Axial Age, Classical Antiquity

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Etruscans
Etruscan Life and Afterlife – Larissa Bonfante
Etruscan Myths – Larissa Bonfante
Etruscan Places: Travels through Forgotten Italy – D. H. Lawrence
The Religion of the Etruscans – Nancy Thomson de Grummond, Erika Simon

Greece
The Hellenistic Age – Peter Green (h/t Michael Kleinman)
A History of the Greek City States, 700-338 B.C. – Raphael Sealey
Spartan Reflections – Paul Cartledge
Economic and Social History of Ancient Greece – M. M. Austin
The Other Greeks: The Family Farm and the Agrarian Roots of Western Civilization – Victor Davis Hanson
Alexander the Great – Paul Cartledge
Alexander the Great in His World – Carol G. Thomas
Alexander of Macedon – Peter Green
Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity – Sarah Pomeroy
Thundering Zeus: The Making of Hellenistic Bactria – Frank L. Holt
Greek Buddha: Pyrrho’s Encounter with Early Buddhism in Central Asia – Christopher I. Beckwith
The Greeks and the Irrational – E.R. Dodds (h/t Michael Kleinman)

Persia
Ancient Persia: A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, 550-330 BCE – Matt Waters
A History of Iran: Empire of the Mind – Michael Axworthy

Carthage
The Phoenicians and the West – Maria Eugenia Aubet
Carthage – Serge Lancel
Carthage Must Be Destroyed – Richard Miles

Rome
Mediterranean Anarchy, Interstate War, and the Rise of Rome – Arthur M. Eckstein (h/t Michael Kleinman)
The Roman Revolution – Ronald Syme
SPQR – Mary Beard
Caesar: Life of a Colossus – Adrian Goldsworthy
Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town – Mary Beard
Ancient Rome: From the Early Republic to the Assassination of Julius Caesar – Lynda Garland, Matthew Dillon
A History of the Later Roman Empire: 284-641 – Stephen Mitchell
Sons of Hellenism, Fathers of the Church – Susanna Elm
A Jew Among Romans: The Life and Legacy of Flavius Josephus – Frederic Rafael (h/t Michael Kleinman)
The Fall of the Roman Empire: A New History of Rome and the Barbarians – Peter Heather
How Rome Fell: Collapse of a Superpower – Adrian Goldsworthy
Empire and Barbarians: The Fall of Rome and the Birth of Europe – Peter Heather

Egypt
Hellenistic Egypt: Monarchy, Society, Economy, Culture – Jean Bingen
Gymnastics of the Mind: Education in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt – Rafaella Cribiore

India (Maurya)
Ashoka and the Decline of the Mauryas – Romila Thapar

China
The Early Chinese Empires: Qin and Han – Mark Edward Lewis
Through the Jade Gate: China to Rome – Mark E. Hill

Japan
Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850 – Karl F. Friday

Woodlands Culture (Hopewell Tradition)
Gathering Hopewell: Society, Ritual and Ritual Interaction – Christopher Carr

Maya
Ancient Maya: The Rise and Fall of a Rainforest Civilization – Arthur Demerast
A Forest of Kings: The Untold Story of the Ancient Maya – David Friedel, Linda Schele
Maya Cosmos: Three Thousand Years on the Shaman’s Path – David Friedel, Linda Schele
The Memory of Bones: Body, Being, and Experience among the Classic Maya – Stephen Houston, David Stuart, Karl Taube
Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens – Simon Martin, Nikolai Grube
The Maya – Michael D. Coe

Zapotec
The Cloud People: Divergent Evolution of the Zapotec and Mixtec Civilizations – Kent Flannery, Joyce Marcus

China
China’s Cosmopolitan Empire: The Tang Dynasty – Mark Edward Lewis

 

currently seeking: Axial Schools in China, South Asia in general, Aksum (Axum), Nok Culture, good recs on Persia