CLA 224 offers an opportunity to read the greatest historians, and some of the greatest writers, of Greece and Rome, including Herodotus, Thucydides, Sallust, Tacitus, and Livy. Their narratives do indeed preserve an unfaded record of the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars, the rise and fall of the Roman Republic, and the decadence of its imperial court. We will also study the epic tradition of remembering great deeds including Homer’s Iliad and Vergil’s Aeneid. All works will be read in English. No prior knowledge of classical literature or ancient history is required. Those who have never had the chance to get to know the masterpieces of the classical past or who want to think more about how and why history is writing are especially welcome.