The 10 Best Ancient History Books

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The Eternal Army

This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in February of 2018. The extraordinary people who lived thousands of years ago still fascinate us today. Whether you’re a bona fide aficionado of antiquity or just a casual learner, our selection of enthralling ancient history books will provide insight into the foundations of human civilizations. We’ve included everything from condensed, easily digestible works to highly regarded, in-depth volumes. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best ancient history book on Amazon.

10. Foundation: The History of England

9. The Sumerians

8. Saxons, Vikings, and Celts

7. Heroes of History

6. The Penguin Historical Atlas

5. Ancient Greece: Second Edition

4. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

3. The Landmark Herodotus

2. History: From the Dawn of Civilization

1. The Eternal Army

Gia Vescovi-Chiordi
Last updated on February 21, 2018 by Gia Vescovi-Chiordi

Born in Arizona, Gia is a writer and autodidact who fled the heat of the desert for California, where she enjoys drinking beer, overanalyzing the minutiae of life, and channeling Rick Steves. After arriving in Los Angeles a decade ago, she quickly nabbed a copywriting job at a major clothing company and derived years of editing and proofreading experience from her tenure there, all while sharpening her skills further with myriad freelance projects. In her spare time, she teaches herself French and Italian, has earned an ESL teaching certificate, traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States, and unashamedly devours television shows and books. The result of these pursuits is expertise in fashion, travel, beauty, literature, textbooks, and pop culture, in addition to whatever obsession consumes her next.

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