The reason I went looking for "ancient history readers" in Google Library was because I was getting in over my head with all the things Kieron could possibly read for Ancient History. I thought that if I saw what some turn of the century educators thought particularly worthwhile to excerpt, it would give me a way to hit the high points.
On the other hand, while the Greek historians were overwhelming me a bit, the Greek poets are making me very happy. When I was in junior high school I took an elective class on Greek Myths and my teacher, who was very good, got me interested in Greek literature. I went on to read Sophocles, Aeschylus, and even a play or two by Aristophanes that were on my Dad's shelves. I think I was so naive I missed the bad parts in Aristophanes, though I definitely picked up on his irreverence.
I'm enjoying rereading them now. I remember them pretty well considering it's been thirty years or more.
The plan for literature:
Iliad read aloud throughout the year -- very slow reading.
First Term: Odyssey
Second Term : Greek drama -- Aeschylus, Oresteian trilogy; Sophocles, Theban plays (Oedipus Rex, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone). Aristotle's Poetics.
Third Term: Plato
Fourth Term: (if time provides) Aeneid
Supplement with Plutarch, a couple of Lives per term.