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Greece & Rome on the 501 List

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1Cecrow
Bearbeitet: Feb. 6, 2019, 8:04am

There's a number of books on the list pertaining to Greece/Rome that I've been troubling to sort out the best sequential reading of. I haven't entirely followed this sequence, but my recommended reading order is:

The Iliad, by Homer (Classics)
The Histories, by Herodotus (History)
The Trial of Socrates, by Isador Stone (History)
Lives, by Plutarch (History)
The Annals of Rome, by Tacitus (History)
Daily Life in Ancient Rome, by Jerome Carpopino (History)
Letters, by Pliny the Younger (Memoirs)
Memoirs of Hadrian, by Marguerite Yourcenar (Modern Fiction)
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Edward Gibbon (History)

Pliny's work actually takes place before most of Hadrian's story (he exchanges several letters with Trajan, Hadrian's immediate predecessor), but I'm in the middle of reading Hadrian now and I think I'll be better informed for tackling Pliny later.

I'm expecting to skip Socrates, and Daily Life, at least for now, but I've a plan to tackle the rest.

2Cecrow
Okt. 28, 2019, 11:58am

I've been eyeing I, Claudius by Robert Graves. It's not in the 501 list but I'd like to insert it somewhere in the sequence. I think it should come either before or after Carpopino.