This will be the first post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.
This first group of books focus on Ancient History. We have selected these books as recommended reading on this topic.
In 2013, we are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.
Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books in 2013.
Editor’s Note: These are all important books on this topic. However, they are all in the public domain, which means that they are at least 90 years old. For some works, newer and better translations may exist; some parts of the historical accounts in these books may be considered outdated today, but these works still stand as solid introductions to the basic people and stories of antiquity. And, of course, they are free.