Read Ahead

If you are interested in reading ahead about the subjects that will be contained in future podcasts, I provide a list. The books I list are books/articles that I have read and recommend or books/articles that I am planning on reading for upcoming episodes. I will provide links and links to free versions of the resources where possible. Books have amazon links on them (sometimes it will link to a newer printings than the one that I used but I attempted to link to the same edition). I use amazon links because I will get a small referral fee if you buy something (it doesn’t have to be that book) by going through one of the links on the page.

General Overviews of Greek History

  • Morris, Ian and Berry Powell. The Greeks: History, Culture, and Society. 2nd ed. Pearson, 2009. Print.
  • Pomeroy, Sarah B. and Stanley M. Burstein, Walter Donlan, Jennifer Tolbert Roberts, David Tandy. Ancient Greece: A Political, Social, and Cultural History. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press. 2012. Print.

Overviews of the Landscape/Geography/Climate of Greece and the Mediterranean

  • Bintliff, John. “The Dynamic Land,” The Complete Archaeology of Greece: From Hunter-Gatherers to the 20th Century AD. Chichester, UK: 2012. Print. pp. 11-27.
  • DiBenedetto, Katelyn and Alan H. Simmons. “Chapter 3: Environmental Considerations,” Stone Age Sailors. Print. pp. 40-75.

General Overviews or Collections of Greek Archaeology

  • Alcock, SusanGraecia Capta. Print.
  • Hall, JonathanArtifact and Artifice: Classical Archaeology and the Ancient Historian. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014. Kindle.

Overviews of Early Greece/Europe

  • Broodbank, Cyprian. The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World. 2013. London: Thames & Hudson, 2015. Print.
  • Broodbank, Cyprian. An Island Archaeology of the Early Cyclades. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Print.
  • Rutter, Jeremy B. Aegean Prehistoric Archaeology. Dartmouth College. Web. 28 Feb. 2016. <>.
  • Price, T. Douglas. Europe Before Rome: A Site-by-Site Tour of the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. Print.
  • Runnels, Curtis and Priscilla M. MurrayGreece Before History: An Archaeological Companion and Guide. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001. Print.

Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic Greece

  • Cullen, Tracey, ed. Aegean Prehistory: A Review. Boston: American Journal of Archaeology Supplement 1 (Archaeological Institute of America), 2001. Print.
  • Bintliff, John. “The Dynamic Land,” The Complete Archaeology of Greece: From Hunter-Gatherers to the 20th Century AD. Chichester, UK: 2012. Print. pp. 11-27.

The Bronze Age

  • Bell, Carol. “Merchants of Ugarit: Oligarchs of the Late Bronze Age Trade in Metals?” Eastern Mediterranean Metallurgy and Metalwork in the Second Millennium BC: A Conference in Honour of James D. Muhly; Nicosia, 10th– 11th October 2009, ed. V. Kassianidou and G. Papasavvas, 180– 87. Oxford, UK: Oxbow Books, 2012.
  • Cline, Eric1177 B.C. The Year Civilization Collapsed. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014. AZW file.
  • Fox, Margalit. The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack and Ancient Code. New York: Ecco (an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers), 2013. Print.
  • Gale, Noël H. and Zofia H. Stos-Gale. “Bronze Age Copper Sources in the Mediterranean: A New Approach,” Science. Vol. 216, No. 4541. 2 April 1982. Web. (
  • Shelmerdine, Cynthia W. ed. The Cambridge Companion to the Aegean Bronze Age. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Print.

Archaic Age

  • Murray, Oswyn. Early Greece. 2nd ed. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1993. Print.
  • Osborne, Robin. Greece in the Making: 1200-479 BC. 2nd ed. 2009. New York: Routledge, 2010. Print.
  • Snodgrass, Anthony. Archaic Greece. London: JM Dent & Sons Ltd., 1980. Print.

The Classical Period

  • Krishnan, MayaPOLIS Project. Stanford University. March 2014. Web.28 Feb. 2016. <>
  • Hansen, Mogens Herman. Polis: An Introduction to the Ancient Greek City State. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006. Print.
  • Hornblower, Simon. The Greek World: 479-323 BC. 4th ed. New York: Routledge, 2011. Print.
  • Ober, Josiah. The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015. Print.

The Hellenistic Period

  • Eck, Werner. “Chapter 8: Documents on Bronze: A Phenomenon of the Roman West?”, Ancient Documents and their Contexts: First North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (2011). eds. John Bodel and Nora Dimitrova. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, 2015. Print.
  • Shipley, Graham. The Greek World After Alexander: 323-30 BC. London: Routledge, 2000. Print.
  • There was a great memo on recent scholarship on the Hellenistic Period, but, unfortunately Southwestern University has password protected it now.



A friend of mine, Ryan Stitt, is writing a podcast that will be moving at a faster pace (it’s weekly instead of monthly). Check out The History of Ancient Greece.

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