What are the best books that inspired Black Sails TV series?

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    #1The Iliad

    The Iliad

    The Iliad is the first and also most important literary achievement in the history of ancient Greek and mankind. It's an epic poem without rival in world literature that explains the story of the last year of the Trojan War. 

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    George Silva
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Amazing story for anyone to read. Made into a movie, the story of The Illiad is engrained in ancient Greek history and the story of mankind. Absolutely love this book!"
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    #2The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)

    Admired by the ancient Greek poets, one should have definitely got their hands on Homer's The Odyssey. It serves as the canon work in literature in which every man's journey through life was carefully and creatively narrated.

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    Aaron Diaz
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "I haven't read The Odyssey but it is a great fit for inspiring the Black Sails TV series, The Beautiful and Damned could also be a great fit."
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    #3The Greek Myths

    The Greek Myths
    The Greek Myths: Complete Edition is a historical folklore book curated by Robert Graves on the classic ancient mythologies of ancient Greece. Published in 1992 by Penguin Books.
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    Gary Stewart
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "An extremely interesting book into greek mythology which has all of our favorite myths. It will keep you turning page after page."
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    #4A General History of the Robberies

    A General History of the Robberies

    A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the most notorious Pyrates by Charles Johnson and Daniel Defoe is a republication of the 1724 book about the pirates. Published in 2015.

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    #5A Cruising Voyage Round the World

    A Cruising Voyage Round the World

    A Cruising Voyage Round the World: The Adventures of an English Privateer is a classic nonfiction book that recounts Woodes Rogers' circumnavigation in 1708-1711. First published in 1712.

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    Brenda Harrison
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book seems really interesting as inspiration for the Black Sails TV series. I would like to read the book and see how it compares."
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    #6Treasure Island

    Treasure Island

    Treasure Island is a children's historical novel by Robert Louis Stevenson that tells the story of Jim Hawkins as he sets off on an expedition in search of Captain Flint's buried treasure. Along the way, he endures mutiny and pirate attacks. 

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    Amit Pawar
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "It's a classic for sure, and I like the overall concept, but it's a little too old-school for me. I think that's because when I was younger, I read an adaptation of Indiana Jones that reads better than this does. Both are similar tales, and one obviously influenced the other, but it just didn't "grab" me the way I hoped it would."
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    #7Don Quixote

    Don Quixote
    Don Quixote by the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes is considered the first modern novel. It was published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615. It is about a rich man who went crazy after reading chivalry tales and traveled around the world. 
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    Chan Jiang
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Don Quixote by the Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes and is widely considered the first modern novel. It has been translated into English some 20 times since the novel appeared in two parts in 1605 and 1615, and at least five times in the last half-century."
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    #8Moby Dick

    Moby Dick
    Moby Dick is a novel by American author Herman Melville. It is the story of captain Ahab’s quest for revenge against Moby Dick, the whale that destroyed Ahab's ship and severed his leg at the knee on a previous voyage.Originally, the novel was a failure but in the 20th century it was rediscover and recognized as work of literary genius.
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    Kimberly Gomez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "One of the best books that inspired Black Sails TV series would definitely be Moby Dick. It is a classic tale about a journey on a ship that follows a fascinating story. I really enjoyed Moby Dick and fondly remember reading the book when I was younger and I would really recommend it if you're looking for something similar. "
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    #9New American Standard Bible

    New American Standard Bible
    The NASB is a literal English Bible translation, looking to provide more clarity and readability for a better understanding while maintaining high accuracy to the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek sources.
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    Juan Carlos Varela
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Using this has made the word of God so much easier and clearer to comprehend (as much as humanly possible) I've coupled bible study with commentary from blue letter bible also. I like that the translation of this NASB Bible being closest grammar to Hebrew and Greek languages and most literal than that of previous bibles that I've used. I also like the spacing of the text, in two columns as opposed to taking the whole page up."
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    #10The Republic

    The Republic
    The Republic is one of the most famous works of the Greek philosopher Plato. Written around 380 BC, the book is a Socratic dialogue in which an ideal state is defined. Is considered one of the most influential works of philosophy and political theory.
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    Julia Castillo
    Written on May 10, 2018
    ""The Republic", a book fastened from the works of the Greek philosopher Plato, seems precariously out of place among the collection of literary works that inspired the TV show Black Sails. "The Republic" is all about ancient philosophical ideas whereas Black Sails is about pirates and their accompanying adventures. Plato's book is certainly a masterpiece and its influence cannot be denied, but it has no relevance to the adventures of pirates."

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Best What are the best books that inspired Black Sails TV series
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The IliadBooks 21 Paid
2The Odyssey (Penguin Classics)Books 18 Paid
3The Greek MythsBooks 13 Paid
4A General History of the RobberiesBooks 12 Paid
5A Cruising Voyage Round the WorldBooks 10 Paid
6Treasure IslandBooks 6 Paid
7Don QuixoteBooks 5 Paid
8Moby DickBooks 4 Paid
9New American Standard BibleBooks 2 Paid
10The RepublicBooks 1 Paid
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