Ancient History - HSC

Resources for HSC Ancient History and History Extension

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Using the search button above, you can search through the Library's entire collection, ranging from:

  • Published works, like books & reports
  • Unpublished material, like photographs & maps
  • Eresources like ebooks and journal articles – accessible from anywhere

Get a Library card to request and use material from the Library’s collections.

We’re a reference library, not a lending library:

  • Books and other materials must be used onsite at the Library
  • Books you have requested will be reserved for 7 days on Lower Ground 2 (LG2) in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room
  • You can borrow some books on interlibrary loan through your public library – speak to your local library

HSC Info collection:

  • Find useful Ancient History resources on the reference shelf in the HSC Info collection on LG2
  • You don’t need a Library card to use any material on the Reading Room shelves

Critics' picks

Find the best new books and recent magazines from Australia and around the world in our Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room. There are over 1,000 new books available to browse and read in our Critics’ Picks section on LG1 and LG2. Books are organised by subjects such as History, Geography and Travel (on LG1), Social Sciences and Current Affairs; Business and Politics; Literature and Language; Science, Technology and Medicine; and Arts and Recreation.

How to Find Critic's Picks in the catalogue

This shows you how to search for Critics' Picks books, you can swap 'history' for any subject you're interested in.


Ancient History resources in the Reading Room

Ancient History HSC resources can be found on the HSC Info resources shelves on LG2 of the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room.

You will find study guides and books by academics and historians to support core study areas. 

Ancient History books in the library

The Life and Death of Ancient Cities

The story of the rise and fall of ancient cities from the end of the Bronze Age to the beginning of the Middle Ages. Its focus is on the ancient Mediterranean: Greeks and Romans at the centre, but Phoenicians and Etruscans, Persians, Gauls and Egyptians all play a part.

The Enemies of Rome

History is written by the victors, and Rome had some very eloquent historians. Opponents of Rome left few records of their own, but they had a tremendous impact on the Roman imagination. Kershaw investigates the lives, personalities, successes, and failures both of the key opponents of Rome's rise and dominance, and of those who ultimately brought the empire down.

Technology of the Ancient near East

Cities of the distant past boasted well-conceived urban planning, monumental architecture, running water, artistic expression, and knowledge of mathematics and medicine. Baker outlines the technology behind these achievements, based on the archaeological, textual, historic, and scientific data, and considers warfare, construction, metallurgy, ceramics and glass, water management, and time keeping.

Battles and Battlefields of Ancient Greece

This volume brings together the ancient evidence and modern scholarship on twenty battlefields throughout Greece, some of the most evocative and decisive battles in the ancient world.

Digging up Britain

This book presents ten of the most exciting archaeological discoveries from British pre-history. 

History As Wonder: Beginning with historiography

Hughes-Warrington tracks the entanglement of history and philosophy over time through the key idea of wonder - from Ancient Greek histories and wonder works, to Islamic curiosities and Chinese strange histories, through to European historical cabinets of curiosity and grappling with the horrors of the Holocaust.

Ancient Dynasties

A study of the ruling families of the ancient world known to the Greeks and Romans, analysing features of ruling dynasties (including the leading families of republican Rome). It catalogues all the dynasties (over 150 of them) known to have existed between approximately 1000 BC and AD 750 from the Atlantic Ocean to Baktria.