Parent reading ideas for Ancient History

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    Hi all.  I am the Homeschool Mama of kids in 2nd grade, kindergarten and Pre-K.  We will be studying ancient civilizations this year, including Egypt, Greece and Rome.  I love to read some good historical works on my own that correspond with what we are learning each year.  Do you have any recommendations for good Mama reads for any of these ancient civilizations?  Any favorites that were really interesting and compelling?  Such as one about Alexander the Great, or other key figures?  Thank you so much!


    This may sound silly, but I usually read the highschool booklist for myself. The SCM lists are great as are the lists in All Through the Ages by Christine Miller. Sorry I am not more help. I have only just started educating myself, I did t begin doing my own history readings until middle ages or so. Lol.


    I read some of Master Books’ Unwrapping the Pharaohs.  I found it interesting to compare Biblical history to secular for Egypt.

    Otherwise, my husband and I enjoyed watching Drive Thru History.  There are episodes on ancient Greece and ancient Rome.  You can buy on DVD or watch free streaming on Roku TBN channel or Internet iTBN website.  It is better for your children when they are older, like maybe 4th grade and up.


    Any of the Ancient History books from Yesterday’s Classics or the Baldwin Project are excellent. There are comprehensive histories, biographies, military histories, etc.

    As an introduction to the three ancient cultures covered by SCM, I really enjoyed The Story of the Pharaohs for Egypt.

    For Ancient Greece and Rome I enjoyed The Story of Greece and The Story of Rome by Mary Macgregor.

    Rachel White

    Story of the World: Ancient Times by Susan Wise Bauer

    The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer

    The former is the one written for late elementary age to middle school. The latter is high school/adult. Both of are in a narrative style. If you’re new to this topic and you want to use it to undergird yourself for your young ones, I’d start with SOTW.

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