Craig. Coins of the World, 1750-1850. Second Edition. 1971.  [Large. $2 extra]




The Egyptian, by Mika Walteri. Hardcover. 9"x6". Looks almost new but with inscription on the flyleaf. Fiction. A 503 page novel set in the time of the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Excellent dust jacket. GONE

The Last Days of Pompeii, by Bulwer-Lytton. 1834. 1904 hardcover edition. 553 pages. 5 1/4" by 7 3/4" A very nice brown cloth copy. [$1 extra]

The Far Arena, by Richard Ben Sapir. HC. 1978. One of my favorite fiction books involving Roman times. The characters include a modern day oil-company man, a Russian doctor, a Latin-speaking nun, and primarily a top Roman gladiator. It fits rather well. I have bought three copies--two to give away and one is gone. I am keeping mine, so this one for you I recommend if you like fiction. GONE 


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