Classical Education Reading List: Ancient Times

1st Graders should be studying ancient times (5000BC – AD 400). Stories should be read chronologically in order listed below. Read stories and poems by, about, or from the following:

The Bible

~Trojan Horse by Clement-Davies
~The Odyssey by McCaughrean
~Black Ships Before Troy by Sutcliffe

Greek and Roman myths:
~The Gods and Goddesses of Olympus by Aliki
~Pandora by Burleigh
~Twelve Labors of Hercules by Cerasini
~King Midas: The Golden Touch by Demi
~Theseus and the Minotaur by Fisher
~Greek Myths (read all 16 tales) by McCaughrean
~Favorite Greek Myths by Osborne

Aesop’s Fables

Egyptian myths:
~The Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt (all 13 stories) by Fisher

Indian folktales:
~Folk Tales and Fairy Stories from India by Ghose

African folktales:
~The Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales by Arkhurst


Chinese and Japanese folktales:
~The Five Chinese Brothers by Bishop

Ancient Chinese and Japanese poetry

English, Irish, and Welsh fairy tales:
~Traditional Irish Fairy Tales by Stephens
~One Hundred and One Celtic Read-Aloud Myths & Legends by Verniero