I know a lot of you read history books. Anyway, I am looking for good biographies of ancient figures. I have read Plutarch (twice, and I love it), but I want either similar old texts or modern historical biographies of people from ancient Greece (inluding Hellenistic) or China.
Also, I am looking for good ancient histories that focus on tight events and/or time periods. For example, a book that gives a nice account of Rome's conquering of Greece, fights with Pyrrus, etc.