These are English translations of some sources for Greek and Roman history from 323 to 30 B.C.
Translations marked with a † have been created especially for this website.
Links to collections of inscriptions and papyri can be found on the documents index page; links to translations of Greek and Latin poetry can be found on the poetry index page; and links to translations on other websites can be found in the list of sources and translations.
- Alexander Romance ("Pseudo-Callistenes")
A widely-read fictional account of the life of Alexander the Great
- Aristeas, Letter to Philocrates
A fanciful account of the translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek
- Athenaeus, Deipnosophists
A compilation of table talk, full of information about life in ancient Greece
- Cicero, Brutus
Candid descriptions of the leading Roman orators, down to the time of Cicero
- Cicero, Letters to and from Cassius
Letters sent before and after the assassination of Caesar
- Diodorus Siculus, Historical Library - Books 33 - 40
Fragments of the last section of Diodorus' history of the world, from 145 B.C. onwards
- Diogenes Laertius, Lives of the Philosophers :
Book 7 (life of Zenon) and Book 10 (life of Epicurus)
- † Eusebius: Chronicle
Here Eusebius presents the evidence for the dates in his chronological tables
- † Excerpta Latina Barbari
- pages 32A - 36B, 44A, 46A - 55A
An eccentric chronicle, dating from about 500 A.D.
- † Exsuperantius
A very short history of the period 107 to 72 B.C.
- † Extracts from Other Authors
Galen on the Alexandrian library,
Augustus on the deification of Julius Caesar; . . .
- † Fasti Capitolini
A list of the consuls and other Roman magistrates for each year
- † Fasti Triumphales
A list of Roman Triumphs, down to the reign of Augustus
- Festus, Breviarium
A brief summary of how the Romans won their empire
- † Granius Licinianus
Parts of a History of Rome, describing various events from 163 B.C. onwards.
- † Greek Anthology
A large collection of short Greek poems, from various periods
- † Greek Chronicles
- † Greek Historians
Fragments of Arrianus,
- † St. Jerome ( Hieronymus ): Chronological Tables
- Olympiads 111 to 203
The fullest ancient chronicle, based on Eusebius' chronological tables
- Josephus, Jewish Antiquities
Part of long history of the Jews: books 12-14
- Josephus, Jewish War
A history of the Jews from 170 B.C. onwards: book 1
- Julian, The Caesars
A short comic sketch, describing a contest between the Roman emperors
- Julian, Misopogon
A satirical account of the emperor Julian's stay in the city of Antioch
- Justinus: Epitome of Pompeius Trogus' histories
A history of the world, with an emphasis on Hellenistic history
- † Lives of the Hellenistic poets
Short lives of Apollonius, Aratus, Lycophron, Menander and Theocritus
- Lucian, Long Lives (Macrobii)
A catalogue of famous men who lived to a ripe old age
- 3rd Book of Maccabees
The Jews escape from persecution by the Egyptian king, in 217 B.C.
- 4th Book of Maccabees
Two episodes in the persecution of the Jews by Antiochus Epiphanes
- Megillat Taanit (Scroll of Fasts)
A list of 35 memorable days in Jewish history
- † Memnon: History of Heracleia
A local history, containing much unique material
- Cornelius Nepos, Life of Atticus
A life of Cicero's friend, mostly written during his lifetime
- Nicolaus of Damascus, Life of Augustus
Excerpts from a biography of Augustus, up to the year 44 B.C.
- Plutarch, Greek Lives
Illustrious Greeks of the 4th and 3rd centuries B.C.
- Plutarch, Lives of the Ten Orators
Athenian orators, most of whom lived in the 4th century B.C.
- Plutarch, Sayings of kings and commanders
A varied collection of sayings, attributed to famous Greeks and Romans
- Polyaenus: Stratagems
Hundreds of stories of how Greek and Roman generals outwitted their enemies
- † Porphyrius: Comments on the book of Daniel
An attempt to explain Daniel by reference to Hellenistic history
- † Sallust (Sallustius Crispus): Histories
Fragments of a detailed history of the Roman world from 78 to 67 B.C.
- † Scholia Bobiensia
Extracts from an ancient commentary on the speeches of Cicero
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