Ancient Greece History Co-op - Books

We enjoyed many books and videos in conjunction with our study of Ancient Greece. Here are our favorites.

The Story of Greece by Mary MacGregor
Our young folk's Plutarch - This is a book of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans. We read several different chapters while studying the Greeks.

Minoan Civilization
The Story of the World:Volume 1 by Susan Wise Bauer – ch 18
The Minotaurs Island – 1 hr 30 min video on youtube
Jason and the Argonauts – 2 hr 50 min production video on youtube (PG-13)

Mycenaeans and Trojan War
The Trojan Horse: How the Greeks Won the War - Beginning reader book good for K-3rd grade.
Odysseus And The Cyclops by Warwick Hutton - Picture book good for K-3rd grade.
The Odyssey by Adrian Mitchell - DK picture book of the Odyssey. Good for 2nd-4th grade.
Tales from the Odyssey series by Mary Pope Osborne - Simple chapter book good for 2nd-4th grade.
The Children's Homer by Padriac Column - Written with rich language this book is good for 4th-8th grade.
The Iliad for Boys and Girls by Alfred J Church - Detailed retelling good for 4th-8th grade.
The Story of the World:Volume 1 by Susan Wise Bauer  – Ch 23 – Greek Gods & How War with Troy Began – Golden Apple
The Story of Greece by Mary MacGregor
The Truth of Troy – 50 minutes
Ancient Mysteries – The Odyssey of Troy – 45 min (20 min)
Odysseus - 3 hr film of the Odyssey, recommended for ages 13 and up

Natgeo – Finding Atlantis2011 – There are many different theories regarding Atlantis. We enjoyed learning about this one. 

Greek Gods
D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths
My son really struggled with Greek Mythology until he watched this series of videos. He is a very visual learner and could tell me about each god after watching. We then went back and reread the myths.

The Olympics and the First Temples
Run With Me, Nike! by Cassandra Case
The Story of Greece by Mary MacGregor

The Spartans
The Story of Greece by Mary MacGregor

Ancient Warriors - The Spartans
Part 1

History Channel – The Rise and Fall of Sparta Part 1 – 1 hr, 30 min - This video contains everything in the Ancient Warriors - The Spartans and so much more.

Athens: Ancient Greek Supercity - This video focuses on Pericles and the Parthanon.
The Librarian Who Measured the Earth (Erastosthenes) 276 bc

Sophocles - The Complete Plays
Aristophanes - The Eleven Comedies 

Alexander the Great
There are several youtube videos from the History Channel on Alexander the Great. I would highly recommend checking them out.

Please visit our History Page to see the activities we did to go along with these books.


  1. Great list of resources, and I am please to say we used many of them we we studied this era...I wished you lived closer to me and we could do a history coop together as we seem to approach lesson about the same way:) Great job.

    1. I wish you lived closer too. Maybe some day. We both seem to be a bit transient. :)


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