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These are the main textbooks used in this course and are needed almost daily.
- The Bible – You are welcome to use the translation of your choice. Discussion questions and review worksheets are based upon the King James Version unless otherwise noted.
- The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of the Ancient World, by Jane Bingham, et al (Usborne). Update (08/28/2020): We found out that this book is out of print. We are working on finding a good replacement by January 1, 2021. In the meantime, click here for a resource you can use.
- The Story of the Ancient World, by Christine Miller (Nothing New Press: 2015). (This book was also used in Year 1.)
- The Story of the Greeks, by Christine Miller (Nothing New Press: 2009).
- The Story of the Romans, by Christine Miller (Nothing New Press: 2016). (This book is also used in Year 3.)
- Map Trek: The Complete Collection (with CD-ROM), by Terri Johnson (Knowledge Quest: 2010). (This book is used in Years 1-4 and American history.)
You will build a timeline and a notebook with your children this year. The following resources are not necessary but can simplify things.
- History Through the Ages: Timeline Figures (Creation to Christ), by Amy Pak (Homeschool in the Woods). We suggest the “Creation to Christ” set, which you can also use for Year 2. Note: This set does NOT include all of the dates that we will use in this curriculum.
- Book of Centuries (Cottage Press). Glue the timeline figures (above) into the book of centuries. Year by year, as you study history, this book will become a treasured keepsake.
- What in the World: Volume 1 (CDs), by Diana Waring. These optional CDs are used in Weeks 6, 7, 25, 26, 27, 32, 34, and 35.
Additional Books & Resources to Borrow or Buy:
Unless you want to expand your home library, you may choose to simply borrow these books from your local library (possibly asking about the availability of inter-library loan). Some books may be available on Kindle.
- Cyrus the Persian, by Sherman A. Nagel (AB Publishing). This book is used in Weeks 4-6.
- Behold Your Queen!: A Story of Esther, by Gladys Malvern. This book is used in Weeks 6-8.
- Digging Deeper: Volume One (Disc 2), by Diana Waring. http://www.dianawaring.com/ This CD is used in Weeks 4 and 25.
- Within the Palace Gates: The King’s Cupbearer, by Anna P. Siviter. This book is used in Weeks 9-14.
- The Classical Cookbook: Revised Edition, by Andrew Dalby, Sally Grainger. This book is used in Week 14.
- The Lion in the Gateway: The heroic battles of the Greeks and Persians at Marathon, Salamis, and Thermopylae, by Mary Renault. This book is used in Weeks 15-16.
- Archimedes and the Door of Science, by Jeanne Bendick. This book is used in Weeks 17-19.
- Detectives in Togas, by Henry Winterfeld. This book is used in Weeks 20-24.
- The Young Carthaginian, by G.A. Henty. This book is used in Weeks 24-28.
- The Mystery of the Roman Ransom, by Henry Winterfeld. This book is used in Weeks 29-32.
- City, by David Macaulay. This book is used in Week 29.
- The Legionary, by Peter Connolly. This book is used in Week 31.
- For the Temple, by G.A. Henty. This book is used in Weeks 33-36.
High School Books:
The following books are “thick” and meaty, but we believe that homeschooled teenagers have time to read in a way that will probably never again be repeated for the rest of their lives. For that reason, we strongly encourage you to obtain these books for your high-school student and to set aside time for long discussions of the topics introduced, such as before bed each evening.
- The Antiquities of the Jews, by Josephus. This book is available free online, at http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/josephus/index.htm#aoj This book is used in Weeks 1 and 33-36.
- The Five Great Monarchies of the Ancient Eastern World, Volumes 1-3, by George Rawlinson. These books are available free online, at http://books.google.com These books are used in Weeks 2, 4, and 6-15.
- Observation Upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of St. John, by Sir Isaac Newton. It is available here or free online at http://www.isaacnewton.ca/daniel_apocalypse/ This book is used in Weeks 3, 4, 5, and 32; it is also used in Years 3-4.
- Greek Lives, by Plutarch, translated by Robin Waterfield (Oxford World’s Classics). A similar translation is available free online at http://classics.mit.edu/Browse/index-Plutarch.html. This book is used in Weeks 16-25.
- Assumptions That Affect Our Lives, by Christian Overman. This book is used in Weeks 26-31.
- 1 and 2 Maccabees, from the Apocrypha. This is available free online at http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/apo/index.htm. It is read in Weeks 33-34.