See Primary Sources for chapters on Greek saga and legend, especially 18, 19, and 23.
Blegen, Carl W. Troy and the Trojans. New York: Praeger, 1963.
Bury, J. B., and Meiggs, R. A History of Greece. London: Macmillan, 1975. This revision is the fourth edition of the durable history first published by Bury in 1900.
Cambridge Ancient History. 3d ed. Vols. 1 and 2. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1970-1975. The standard work of reference in English, with chapters by various authorities. These volumes cover the early history of the Aegean world and the Near East and Bronze Age Greece.
Castleden, Rodney. Minoans: Life in Bronze Age Crete. New York: Routledge. 1993. This book follows upon Castleden's previous work The Knossos Labyrinth (1990), in which he postulates a new view about the palace.
Chadwick, John. The Mycenaean World. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1976.
Dickinson, Oliver. The Aegean Bronze Age. Cambridge World Archaeology. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Drews, Robert, The End of the Bronze Age: Changes in Warfare and the Catastrophe ca. 1200 B.C. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996.
Ellis, Richard, Imagining Atlantis. New York: Vintage Books, 1999. Out of the countless books about the legendary Atlantis, this must be one of the best. Entertaining and reliable, Ellis surveys the archaeological evidence and the many theories (fiction and film are included) of authors ranging from Plato to Arthur Conan Doyle.
Fitton, J. Lesley. The Discovery of the Greek Bronze Age. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1996. An excellent survey of the excavations and their historical interpretation.
A Guide to Troia, by the Director of the excavations, Manfred Korfmann and his staff, Excavation Guides Series: 1 (Istanbul: ege press, revised edition, 1999).
Luce, J. V. Homer's Landscapes: Troy and Ithaca Revisited. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1998. A gratifying study that restores one's faith in the maligned historicity of Homer. Luce shows the accuracy of Homer's geography of Troy and the Troad in the Iliad, and convinces us that the modern islands of Lefkas, Itháki, Kephalonia, and Zante, off the Gulf of Corinith, correspond to the descriptions in the Odyssey for Doulichion, Ithaca, Samos (Samê), and Zakythos. Although archaeology confirms Mycenean evidence on the islands, it still remains to discover the palace of Odysseus.
MacGillivray, Joseph Alexander, Minotaur: Sir Arthur Evans and the Archaeology of the Minoan Myth. Hill & Wang, 2000. The life and excavations of Evans, born in to wealth, a mediocre journalist, and then excavator of Knossos in 1900.
Mellersh, H. E. The Destruction of Knossos: The Rise and Fall of Minoan Crete. New York: Weybright & Talley, 1970.
Wood, Michael. In Search of the Trojan War. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996. Originally based on the BBC Television series and now updated, this is the best survey of the excavators, the excavations, and the interpretation of the evidence.