I've found myself of late reading articles on Wikipedia that have to do with ancient historical figures and their grand battles. Ancient history has always been something of interest to me, but only on a small scale. What I'm asking is if anyone knows of any good books that tell the stories of different civilizations and their historical figures? I'm not looking for any specific civilization, I'm keen to all different sorts, but preferably pre-gunpowder era. I'd like to take a break from reading only fiction and to learn more of histories ancient leaders and battles. I feel that a wealth of knowledge in the subject would benefit my writing and give further inspiration to imagination. Thank you in advance for all your recommendations!