Calling Victor Davis Hanson: Best Classical Books on War and Translations
I am currently reading VDH's The Father of Us All: War and History--Ancient and Modern, a series of superb essays by Dr. Hanson on a variety of war-related topics.
In the course of reading these essays, Dr. Hanson refers to several seminal works from the classical world, most prominently Thucidydides Peloponnesian War, but also to Xenophon, Plutarch, and others, not to mention the great works of Greek theatre that comment on the issues flowing from these classical wars. So here's my two-part question. For those of us who wish to delve into some of these original writings, which are the essential texts (history, poetry, and drama) the amateur should begin with, and which are the best translations? I've read the Fagles translations of Homer's great works (and loved them), but have no clue (aside from Thucydides) which I should read, and which translators accurately and accessibly render the works into English.
And perhaps as a added bonus, give us the five best modern war memoirs (which I'm sure would include E.B. Sledge's memoir of Peleliu and Okinawa).
Can you give us some help?
Ricocheteer's comments are likewise solicited.