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 ancient history and you can't do that without knowing some of it!

Recent:  2019, Feb. 27:  Updated this page.
Jan. 19. Removed volumes that are gone. 

How it works: Shipping, media-mail, in the US only.  Small books are totally free (and will be marked as such) 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 each for most books. For some I want more postage because they are large, and the extra 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).

Return to the page on ancient-coin numismatic literature.

General Ancient History (not numismatics)   


Aspects of Antiquity, by M. I. Finley. "Discoveries and Controversies". Penguin paperback. Second edition. 1977. 216 pages.  Finley was a major historian. [GONE] 

The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature, edited by Howatson and Chilvers, small format paperback, but thick at 575 pages. A very good book with everything about classical literature (authors, characters, titles, places, myths) in encyclopeia alphabetical format. Why read the original when you can get the outline here? [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.]





Mysteries of the Snake Goddess: Art, Desire, and the Forging of History, by Kenneth Lapatin.  The story of artifacts we know from Crete that were assembled from pieces to become the famous images we know. However, there is evidence they were created by wishful archaeologists and not really those shapes originally. A tale of how archaeologists got what they wanted by creating it and how it was discovered they cheated.

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]

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]



Caesar. The Conquest of Gaul. Penguin Classic. Translated by S. A. Hanford

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

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

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. 

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]



Barbarians to Angels: The Dark Ages Reconsidered, by Peter S. Wells. 2008. HC. 240 pages. Some maps and some, but not many, photos.

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. 

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?"






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