There's something about turning 30 that seems to send people back to the books. It's as if the 4+ year trauma of college wounds the intellect so deeply that it takes years to fully recover. By about 30, though, it seems to be back in working order and ready to go. I take as evidence of this the large number of friends that I have that are auditing courses, taking classes, considering going back for a masters, learning a new language, or just taking on a challenging course of study. The bug hit me last summer and I spent a good portion of my bonus on amassing a small library of books on Ancient Greece. Though I don't teach them, the Ancient Greeks are my first academic love and I thought it was high time I returned to them. So... Here's what I'm working on:
Alexander by Robin Lane Fox
Traveling Heroes in the Epic Age of Homer by Robin Lane Fox
Early Greece by Oswyn Murry
The Spartacus War by Barry Strauss
The War that Killed Achilles by Caroline Alexander
Early Cyprus by Vassos Karageorghis
Games and Sanctuaries In Ancient Greece by Panos Valavanis
Greek Tragedy and Political Theory ed. J. Peter Euben
Economic and Social History of Ancient Greece by Pierre Vidal-Naquet et al.
and with Christmas here, more titles may be forthcoming.