SECULAR CLASSICS (influential monuments of Western civilization which provide deep insight into Western secular culture)
Homer: The Iliad
Homer: The Odyssey
Sequel to the Iliad: portraying Odysseus’ 10 year journey home after the Trojan War. Image links to books 1-12 of the Murray translation. ISBN recommendation: 014305824X
Herodotus: The Histories
Ancient account of the wars between the Greeks and Persians, the rise of Cyrus the Great and the Persian Empire, & the culture and customs of the Greeks, Asians, and Egyptians, from the origins of the Trojan War to the Greek repulsion of Xerxes I. Image links to Godley translation. ISBN recommendations: 0674991303, 0674991311, 0674991338, 0674991346.
Arrian: Anabasis of Alexander
Livy: History of Rome
A monumental and fascinating classical chronicle of the history and traditions of ancient Rome. Image links to Roberts translation. ISBN recommendations: 9780674991262, 9780674991484, 9780674991903, 9780674992108, etc.