THE ILIAD BY HOMER, TRANSLATED BY SAMUEL BUTLER, 1898. There are far more modern translations out there but I find Butlers to be the best regarding the feel for the meter of Homeric verse.
THE ODYSSEY, TRANSLATED BY SAMUEL BUTLER, 1900. In the same way I love his translation of the Iliad, I find his Odyssey true to form and a very respectable ode to Homer.
WORKS AND DAYS BY HESIOD, TRANSLATED BY A.E.STALLINGS, 2018. Alicia brought Hesiod alive for me, painstakingly converted into rhyming verse this is a tribute to Hesiod's didactic style, and Stallings work ethic.
HOMER: A BEGINNERS GUIDE, BY E.BARKER &J.CHRISTENSEN, 2013. A humorous and effective abridgement of the works attributed to the father of epic Greek Verse. A must for anyone looking for an enjoyable introduction.
MYCENAEANS BY RODNEY CASTLEDON, 2005. Original and meticulous in his conveyance of the bronze age, Castledon has long been considered an expert on Minoan and Mycenaean history, scholarship and its progression.
ANCIENT GREECE: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION, PAUL CARTLEDGE, 2011. I worship the verbal ground Mr Cartledge's mind alights upon. My inspiration for all things Peloponnesian and Spartan.
THE SPARTANS BY PAUL CARTLEDGE, 2002. The first work that really zero'd in my passion for the Lacedaemonians. Bought while waiting for a flight to Melbourne in the early 2000's and treasured ever since.
DELPHI COMPLETE WORKS OF PAUSANIAS, TRANSLATED BY W.H.S. JONES, 2014. Basically the lonely planet guide for the 2nd century CE traveller in Greece. Such a vivid and important surviving work.
DELPHI COMPLETE WORKS OF PLUTARCH, TRANSLATED BY BERNADOTTE PERRIN, 2013. The man to whom we owe so much for his biographical comparisons of mighty Roman and Greek figures.
HELEN OF TROY:GODDESS, PRINCESS, WHORE, BY BETTANY HUGHES,2005. To say a thorough look into the story of Helen would be an understatement. A truly deep expose from a master of her craft.
METAMORPHOSES BY OVID, PENGUIN CLASSIC TRANSLATED BY DAVID RAEBURN. The roman poet's Magnus Opus, the stylistic transformations of this epic work do justice to its thematic approach to history.
THE ARGONAUTICA BY APOLLONIUS OF RHODES, FROM SKYLINE PUBLISHING. The definitive account of Jason's quest for the Golden Fleece. A truly gripping adventure into the unknown.
THE LIBRARY BY APOLLODORUS, DELPHI CLASSICS TRANSLATED BY SIR JAMES GEORGE FRAZER. Although erroneously attributed to Apollodorus, this monumental work of history is an invaluable resource for the period.
THE COMPLETE WORKS OF DIODORUS SICULUS, DELPHI CLASSICS TRANSLATED BY OLDFATHER, SHERMAN, WELLES, GEER, WALTON AND BOOTH. Another fantastic reference point for history and mythology.
THE COLLAPSE OF COMPLEX SOCIETIES BY JOSEPH A. TAINTER. Heavy on the science and a fantastic expose into the reasons behind the collapse of complex societies.
1177 BC THE YEAR CIVILISATION COLLAPSED BY ERIC H. CLINE. This gentleman is a genius when it comes to late bronze age civilisations. His broad experience in the field really brings the era to life.