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. 

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".

Shipping, media-mail, in the US only. $3.50 for the first book and 75 cents additional for each additional book. (For some books I am asking a bit more, as marked, e.g. "$1 extra". In that case, just that one book would be $3.50+$1 = $4.50. However, if added to an order, it would be an additional $1+$0.75 = $1.75 extra.) Most books, if added to an order, will increase the cost to you by 75 cents. A few thin ones will not cost anything at all.)

If you also order from my numismatic literature page and therefore have already paid for basic media-mail shipping for a book, then these are 75 cents each for additonal postage (plus a bit more if so marked). If it says, "no extra postage" I will not even charge the 75 cents. 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. 

A History of Private Life, from Pagan Rome to Byzantium, edited by Paul Veyne. Hardcover. 670 pages. Very good condition No marks. Heavy. [$1.50 extra GONE]  This book is $12.95 on Amazon. 

Shorter Altas of the Classical World, harcover, small format. Cover was damp, but the contents are okay. 239 pages. Lots of pictures.  [No extra postage. GONE]

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

Outlines of the World's Military History, by Col. William A. Mitchell, hardcover. 1931. 715 pages. Includes diagrams of battles. Cover not tight. [$1 extra--it is heavy GONE]

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]

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

The Portable Plato, Protagoras, Phaedo, Symposium, The Republic, all Complete. Thick 696 page paperback. [$1 extra GONE]

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. [$1 extra]

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. 

Herodotus, The Persian Wars, hardback small format Modern Library book. 714 pages. Very nice condition. GONE

Plutarch: The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, the Dryden translation. Great Books of the Western World. Hardcover. 897 pages. Stain on the outside edge of the last hundred pages, not into the text.  [Extra 75 cents postage. GONE]

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.




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

Caesar's Gallic War, by Olivia Coolidge. Hardcover. 245 pages. Withdrawn from a library but very nice for that.  

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]

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

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

Civilization and the Caesars, by Chester Starr.  411 page paperback.  [$1 extra GONE]

The Art of Rome and Her Empire, by Heinz Kahler, in the "Art of the World" series. Hardback. 7" x 9". Dust jacket torn, contents fine. 256 pages. Many photos, but even more text. (Most books of this sort are almost all photos with little exposition).  GONE

Sallust. Jugurthine War, Conspiracy of Cataline. Penguin Classic paperback. 240 pages.  [lots of underlining. No extra postage GONE]

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

Plutarch, Fall of the Roman Republic, small format Penguin paperback book. GONE  

Beyond the Inhabited World, by Anthony Thwaite. A 1977 hardcover slim (125 pages) book about Roman England. I read it recently and thought it was well-illustrated and a very well done introduction.

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

Caesar at the Rubicon, by Theodore H. White. Hardback of a play, 1968. 174 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.]

Gibbon, Christianity and the Decline of Rome, the first part of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, abridged. 512 pages. GONE

Tacitus, The Annals and The Histories, Church-Brodribb translation, "The Great Histories" series paperpack GONE

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations. Penguin Classic 188 page paperback. GONE.

The Twelve Caesars, Suetonius, translated by Robert Graves. Penguin Classic. 315 pages. Very nice small-format copy. GONE

Seutonius, The Twelve Caesars, Penguin Classic. Some foxing, otherwise nice. GONE

Julius Caesar, The Conquest of Gaul. Penguin classic. Creases on cover, some underlining, and inked notes on the inside back cover like an index. [no extra postage] GONE 

Caesar's Invasion of Britain, by Peter Ellis. Hardcover. 143 pages. 1978. Well-illustrated. I just read it and thought it was very good about the state of Britain at the time of the invasion. GONE 

Roman Architecture, by John B. Ward-Perkins. 1975. A massive hardbound book. Very many excellent illustrations. Ex library book and the cover is very worn and not tight, but the contents, 360 thick pages 10" by 11 1/4", are nice. Wonderful photographs of Roman architecture. [$2 extra--it is massive GONE]



Byzantium: Greatness and Decline, by Charles Diehl, 1957, 366 pages 6" x 9 1/4". Very nice paperback.  GONE 

Justinian. The Digest of Roman Law. Penguin Classics. 

Procopius: Secret History [of Justinian] small format 145 pages. An ancient biography of Justinian and Theodora "Written with malice" [an understatement. GONE]  

Byzantium, Rene Guerdan. 228 page paperback  

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

Byzantine Style and Civilization, by Steven Runciman. 238 page Penguin paperback, many B&W photos. GONE 

Byzantine Christianity:  Emperor, Church, and the West, by Harry J. Magoulis. GONE 

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.  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 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. 



Coins of England and the United Kingdom 1994, the Seaby Standard Catalog. 365 pages, lots of photos. 72 pages on coins before 1066.  [$1 extra. 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]


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