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Ancient History 500 BC-500 AD: Series


For more detailed information on a specific period, it can be useful to consult volumes in larger series.

Cambridge Companions

Cambridge Ancient History

The ultimate history, more to dip into than to read from cover to cover – also accessible online via SmartCat.

Some choice titles include:

Oxford Handbooks online: Ancient History


A relatively recent trend has been the publication of ‘companions’ to topics that are bound to be taught widely in universities.

Volumes with useful articles are normally quite up-to-date. The ones to look out for are published by Blackwell or Cambridge University Press (online) but other publishers are jumping on the bandwagon.

The Blackwell History of the Ancient World


Routledge History of the Ancient World (ed. F. Millar)

Up to date and often with proper attention for the contribution of archaeology.

Fontana History of the Ancient World (ed. O. Murray)

Brief accessible, and good use of sources:

Wiley-Blackwell Companions