It seems as though the research on the ancient world never stops, with tons of new books, comics and articles appearing every year. Since completing my PhD and moving away from full time academia, my reading has limited itself somewhat to that of Poirot and other murder mysteries. But lately, as I have been rediscovering my interested in several aspects – new and more familiar to me – of the ancient world, I have been trying to read more books. I thought it would be a nice idea if you guys would join me on this new quest. This is why I have started the Hellenistic History Book Club.

The rules are simple. At the beginning of every two months, I choose two books I would like to read that month. You can then vote for the book you want to be featured in the that month’s Book Club. By the end of the month, I write a review for the website and, as I’d like this to be an interactive thing, we then discuss the books via the Hellenistic History discord server.

You can pose questions, add your own thoughts and comments and even suggest your books for the Book Club. I will also provide links and reviews for the book we are discussing each month, so can read along. Even though it is the Hellenistic History Book Club, the topics do not have to be limited to the Hellenistic period, anything related to ancient history is good! You can add suggestions to my Amazon Wish List – and if you are feeling generous – gift a book to read! I hope you are looking forward to getting involved!

June 2022

The Making of a King: Antigonus Gonatas of Macedon and the Greeks by Robin Waterfield

First published in 2021 by the University of Chicago Press. 

Get a copy here: 

University of Chicago Press