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Alexander 334-323 BC : Conquest of the Persian Empire (Campaign Series 7)
by John Warry. 

Alexander of Macedon 356-323 B. C. : A Historical Biography
by Peter Green
Listed under Alexander the Great

Ancient Greece : The Famous Monuments Past and Present
by G. Behor

The Ancient Greeks : Armies of Classical Greece 5th and 4th Centuries BC (Elite Series, No 7)
by Nick Sekunda, Angus McBride (Photographer)
Paperback - 64 pages (December )
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 085045686X

The Athenian Trireme : The History and Reconstruction of an Ancient Greek Warship
The Athenian Trireme : The History and Reconstruction of an Ancient Greek Warship
by J. S. Morrison, J. F. Coates, N. B. Rankov
Paperback from Cambridge University Press
Battles of the Greek and Roman Worlds : A Chronological Compendium of 667 Battles to 31 BC, from the Historians of the Ancient World
by John Drogo Montagu 

The Battle of Zama (Battles of the Ancient World)
by Don Nardo

Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World
by Richard J. A. Talbert (Editor), Roger S. Bagnall

The Civil Wars (Penguin Classics)
by Appianus, et al

History of the Peloponnesian War (Penguin Classics)
by Thucydides, Rex Warner, M. I. Finley
Paperback from Viking Press
The Landmark Thucydides : A Comprehensive Guide to the Peloponnesian War
by Robert B. Strassler (Editor), Victor Davis Hanson (Introduction)
Leonidas: Hero of Thermopylae (Leaders of Ancient Greece)
by Ian Macgregor Morris
(Library Binding)

DK Readers: Trojan Horse (Level 4: Proficient Readers)
by David Clement-Davies

The Greek and Persian Wars 500-323 BC (Men at Arms Series, No. 69)
by Jack Cassin-Scott
(Paperback - December 1977)

The Greco-Persian Wars
by Peter Green
Popular classicist Peter Green (author of Alexander of Macedon, 356-323 B.C.) offers an engrossing narrative of the wars between the Greeks and the Persians. This is real David-and-Goliath material, with the scrappy, feuding city-states of ancient Greece fending off a much larger aggressor. The conflicts themselves are a kind of struggle for the soul of Western civilization: "On the one side, the towering, autocratic figure of the Great King; on the other, the voluntary and imperfect discipline of proudly independent citizens." The Greeks surprisingly fare better in these encounters, and make themselves legends on the plains of Marathon (192 Greek casualties versus 6,400 Persians), during the heroic last stand at Thermopylae, and elsewhere. 

The Greco-Persian Wars is full of wonderful stories featuring bravery, cowardice, and treachery. Unlike so many of his fellow historians, Green understands the importance of a dramatic narrative, sometimes employing novelistic techniques to relate what happened. It's not an overstatement to say that the course of Western history might have taken a strikingly unfamiliar turn if these battles had had different outcomes. Green is a natural storyteller, and The Greco-Persian Wars is a delight to read, even for readers who have no background or special interest in the classical world. --John J. Miller -
Paperback: 372 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.84 x 9.19 x 6.19 
Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition
ISBN: 0520203135 

Greek and Roman Naval Warfare; A Study of Strategy, Tactics, and Ship Design from Salamis (480 B.C. to Actium)
by William Ledyard Rodgers
Hardcover from Naval Institute Press
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Greek Hoplite 480-323 BC (Warrior Series, 27)
by Nicholas Victor Sekunda

Paperback - 64 pages (December )
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 1855328674

A History of Sparta, 950-192 B.C.
by William George Grieve Forrest

The Peloponnesian War
by Donald Kagan
Hardcover from Viking Press
The History of the Peloponnesian War
by Thucydides
Paperback from Penguin Classics

On Justice, Power, and Human Nature: The Essence of Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War
by Thucydides
Hardcover from Hackett Pub Co
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The Peloponnesian War
by Donald Kagan
Paperback from Penguin (Non-Classics)

A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War
by Victor Hanson
One of our most provocative military historians, Victor Davis Hanson has given us painstakingly researched and pathbreaking accounts of wars ranging from classical antiquity to the twenty-first century. Now he juxtaposes an ancient conflict with our most urgent modern concerns to create his most engrossing work to date, A War Like No Other.

Over the course of a generation, the Hellenic city-states of Athens and Sparta fought a bloody conflict that resulted in the collapse of Athens and the end of its golden age. Thucydides wrote the standard history of the Peloponnesian War, which has given readers throughout the ages a vivid and authoritative narrative. But Hanson offers readers something new: a complete chronological account that reflects the political background of the time, the strategic thinking of the combatants, the misery of battle in multifaceted theaters, and important insight into how these events echo in the present.

Hanson compellingly portrays the ways Athens and Sparta fought on land and sea, in city and countryside, and details their employment of the full scope of conventional and nonconventional tactics, from sieges to targeted assassinations, torture, and terrorism. He also assesses the crucial roles played by warriors such as Pericles and Lysander, artists, among them Aristophanes, and thinkers including Sophocles and Plato.

Hanson’s perceptive analysis of events and personalities raises many thought-provoking questions: Were Athens and Sparta like America and Russia, two superpowers battling to the death? Is the Peloponnesian War echoed in the endless, frustrating conflicts of Vietnam, Northern Ireland, and the current Middle East? Or was it more like America’s own Civil War, a brutal rift that rent the fabric of a glorious society, or even this century’s “red state—blue state” schism between liberals and conservatives, a cultural war that manifestly controls military policies? Hanson daringly brings the facts to life and unearths the often surprising ways in which the past informs the present.

Brilliantly researched, dynamically written, A War Like No Other is like no other history of this important war.

Paperback from Random House Trade Paperbacks

Archaic Times to the End of the Peloponnesian War (Translated Documents of Greece and Rome)
Paperback from Cambridge University Press

The Spartans (Osprey Military Elite Series, 66)
by Richard Hook (Illustrator), Nicholas Victor Sekunda
Paperback - 64 pages
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 1855326590 
The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece
by Robert Morkot

Gates of Fire : An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
by Steven Pressfield

The Greek War of Independence : The Struggle for Freedom from Ottoman Oppression and the Birth of the Modern Greek Nation
by David Brewer

The Histories (Oxford World's Classics)
by Herodotus, et al

The Iliad of Homer
by Homer, Richmond Lattimore
from University of Chicago Press (Trd)

The Oxford History of the Classical World
by Oswyn Murray (Editor), et al
(Hardcover - July 1986)

Scipio Africanus: Greater Than Napoleon
by B. H. Liddell Hart, Michael Grant
Paperback: 281 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.89 x 8.46 x 5.37
DaCapo Press; ISBN: 0306805839;

Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the War (Step into Reading, Step 4, paper)
by Emily Little, Michael Eagle (Illustrator)
(Paperback - November 1988)

Thermopylae : The Battle for the West
by Ernle Bradford
Paperback: 254 pages
Da Capo Press; ISBN: 0306805316; Reprint edition (September 1993)
The Wars of the Ancient Greeks and Their Invention of Western Military Culture (The History of Warfare)
by Victor Davis Hanson, John Keegan (Editor)
The Wars of the Ancient Greeks
by Victor Davis Hanson
Paperback from Cassell Academic
The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece
by Victor Davis Hanson, John Keegan (Introduction)
Paperback: 271 pages
University of California Press; ISBN: 0520219112; 2nd edition (February 11, )
The Campaigns of Alexander
by Arrian, Flavius Arrianus, Aubrey De Selincourt
Paperback from Viking Press
Warfare in the Classical World : An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Weapons, Warriors and Warfare in the Ancient Civilisations of Greece and Rome
by John Gibson Warry
Listed under Ancient Weaponry

Xenophon's March: Into the Lair of the Persian Lion
by John Prevas
Hardcover: 288 pages
Da Capo Press; ISBN: 0306811170; (January 8, )

Athens under the Spartans
by Philip Maynard Williams
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The Ancient Spartans
by J.T. Hooker
(Hardcover - October 1980)
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The Battle of Marathon (Battles of the Ancient World)
by Don Nardo (Library Binding)
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Black Ships Before Troy : The Story of the Iliad
by Rosemary Sutcliff, et al
(Hardcover - November 1993)
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The Origins of the Greek Civil War (Origins of Modern Wars)
by David Close
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Herodotus : The Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Books (Greek History)
by Herodotus, Reginald Walter MacAn (Editor)
(Hardcover - June 1972)
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