This course is a survey of masterpieces of Greek literature set in historical context, from the Archaic through the Hellenistic period, such as Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, the poetry of Sappho, and plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes. Through our reading we will work toward a better understanding of the texts themselves, the people and the culture that produced them, and the continuing relevance they hold for us today. Appropriate for first-year students, but open to all, the course is foundational for the classics major and minor. No prerequisite. Offered every other year.